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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 20 September 2018) . . Page.. 3977 ..

(14) How many participants submitted a response to the survey.

(15) Was a survey results report prepared.

(16) Will the Minister attach a copy of the report to her answer to this question on notice; if not, why not.

(17) To what extent did the outcome of the survey inform the decision to reduce class sizes.

(18) What programs and events have been developed to ensure the continuation of social interaction between class participants outside of classes.

(19) What events have been held to date under those programs.

(20) What is done to facilitate social interaction between participants during class.

(21) What third-party support is given to the program (a) financially and (b) in-kind.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) In January 2017, CIT took over the running of the Heartmoves Program (after the Australian Heart Foundation ceased the program in December 2016), and conducted a risk assessment of the program. Based on the recommendations of CIT Work, Health and Safety Department (WHS), CIT Fit & Well class sizes were reduced to guarantee the safety of participants.

(2) The decision to decrease the class sizes was made because of WHS requirements, following a risk assessment of the program. The smaller class sizes provide instructors with capacity for increased one-on-one supervision and expanded the area of physical space. Creating more physical space has allowed CIT to develop unique exercise programs to address the needs of clients who may have a higher risk of injury.

The reduction in class sizes has ensured the inclusion of high risk clients who have a variety of health conditions and associated health risks.


a) Four (4) Heartmoves classes were offered per week.

b) Five (5) additional classes were offered resulting in a total of nine (9) Heart Health classes per week.


a) Ranged between 40 and 50 participants.

b) Capped at 25 participants.


a) CIT Fit & Well offered two specialisation classes in 2016, along with the four (4) Heartmoves classes:

One Osteocise class per week

One Yoga class per week

b) From January 2017 the four (4) Heartmoves classes per week were replaced with nine (9) Heart Health classes. CIT Fit & Well has since offered the following additional specialised classes:

Two extra Osteocise classes per week were added

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