•Integrative health combines conventional and
management with complementary and allied
health services in a patient centred manner to
reduce mortality and morbidity.
•Many services are unavailable or unaffordable for
disadvantaged young Western Australians living
with chronic disease, major trauma, or cancer.
•In contrast to passive treatment and
pharmacotherapy, active rehabilitation is the
most effective form of treatment for many
chronic conditions as it addresses the entire
biopsychosocial spectrum of the disease.
•AR can result in lifelong health benefits and
increase short and long-term quality of life.
•The not for profit organisation ‘Be Inspired
Foundation’ (BIF) was founded in 2014 to help
facilitate these services.
•The aim of the Be Inspired Foundation is to
provide the opportunity for disadvantaged youth
in Western Australia living with long term
impairments to adopt lifelong coping strategies
and improve their quality of life.
•This will be achieved through the provision of
scholarships for active rehabilitation (exercise
rehabilitation, diet advice and counselling)
treatment plans which will help beneficiaries
reach maximum medical improvement and
reduce permanent impairments with minimal to
no ‘out-of-pocket expenses’.
•Eligible beneficiaries include:
−youth under 18 living in WA, and
−low socioeconomic (Health Care Card), and
−would benefit from active rehabilitation.
•Multiple entry pathways are available (Figure 1)
•Each BIF treatment plan will be managed on a
•Plans will be created in a multidisciplinary setting
and will require sign off by all stakeholders
including the beneficiary’s legal guardian, the BIF
case manager, the treating clinicians, and each of
the allied health practitioners providing service.
•Ongoing evaluation will ensure uptake and
beneficial outcomes are achieved.
•BIF is a relatively new Western Australian
organisation, however, we acknowledge that
access to AR should not be bound by state borders.
Therefore, we are looking to work nationally with
accredited health care providers registered with
peak national bodies such as Exercise and Sports
Be Inspired Foundation: Creating access to wellness for disadvantaged and
young Australians living with cancer, major trauma, or chronic disease
Gregory Levin1,2 Darren Webb1Andres Noe1,3 Rebecca Kidd1, Shane Johnstone1
1Be Inspired Foundation, Perth, WA; 2Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA,; 3The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Building lifelong independence
Figure 1. Referral pathway for beneficiaries
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