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Outback Active Program

Transform your health and fitness from the comfort of your own home.
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About the program

Join Outback Active, a 12-week telefit program co-led by Charles Darwin University and Southern Cross Care to stay strong, healthy and mobile!

This exciting program is free of charge, and open to people 65+ years, and First Nations people 50+ years living in the Katherine region. 

This program will:

  • guide you through an online exercise program tailored for you.
  • refer you to relevant health services at the end of the program as required.

Outback Active is supported by funding from NTPHN through the Australian Government's PHN Program.

What to expect

Expression of interest

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Potential participants express an interest in joining the program, either individually or through a referring organisation.

Eligibility check

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A team member will reach out to assess your eligibility. We will ask you about your age, your general health and wellbeing, and your digital literacy. 

Eligible participants will be on-boarded to take part in a 12-week program of personalised online exercise delivered twice a week, starting between January to March 2024. 

If not eligible, individuals will receive a notification and are encouraged to consult with their GP to explore alternative referral options. 

Equipment bundle


Eligible participants will receive a FREE exercise equipment bundle for use during the program.

Telehealth sessions

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Exercise professionals and supervised students from Charles Darwin University will conduct one-on-one and small group sessions aimed at improving participants' strength, fitness and well-being.

All sessions are delivered online in a ‘telehealth’ format. Participants join the sessions using a desktop computer, laptop or tablet and enjoy the live, interactive sessions over the internet.

Program Completion



After completing the 12-week program, we encourage participants to keep following their exercise plans for ongoing health and wellness.

Success stories

Hear from our participants and see the difference our program makes. Discover what we’re all about!


Click here to express interest!

Express Interest

You can also call our friendly team at  (08) 8946 7176, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, or email us via .



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