Not-for-profit organisation GP Down South is providing twelve scholarships to South West yoga teachers and health care practitioners.
The organisation, which supports innovative methods of health care, is providing scholarships for the Yoga for Pain training program in Busselton next month.
The scholarships are open to yoga teachers and health care providers in Collie, Harvey, Margaret River and Augusta and applications close on Thursday, March 15.
The training program, run in conjunction with Yoga for Pain Care Australia, teaches yoga teachers and health practitioners yoga-based pain management techniques.
GP Down South program coordinator Nicola Hilyard said yoga-based pain management could be beneficial to the one in five people in the South West who suffer from chronic pain.
“Chronic pain is a big problem in regional Australia,” she said.
“With our aging population, and increase in chronic health issues, it’s set to get worse.
“People with persistent pain related to chronic conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia or other musculoskeletal conditions, have so few options outside our cities.
“It’s exciting to launch this innovative, community-based approach here in the South West.”
Yoga for Pain Care Australia’s Rachael West said the program would help yoga teachers to “step up professionally, be recognised for their specialist skills and allow them to reach more students”.