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ASSETS ON PRESCRIPTION
October 27th

GREEN PRESCRIPTIONS, NEW ZEALAND MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Diana O'Neill, Senior Advisor in Primary Health Care Implementation at the Ministry, will outline the Green Prescription - a health professional’s written advice to a patient to be physically active as part of their health management. Some 40,000 New Zealanders a year receive such prescriptions along with support to increase their physical activity and well-being. Diana will talk about the origins and administration of the scheme, its success and its implications for parks, recreation and leisure assets.

BOOK PRESCRIPTION WALES, PUBLIC HEALTH WALES
Scheme founder Professor Neil Frude will outline the origins and early development whilst Sue Thomas of the Health Promotion Library at Public Health Wales will discuss its current success. The highly successful scheme involves a GP or other health professional prescribing a therapy book which is available to borrow from any branch library across Wales. The national program was rolled out after a successful scheme in Cardiff. 30,000 self-help books are borrowed every year and three of the 10 most borrowed books in the country are self-help. Much evidence shows that such prescription works.

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