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PRONIA looks to improve quality of life for Greeks living in Monash

PRONIA is delivering substantial culturally-appropriate activities and initiatives supporting the health and aged care needs of the local Greek community. The next is set to take place on Wednesday 12 July

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07 July 2017

PRONIA is set to host a workshop on Health and Community for elderly Greeks at the Clayton Community Centre this month as part of a long-standing collaboration with the City of Monash and not-for-profit organisation Link Health and Community Services (Link HC).

Through the Greeks Living Healthier in Monash project, PRONIA is delivering substantial culturally-appropriate activities and initiatives supporting the health and aged care needs of the local Greek community.

According to the latest census data, Monash has the largest concentration of people born in Greece in the eastern region of Melbourne, with 12,860 Greece-born people currently living in the area, the majority aged 65 years and older.

The organisation understands that it is not uncommon for elderly Greeks to find it difficult to understand and navigate the health and aged care systems due to language and cultural barriers, which is why PRONIA focuses on health information and community education, primarily aged care and local council services as well as maintaining links with local elderly clubs and individuals and families in the City of Monash.

Having consulted widely with the community over the years, PRONIA has established support groups for people with chronic illness in Oakleigh and Clayton, and also holds an established monthly grandparents' support group in Clayton for grandparents who do not have access to their grandchildren or are carers of their grandchildren post-separation of adult children.

Meanwhile, the Clayton Community Centre has become a hub of bicultural activities and information provision for Greeks of all ages. Elderly Greeks are linked into library services, computer and iPad learning, English classes, exercise, and recreation groups, as well as counselling, dentists, podiatrists, dietitians, doctors, physiotherapists, and many other services provided by the local council and Link HC.

To participate in the upcoming workshop, make a booking (essential) by calling PRONIA on (03) 9388 9998.
When: Wednesday 12 July from 10.30 am to 12 noon
Where: Clayton Community Centre, 9-15 Cooke St, Clayton, VIC

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