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Jenelle Osullivan

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Taking a stand for foot health

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Did you know that around 40 percent of Australians will experience some form of foot problems in their lifetime¹?  What do you do to look after your feet?  Do you even think about them and how important they are in keeping you active and healthy?

The podiatry team at Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) spend a lot of time thinking about feet (not in a weird way) and foot health and think it’s time to educate community members on the long-term benefits of taking care of their feet. From children to seniors to athletes and people with chronic illness, a visit to the podiatrist can have a positive impact on people’s lives.

“Our podiatry team are experts in foot and lower limb health,” explained Angela Ellis, executive manager of community services.  “They assess, diagnose and prescribe treatment plans so you can continue living an active, pain-free lifestyle.”  

Podiatrists are essential to getting people moving and active, preventing injuries and prolonging healthy lives. According to the Australian Podiatry Association, the demand for podiatric care in Australia has increased significantly in recent years. Contributing factors include our aging population and the increase in the number of Australians diagnosed with Diabetes. For example, did you know an astounding 4,400 diabetic amputations occur in Australia every year? Most of which can be prevented through podiatric care.

GLCH recently welcomed a second podiatrist, Tom Williams, to their highly trained and dedicated team of foot care professionals. 

Growing up in North East Victoria, Tom understands how important feet are in day to day living and gets great satisfaction in keeping people on their feet. He enjoys all aspects of podiatry including general foot care, chronic disease management, footwear and orthotic therapy.

Outside of podiatry Tom enjoys taking part in football, cricket, long distance running and enjoying everything that East Gippsland has to offer.

Tom joins Amanda Hack and podiatry qualified allied health assistants, Sue Mitchell and Casey Howarth whose ‘sole’ aim is to keep people on their feet!

Anyone (public or private) can see the podiatry team at GLCH by appointment. TAC, Workcover, DVA My Aged Care or NDIS referrals are also welcome. Contact GLCH for further information and appointments or visit 

.¹Source: Australian Podiatry Association Vic.

Diabetes Support Group

You’re invited to join our new diabetes support community in Lakes Entrance

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We’re launching our new diabetes support group for people living with diabetes in Lakes Entrance and surrounds on Thursday 16 November at our Jemmeson Street site from 9.00am.

We are inviting local people of all ages who are living with all types of diabetes to join us and others tomorrow at our exciting new forum for sharing information and resources, creating new friendships, connections and more. 

Diabetes support groups can help people better understand how to best manage their diabetes as well as understand how to live with a chronic illness in a positive and empowering environment.  They also provide an opportunity meet new people and learn from others by sharing experiences and information. Many people who have diabetes have never talked to anyone else with the same condition and that can be very isolating. With that in mind, we want to build a safe, supportive and helpful space for community members living with diabetes.

Contact Sophie on 5155 8300 if you’re interested in being an important member of this group. Support people are also encouraged to attend.


Our AGM is just around the corner…are you coming?

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The 42nd Annual General Meeting of Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) will be held on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 2.00pm in the Bulmer/Bakewell Meeting Rooms, GLCH, 18-28 Jemmeson Street, Lakes Entrance.

Guest speaker Karina Crutch, Aboriginal Regional Development Officer, Department of Health and Human Services.

The formalities of the meeting will include:

  • To receive the operational reports for the year 2016-17.
  • To confirm the election of Directors to the Board of Management.
  • To transact such other business of which at least seven (7) days notice in writing has been given to the Company Secretary.

All Welcome

Following the meeting there will be afternoon tea.

Correspondence, rsvp’s and enquiries for the above meeting should be directed to:

Marnie Graham

Gippsland Lakes Community Health

PO Box 429

Lakes Entrance 3909

Tel: (03) 5155 8358



Sue Medson OAM

Chief Executive Officer / Company Secretary

Support for LGBTI Victorians affected by the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

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The Victorian Government has been provided with additional counselling funding to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians affected by the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.  Any LGBTI person needing support as a result of the national same sex marriage postal survey is eligible for this service. Please contact our FYCS intake and response service on 5155 8300.


You can now book GLCH medical appointments online on on your Smart Phone!!

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You can now book appointments for yourself and your family here on our website (look for the GREEN button top right hand corner) or by using the HotDoc mobile app (for Apple or Android devices available through the App Store or Googleplay) with a few simple clicks.

You can view available appointment times and book an appointment 24/7.

We have implemented this change as a part of our ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality service possible and continuous process improvement.


EAST Bairnsdale Consultation

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The East Bairnsdale Consultation and Engagement Project (EBCEP) set out to discover firsthand the views, needs, issues and vision for children and families residing in a particular locality within East Bairnsdale, known as East. Communities for Children and Gippsland Lakes Community Health have delivered initiatives for children in this predominantly government housing area for many years. The aim of this consultation was to determine future funding directions that would support the wellbeing of young people aged 0-12 years and their families.

This report provides a community profile and history, project methodology and a discussion of results with recommendations.

Download EAST Bairnsdale Consultation
Be heard

BE HEARD! Are you a young person aged 10-17 whose parents have recently separated OR a parent of a 10-17 year old who has recently separated?

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The Australian Institute of Family Studies is conducting research with young people about their experiences of family law system services when parents separate. They want to talk to young people who are aged 10 – 17 years, and one of their parents, about the services that were helpful or unhelpful for them and their family, and what can be done better to support young people when parents separate. Young people don’t need to have had direct contact with services to participate in the research.

Parents and young people may be eligible to participate if your post-separation parenting arrangements are soon to be finalised, or have been finalised within the last 12 months, and you live in Australia. If you and your son/daughter choose to be involved in this research, they will work with you to decide the best time to have an interview.

Please contact the research team if you and your child would like to take part in this important study, or if you would like more information. As a thank you there’s a $30 gift card in it for young people who participate and a $20 gift card for their parent.

SMS your name and phone/email contact to 0448 383 007 and we’ll be in touch with you.

Phone: 1800 720 142 (freecall except for mobiles)