City of Subiaco - Health and wellbeing
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Health and wellbeing

Fitness and exercise

The city manages Lords Recreation Centre. Lords is one of the leading recreation centres in Perth, combining indoor sport, aquatic, health and fitness facilities, and fantastic classes for all ages.

A number of low-cost classes catering specifically for the over 50s are also run at community centres throughout the City of Subiaco. These classes include:

  • Chair Yoga
  • Zumba Gold
  • Gold Fitness
  • Gold Pilates

Information relating to all your fitness options, including the group fitness timetable, is available on the Lords website.

Health checks

The city offers regular health clinics as part of the REACH (Roaming Education and Community Health) project, a community health initiative where student nurses provide basic health services to the community.

These checks are free and take approximately fifteen minutes. The health checks include:

  • blood pressure
  • blood glucose
  • cholestoral
  • girth measurements
  • information about your health.

No appointments are necessary and everyone is welcome. Visit the city’s events calendar for details of the next clinic.

Mental health

Your mental health is as important as your physical wellbeing. Being mentally healthy means feeling a sense of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. It enables us to fully enjoy and appreciate other people, day-to-day life and our environment. When we are mentally healthy, we can form positive relationships, use our abilities to reach our potential and deal with life's challenges. The city supports and facilitates a number of programs to enhance the community’s mental wellbeing.

Act Belong Commit

The City of Subiaco is a proud community partner of the ‘Act Belong Commit’ mental health promotion campaign aimed at preventing the onset of mental health problems by encouraging people to look after their own mental wellbeing and raising awareness.

Mental health promotion and early intervention activities, such as those promoted by Act Belong Commit are recognised as being key to increasing individual resilience and building community cohesion to prevent the onset of mental health problems. The campaign encourages everyone to do things to keep mentally healthy by committing to the ABC guidelines for positive mental health:

Act – keep mentally, physically and socially active
Belong – maintain and create new social connections, become involved in local groups, attend community events
Commit – take up a cause, volunteer, commit to something that brings meaning and purpose to your life.


Books on Prescription

Books on Prescription is an effective way of helping people with common emotional or mental health problems, such as stress, depression, anxiety and grief. 

The program involves a general practitioner or other health professional prescribing a book that addresses a particular condition or issue. The selection will be made from a list of quality self-help books that have been compiled by experienced mental health practitioners and may assist with understanding and managing a particular health issue.

Once a person has received the prescription, they can then take it to Subiaco Library, 237 Rokeby Road, to find the book. For more information on the Books on Prescription program, please contact the city on 9237 9222.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Check out these websites for useful information about mental health and wellbeing:

  • beyondblue – an independent, not-for-profit organisation supported by state and federal governments working to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help and supporting recovery, management and resilience
  • Lifeline – a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services
  • Mental Health Commission – a government agency that provides leadership and support in the delivery of mental health services in Western Australia
  • SANE Australia – a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life through campaigning, education and research.

Age Friendly Subiaco

The City of Subiaco has begun working towards developing a Positive Ageing Plan, which will aim to promote an age-friendly environment that benefits the entire community – both the current and future generations.
An age-friendly community is one which: 

  • recognises the great diversity among older people
  • promotes their inclusion and contribution in all areas of community life 
  • respects their decisions and lifestyle choices
  • anticipates and responds to ageing-related needs and preferences.

The World Health Organisation developed an Age-Friendly Cities model in 2007 and, more recently, an Age-Friendly World model. These models are based on eight domains that assess a community’s age-friendliness, which are:

  • housing
  • social participation
  • respect and social inclusion
  • civic participation and employment
  • communication and information
  • community support and health services
  • outdoor spaces and buildings
  • transportation.

Services for Children

Child Health Centres are staffed by registered nurses with qualifications in child and family health. They provide a range of services for babies and young children up to four years of age.

Shenton Park Child Health Centre
334 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
9381 1867 

The city offers a range of activities, programs and workshops for parents and children, many of which relate to health and wellbeing.