28 June, 2021
Innovative ideas to get Queenslanders moving
NEW and creative ideas to keep Queenslanders active and healthy are predicted to generate more than $6 million for the Palaszczuk Government’s Economic Recovery Plan.
Innovation and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the ActiveKIT program had funded 39 innovative ideas to get Queenslanders moving.
“We know how critical movement and physical flexibility are for the health of Queenslanders of all ages and abilities,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“That’s why we invited the active sport industry to come up with new ideas to help make exercise easier and more convenient.”
Projects funded by ActiveKIT include:
- An app to encourage office workers to make movement part of their daily routine.
- Physical activity programs for cancer survivors, arthritis sufferers and Queenslanders with a disability
- A multi-gym access pass for sport climbers
- Digital registration system to streamline club sign-on days
- Administration software for sporting clubs
- Local Government-developed, location-specific exercise opportunities for seniors, women and girls
- Online coaching platforms for community clubs by state level sporting organisations
“ActiveKIT is putting innovation to work in collaboration with Health and Wellbeing Queensland to keep Queenslanders healthy and active for our COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
A total of 108 ActiveKIT applications were received for co-funded, innovative projects up to $200,000.
Health and Wellbeing Queensland Chief Executive Dr Robyn Littlewood said the ActiveKIT fund was an important way to create new opportunities for Queenslanders to move more and make physical activity a part of their daily lives.
“We know 420,000 Queenslanders are not getting enough physical activity each week,” said Dr Littlewood.
“We need innovative solutions to make it easier for people to put their health first – preventative health is key and physical activity is critical to this agenda.
“It helps us maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk of conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.”
For more program information, visit the website at www.dtis.qld.gov.au/activekit