A five-year agreement between UCOL and MidCentral District Health Board to provide exercise programmes for people with chronic (long term) conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, will come to an end in December.
The clinic was the first of its kind in New Zealand and has made a difference to the health of many members of the local community.
UCOL Chief Executive Leeza Boyce said: “UCOL has decided to focus its resources on delivering exercise and wellness tertiary qualifications that meet the needs of employers and will not be seeking to renew its contract with MidCentral District Health Board when comes to an end in December. UCOL staff and students have accessed the clinic for practical experience and have helped many people with their rehabilitation since it opened in 2012. The clinic, known as U-Kinetics, provided care to over 1500 people during its five years of operation.
MidCentral DHB Chief Executive Kathryn Cook said the DHB will look at options for meeting the needs of people requiring this service before deciding on how to move forward. “The unique qualities of U-Kinetics have benefited many people and we believe clinical exercise physiology is a developing profession for which there is a growing need as the population ages and more people are living with long term health conditions. Working with UCOL in this way has been a great opportunity to explore the health qualification and skills required in this area. Despite the conclusion of this contract, we will continue to encourage the development of this profession.
“Current local options available for exercise and physical activity programmes include the Sport Manawatu Green Prescription service and the Central PHO Physical Activity Educators.”
UCOL is contacting people who have been referred to the clinic and clients.