Where the Mind goes ... the Body will follow Tai Chi for Busy People

Our projects and partners

Outline of key personnel experience:

Mike Soric is a Master Trainer and Denise Soric is a Senior Trainer with Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute of Australia. They are both members of the Tai Chi for Health North Queensland Association Incorporated (TCHNQ) and the Tai Chi Association of Australia (TCAA), and have been practising Tai Chi for sixteen (16) years and instruct in Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Energy, Tai Chi for Osteoporosis, Tai Chi for Beginners, Seated Tai Chi, Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention, Sun Style 73 Competition Form and Yang 24 International Standard.

Mike Soric is the only Master Trainer in North Queensland and only one of ten in Australia. That enables him to train and qualify suitable applicants to become Instructors in Tai Chi for Health programs. His qualifications are as follows:

  • Master Trainer Tai Chi for Arthritis
  • Master Trainer Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis
  • Master Trainer Tai Chi for Arthritis & Falls Prevention
  • Master Trainer Tai Chi for Diabetes
  • Master Trainer Tai Chi for Energy
  • Master Trainer for updates Tai Chi for Osteoporosis
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Since moving to Townsville from Mackay in 2010 they have formed partnerships and/or conducted projects with many organisations. They are a preferred supplier to the Townsville City Council, and have been accepted as an NDIS registered service provider.

Queensland Health Projects

Actively Connect, Stay on Your Feet and Swap it programs where they worked with:

  • Townsville City Council
  • Villa Vincent Retirement Village
  • Blue Care Garden Settlement
  • Smith Family
  • Bluewater Community
  • Mental Illness Fellowship
  • ATODS
  • Soldier Recovery Unit
  • Pain Management Clinic
  • Mackay Base Hospital

NDIS

  • Innovative Community Participation

Department of Sports, Parks and Racing

  • Cancer Council Queensland
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in Mackay and Townsville

Northern PHN

  • Rural Communities of Charters Towers, Hughenden and Clermont Tai Chi for Diabetes project

Queensland Mental Health Commission

  • Mates 4 Mates Family Recovery Centre

Hinchinbrook Shire Council in partnership with Queensland Health

  • Ingham and Forrest Beach Community Programs

Townsville City Council

  • Seniors programs
  • World Tai Chi Day each year
  • City Revitalisation

Burdekin Shire Council

  • Holiday programs

Upper Ross Community Centre

  • Health program

Department of Main Roads

  • Health program for staff

Queensland Rail

  • Health program for staff

Maritime Safety Queensland

  • Health initiative for staff

Headspace

  • Health initiative for staff

Geckos, Lavarack Barracks

  • Health program for spouses of defence personel

James Cook University

  • Health program

Trauma Recovery Unit Mater Hospital

  • Health programs

Mater Hospital and Townsville General Hospital

  • Health and well being programs for staff

Charters Towers Neighbourhood Centre

  • Community workshops

Mission Beach Community

  • Community workshop

Mackay/Louisa Creek Community

  • Community workshop

Townsville

  • Community workshop

Cairns

  • Community workshop

Community sessions are regularly conducted to encourage participation in a gentle exercise. Organisations such as:

  • Endeavour Foundation
  • Breast Cancer Support Group
  • LGBT Group
  • Parkinsons Support Group
  • Probus
  • 3rd Brigade Lavarack Barracks
  • Mind Foundation
  • Townsville General Practice Network
  • Stroke Foundation
  • Mental Health Week
  • Children’s Day in the Park
  • Chinese Association of Townsville

Having completed several projects in 2016, they conducted an Instructor training workshop at Mackay Base Hospital and formed a partnership with Mental Illness Fellowship North Queensland who have subsequently submitted a grant to enable tai chi to be conducted in Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. An Instructor training workshop will be conducted for this interest group in Townsville if funding is successful.

The Tai Chi for Health North Queensland Association Incorporated TCHNQ) has been successful in applying for funding to conduct community workshops and training sessions in Charters Towers, Clermont and Hughenden for qualified instructors to further their knowledge and build further skills in 2017.

TCHNQ have also been successful in 2017/2018 with grant funding from the Queensland Government to conduct a project “Empowering Women - An Aboriginal Focus” and Tai Chi for Busy People are the service providers for these projects.

Tai Chi for Busy People conduct regular weekly classes, organise and facilitate training workshops from Cairns to Mackay and into rural North Queensland. Participants from other regions within Queensland also attend these workshops.

Both instructors have public liability and professional indemnity insurance cover, copies of which can be supplied on request.

One of their key philosophies is that everyone has a capacity to actively participate in improving their own health and well-being. By bringing Tai Chi for Health to a diverse number of interest groups, Tai Chi for Busy People hope to foster interest in performing Tai Chi as a preventative measure rather than a reactive tool to improve quality of health and life.