The Old Paradians’ Association and Parade College has formed a strategic alliance with Northpark Private Hospital, as part of a commitment from all parties in the interest of men’s health.

Under the exclusive arrangement, Northpark will avail its many and varied resources to both the Association and the College, which consider men’s health a relevant priority.

Accordingly, Northpark will facilitate a number of community engagement activities tailored to the specific needs of both the College, the Association and its member sporting clubs on a regular basis – including health education sessions involving specialist speakers for students, staff, parents and Old Paradians, with topics determined by the needs of the respective groups.

Northpark is also interested in facilitating work experience and student volunteer opportunities; and providing corporate support to the Old Paradians.

The arrangement was recently finalised following a meeting involving Northpark General Manager Simon Keating, Business Development Manager Lisa Aughsteen, Old Paradians’ Association CEO Tony De Bolfo, Parade College Assistant Principal Staff Welfare & Development Mark Aiello and Community Liaison Officer Jim Seymour.

Pictured from left to right in the accompanying photograph is Jim, Northpark Director of Nursing Liz Bogdan, Lisa and Tony, taken prior to a recent tour of the hospital.

Lisa said there were obvious synergies between the parties.

“Northpark Private Hospital has been providing high quality healthcare to Melbourne’s northern suburbs for over 30 years. Our associations and relationship with our local community is the driving factor in our operations,” Lisa said.

“We are excited to partner with Parade College and the Old Paradians’ Association to further extend our reach with those who matter to us – our community. We are looking forward to using our combined resources to spread our health message and bring attention to important health prevention issues.”

For the OPA, the Northpark alignment is a welcome development, as for some time now the association has considered supporting its alumni in this vital area of men’s health.

“As an organisation whose mandate is to promote the spiritual, intellectual and social interests of its members, the Old Paradians’ Association welcomes this relationship with Northpark Private Hospital and its vast resources,” Tony said.

“In today’s society, all men, whether not long out of school or in the autumn years of their lives, are confronted with a myriad of challenges, and the Old Paradians are not untouched. There can be no greater cause for the association than to align with Northpark Private Hospital in the cause of men’s health.”

Jim said that the College community was “very excited to have established an ongoing relationship with ‘Healthscope’ that includes Northpark Private Hospital, La Trobe Private Hospital and the North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre”.

“Scheduled activities on a regular basis are being planned, such as health education sessions with specialist guest speakers as well as other important relevant engagements that will benefit all involved,” Jim said.