Goondiwindi Medical Centre became interested in social prescribing after information came out from Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) in 2019. The new year gave us an opportunity to talk about parkrun and participate at an event.
We started promoting the event on our Facebook page. We were recommending parkrun to improve fitness, make friends, improve mental wellbeing and boost self-confidence. Prescriptions were written and patients were encouraged to attend.
Ten GPs from our practice came down with reception staff and practice nurses. We volunteered, took photos, provided breakfast, ran, walked, and encouraged our community throughout the event. 114 people completed the 5km with more volunteering or doing part of the course – this is a fantastic turnout for Goondiwindi parkrun.
We hope our enthusiasm will have lingering effects for 2020. We endeavour to attend an event again in the future and will continue to prescribe this great activity to our patients!
Dr Anna Carswell
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