National private insurance brokerage backs health service challenge

Media Release 14 December 2015

Insurance House, one of Australia's largest private insurance brokerage and preferred provider for Aboriginal Medical Services, sponsored Goondir Health Services' executives CEO Floyd Leedie and EO Louise Sanderson in their 5km challenge held last Wednesday the 9th of December.

Insurance House Queensland State Manager Ian Dobbs said the challenge positively promotes a healthy lifestyle.

"Insurance House are very proud to be supporting this event. Raising awareness and promoting the benefits of choosing a healthy and proactive lifestyle is so important. It's great to see both CEO Floyd Leedie and EO Louise Sanderson of Goondir Health Services leading by example and running for such a great cause", he said.

Goondir Health Services CEO Floyd Leedie said that although he was defeated by Louise and fellow Goondir employee Rachael Smith, he will continue his new healthy lifestyle.

"I didn't expect to win but the challenge made me a winner before I started. In the lead up to the event I changed my lifestyle and had a check-up. We've got a great team at Goondir, and while we did this as friendly competition, it did have a serious side. As a health service we also need to be leading by example, particularly when it comes to preventing chronic disease", he said.

"In addition to the sponsorship by Insurance House, we had support from Diabetes Queensland, CheckUP, and the local Aboriginal Medical Service, North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health, which also nominated Sharelle Eggmolesse and Nicole McDermott as runners on the day. These providers all have a vested interest in improving the health of the community we serve. We intend that this workplace initiative will be an annual contest where we compete against other health agencies. Keep an eye out in the new year for the calling of nominations for community and staff to represent their health service."

The 5km run was held as part of Goondir Health Services annual staff training.

Media contact: Louise Sanderson 0437 100 759