Exercise referral program a local hit

The exercise referral program, which to date has 113 area GPs registered, is founded on a UK model and began as a pilot in 2004 as a way of meeting the need for a physical activity program in the Sutherland Shire. It has since had more than 3000 referrals and will continue to operate under Medicare Local changes.

The Sutherland Shire GP Division is in talks with Caringbah YMCA to provide another site for its GP Exercise Referral Scheme (GPERS), which is currently partnered with two leisure centres owned by the local council.

Eligible patients include those with