Overview | Webinars | Community Connectors Program | VAAP Self-assessment Tool and ResourcesImportant documents | Meet the team

Overview of project

Musculoskeletal Australia (MSK) have been successful in securing an Australian government grant through the Sport Australia ‘Move it AUS- Better Ageing’ initiative. Musculoskeletal Australia will be working with the University of Sydney to oversee and implement the Project.

The ‘Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians’ project will aim to:

  1. enhance older people’s understanding of the benefits of regular physical activity (PA);
  2. improve access to PA amongst older people (especially those who are socially isolated and disadvantaged and currently not engaged in PA) through Neighbourhood Houses providing more age-appropriate PA opportunities;
  3. enable PA to be a regular component of the participants’ lives;
  4. support older people’s engagement in PA at Neighbourhood houses by developing a peer support program; and
  5. improve the knowledge and skills of Neighbourhood House staff and volunteers involved in planning and delivering age-appropriate PA activities to older people.

The ‘Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians’ project will support the expansion of PA programs for older people in all Neighbourhood Houses and Centres across Australia through capacity building, partnership development, awareness raising, and activation of peer support for program participants.

If you would like more information on programs available or attend a program, please contact your local Neighbourhood House or Centre, or contact MSK ANOA project staff on (03) 8531 8020 or

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Webinar 1 – Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians Project: an overview of project, funding requirements, training opportunities, support and resources for staff and volunteers.
Thursday 31 October 2019, 11am to 12pm (AEST)
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Webinar 1 slides

Webinar 2 – Tools and strategies to engage older people in physical activity
Thursday 21 November 2019, 1pm to 2pm (AEST)
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Webinar 2 slides

Webinar 3 – Engaging inactive older people in physical activity: Some tips and ideas
Thursday 28 November 2019, 11am to 12pm (AEST)
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Webinar 3 slides

Community Connectors Program

The Community Connectors (CC) Program aims to raise awareness of the physical activity (PA) programs for older people at Neighbourhood Houses or Centres (NH) and provides personal support and a welcoming environment for new, older people attending PA classes. Implementation of the CC Program is freely available to any NH throughout Australia.

To learn what’s involved in the CC Program, please view the webinar recording below. This webinar (which was screened recently by the ANOA Project Team) covers details such as the goals of the program, the benefits for NHs of having CCs, who might be suitable as a CC and what they might do. Details about the CC training and the overall evaluation of the initiative is also covered. You may also like to view the sample role description for a CC.  

The ANOA Community Connector Program – Setting up the Program at your NH
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Webinar slides 

Please note that there is no cost involved in running or undertaking the CC training, or for involvement in the CC Program overall.

If you are interested in implementing the CC Program at your NH or have any queries about the Program, please email ANOA team

VAAP Self-assessment Tool and Resources (SaTR)

The VAAP Self-assessment Tool and Resources has been designed to assist you to review and reflect on your current programs and activities, to think about what you’re currently doing and if it might need to be improved. The SaTR takes a continuous quality improvement approach and is intended as a ‘value-adding’ tool.

We are currently in the process of reviewing and updating the tool. The revised version will be completed early in the New Year and will be available to access through this page once reviewed.

Important documents

ANOA Project Team

Emma Cross
Emma Cross – Project Manager

Bec Benini
Bec Benini – Health Promotion Coordinator

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