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Supporting wellbeing in Cairns

Our Wellbeing Centre in Cairns was a hive of activity when visitors and staff rolled up their sleeves as part of Australia's Biggest Blood Pressure Check.

Friday April 15, 2016

Volunteer James rolls up his sleeves for the blood pressure check

The Red Cross Wellbeing Centre - Pat Gosper Place provides accommodation for people from some of the most remote parts of far north Queensland and the Torres Strait who are receiving medical treatment in Cairns.

The centre is designed to reflect the Red Cross wellbeing model, with its sense of openness, welcome and homeliness, mirroring health and recovery.

With people in rural and remote communities suffering from poorer health, reduced life expectancy and higher levels of disease and illness, the Centre fills a real gap for people who are unable to access the quality and range of medical services people in the city.

The Wellbeing Centre has 44 rooms all with an ensuite, a large kitchen and dining area. It hosts a range of activities to support guests' overall health and welfare.

Local operations manager Luke Wenitong says Red Cross was pleased to support the Australia's Biggest Blood Pressure Check as part of our work to support the wellbeing of guests, staff and volunteers.

"We run a range of health awareness activities, and this one was really important," he says.

"Around four million Australians are living with high blood pressure and many don't know it! High blood pressure is one of the most important stroke risk factors. It is often called the 'silent killer' as the only way to know you have high blood pressure is to get checked," he says.

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