Cindy Chung, Exercise Physiologist at Redbank
For more than 40 years, Westmead Hospital’s Redbank House has been at the forefront of specialist treatment for children and teenagers experiencing severe, complex and treatment resistant mental health issues.
Managing strong emotions or anger is just one of the techniques children learn to help them regain control, prevent self-harm or to stop them from hurting others.
The ongoing generosity of donors such as Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation has been crucial for Redbank, which has received support in the form of exercise and music equipment, and more recently with the introduction of the Exercise Physiologist who helps children to develop their ability to manage stress and anxiety.
Research shows that exercise has many short and long-term benefits, not only for the children’s physical health but also their mental health.
“Our exercise program stimulates endorphins and serotonin that improve the mood, as well as the parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning,” Cindy said.
Regular exercise can reduce symptoms of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, assist with recovery from mental health issues and boost the immune system.
Cindy has experience in the assessment, design, and delivery of exercise and behaviour change interventions. Her individually designed exercise programmes make a valuable contribution to each child’s recovery.
If you want to support the work of Redbank or any other area of Westmead Hospital, please contact please contact us on 1800 639 037.