News & Media

02 March 2016

Pain is not slowing Graham down

Graham Fisher is in his mid-seventies, but he still enjoys being on the move.

Karyn Thomas, care coordinator, with Graham Fisher.
Karyn Thomas, care coordinator, with Graham Fisher.

Graham Fisher is in his mid-seventies, but he still enjoys being on the move.

The Traralgon resident enjoys caravanning and four-wheel driving, and still works as a guard on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway train.

But when he started experiencing chronic back pain, Graham knew taking painkillers would affect his leisure activities. He wanted to learn about how to manage his pain without resorting to medication.

“Through the Better Health Self-Management course, I learned my limits and not to push myself too far,” he said.

“I feel quite well and can get through everyday duties like gardening because I know how to manage my pain.”

Graham also has a heart condition and diabetes, which he is managing through a balanced diet and exercise.

“I’ve recommended this course to friends; the facilitators are good and everything is explained to us well,” he said.

Karyn Thomas, care coordinator at Latrobe Community Health Service, said Graham’s confidence in managing his pain had increased since participating in the course.

“He’s increased his exercise as well to keep himself fit, engaged with the community and involved in the activities he enjoys,” she said.

The six-week course helps people with a long-term health condition learn how to set goals, manage symptoms and understand medication use.

The course is offered in Morwell, Moe and Traralgon. For more information phone Latrobe Community Health Service on 1800 242 696.