Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals' stories
Earlier this year a Consultant from the emergency department at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) launched FSH Run Club with the aim to involve and include more FSH healthcare staff to be socially connected through running or walking. The run club were held both Tuesday mornings and Thursdays afternoons, before and after work shifts, and hosted by run leaders. Of course the run club also enjoyed the post run coffees. With the recent covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the run club ceased and once again the ED Consultant reignited his motivational skills to keep colleagues safe and active by setting up the Activ-20 challenge via a social media group page.
Activ-20 has daily goals based on the number of fitness achievements completed by the group the day before. Members receive emoji badges if they complete the challenge. Some of the emoji’s include: the orange for 10 days continuous fitness, the night owl for any work outs or fitness completed at night time, the camel for any Wednesday runs or workouts, the movie camera emoji for anyone who films their workout or activity and the toilet paper roll for any member who has started the challenge with no days missed.
The challenge has been running for over a month and has seen over 30 staff involved. This challenge has motivated staff to be active as well as connected over this stressful and uncertain time. PHOTO: photos are sent in by members of their daily fitness achievements.
During November Fiona Stanley Hospital staff competed in the Department of Transport’s WA Bike Month Challenge, coming first in the ‘Healthcare’ category (over 2000 staff) and fourth overall winner within Western Australia. Shannon Mullen Senior Pharmacist at FSH (in photo) as challenge champion encouraged another 52 staff to participate in the challenge. The teams together rode 13,200 kilometres for the month. It was great that cyclist encouraged cyclists during the challenge.
The WA Bike Month Challenge is a fun program for all Western Australians to encourage their friends, family and colleagues to ride a bike and share in the benefits of riding. It doesn't matter if you ride every day or haven't been on a bike in years. Hospital staff enjoyed the challenge and many found it a great way to unwind from a busy day of work. If you would like further information email the FSFHG wellness committee FSFHG.email@example.com
Recently the end of trip facilities, (such as showers, free towels and a locker) and Make your Move resources have been widely promoted at FSH to ease staff demand for carpark facilities as well as encouraging a more active way to get to and from work.
Sarah Whittaker, FSH’s Clinical Educator commutes approximately four days a week from Spearwood, about 11km door to door, taking between 30-35 mins. “I have a couple of bikes, a basic hybrid commuter bike that’s really good and I use it a lot on the weekends. A road bike (but no lycra!) which is what I use for work as it is lighter and quicker. I started off with hybrid bike, but I got a road bike because I was starting to do mini triathlons and it is easier to ride for commuting”.
“You do get hot and sweaty but the end of trip facilities are very good here, plenty of locker space, lots of people have racks which they are happy to share. Swipe in, 5 mins shower and change”, says Sarah.
Some of Sarah’s commuting tips include:
Find out who else cycles and ask them if you aren’t sure where the facilities are.
Don’t be put off - keep it up!
Plan your route, cycle on a weekend and do a gentle trial run, this gives you a rough time. You do get quicker over time!
Local government websites have links to cycling maps.
Bring gear in a rucksack, don’t forget, always have uniform, change of underwear and socks. Shampoo, body wash, towel and swap in and out of lockers. Others have their hairdryers and makeup.
You don’t have to do every day, try it once or twice per week and then build up
Staff accessing the end of trip facilities will be consulted in early 2019 to seek feedback about the facilities and to suggest improvements for the future that will encourage more staff to cycle to work. Stay tuned for further updates.
Did you know that Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) has a number of travel options to and from the site?
The Fiona Stanley Hospital Make Your Move brochure was developed to increase access to the hospital via active transport options.
The resource informs staff of the variety of ways to travel to FSH whether it be by foot, bicycle or public transport. A list of all the bus routes and cycle ways are also included. It is hoped that this will encourage an increase in physical activity levels for staff, visitors and some patients but also ease pressure on hospital car park facilities. Being active every day has a number of social, mental and physical health benefits. A patient and visitors brochure has also been developed.
The brochure has been circulated to FSH staff areas, kitchen and lunch rooms, as well as electronically available upon the staff wellness hub.
Check out the Make your Move brochure and consider how you may be able to supplement your physical activity using active transport.
Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) has been named as the winner of a workplace competition for the Department of Transport’s Your Move initiative.
Staff Wellness Committee member Alicia Talbot said the win was fantastic news and the committee was looking into how best to spend the 1 000 Your Move points prize.
“A number of staff cycle to work, so the possibility of having the Bike Doctor host bike maintenance workshops and cycling safety would be a great opportunity,” Alicia said. “This will certainly help us to further promote active transport to staff as we step into spring.”
The Staff Wellness Committee has been actively encouraging staff to cycle, walk or use public transport to get to work over the past year.
Alicia said there was a great response to the Bike Week activities. “The committee held an information stand at Fiona Stanley Hospital to inspire staff to get on their bikes,” Alicia said.
“We developed a video that showcased the hospital’s bike facilities and amenities, and how to enter the site using local bike paths.”
By swapping a few car trips per week for active travel, staff have been able to build more physical activity into their routine, spend more quality time with friends and family, and save money.
Pedal power to healthy eating
South Metropolitan Health Promotion Service organised a stall for Bike Week to promote the FSFHG Wellness Committee. Using pedal power over 100 healthy smoothies were made outside the Ladies Auxiliary Kiosk on B5. The bike was made by Lifecykel out of an old 70’s exercise bike and a washing machine motor, both found on the side of the road. The stall was attended by clinical staff (41%), and non-clinical staff (37%).
Ride Your Bike to Work Competition
Congratulations to the winners of the ride your bike to work day selfie contest!
Well done for braving the rain!. Special thanks to Your Move and Bicycling WA for the prizes and Joel Gurr for drawing the prize winners.
Fremantle Bicycle User Group
There was a presentation by the Fremantle Bicycle User Group. The aims of this group are advocacy, infrastructure planning, social rides, and community events.
Secure Bike Facilities - K Block
Five staff members rode to work to help promote the K Block secure bike facility. A guided tour of the facilities was provided by the Travel Smart Coordinator. Features include new lockers, bike parking, flooring, hair dryer, ironing board and shower facilities. There are 50 lockers available for use. Please register your interest and to obtain an entry code for the bike facility at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FSFHG Staff Wellness Committee held an information stand at Fiona Stanley Hospital to promote Bike Week on 16 March. Showcasing a video of how to enter the site using the local bike paths and handing out cycle path maps and information, Kirsty, Gordon and Alicia spoke to staff members who were eager to give cycling to work a go.
For those who were keen to get on their bike, information about staff amenities and bicycle storage were provided. A quick survey was also completed on what staff would like to see to encourage them to cycle more. The video of how to enter site will be placed on the FSH intranet hub in the coming weeks.
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