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Sharing the message – local Aboriginal communities say smoking is not okay!

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The Health Promotion team at Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) have partnered with the Tackling Indigenous Smoking team from Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association (LEAHA) to promote a smoke-free message to local Aboriginal families.

At a recent Family Fun Day at Cape Conran, the teams encouraged community members to have their photo taken with their ‘Fresh Air Frame.’ Images were printed off on the day for people to take home and display in their home as a reminder not to smoke cigarettes.

“Some of the adults admitted that they were or had been smokers,” said Andrea Farley, health promotion worker from GLCH, “but were keen to share the message to children and younger family members that smoking is not okay.”

Contact the team at LEAHA to find out more about how they are tackling Indigenous smoking.

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Active Mums ‘n’ Healthy Bubs program starts next week (5 Feb) in Lakes Entrance

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At 9am on Tuesday 5 February at the rotunda near the footbridge in Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) will commence a new FREE program called “Active Mums n Happy Bubs”, to bring new mums together to restore their fitness or commence a new fitness journey.

GLCH’s Chief Executive Officer, Sue Medson OAM says, “Those initial stages of motherhood can feel overwhelming at times, so we wanted to create a place where mums can receive support, advice and connect with other mums, as we know that connections during this important time can help with general health and mental wellbeing. This program aims to help the new mothers involved to build social connections, so they feel more encouraged and know where to go, to seek support whenever they need it.”

The program is delivered by GLCH Personal Trainer Kim Woolan, who has expertise in working with new mums and exercise. She says, “When women decide to start or return to exercise after having a baby, it’s really important they do so under qualified supervision, so I’m really excited to be able to help new mums in the region become their best, while they adjust to their new role as a mum.”

Also involved is GLCH’s Accredited Practising Dietitian, Chelsea Arceri, who will be available to the group to provide nutrition-related advice, which is very important for mums and bubs during this post-natal period.

Active Mums n Happy Bubs consists of weekly one-hour exercise sessions, followed by 30 minutes of socialising. The sessions are held in local parks, playground areas and walking tracks around Lakes Entrance and are run in accordance with the school terms.

“Ultimately, we want to help new mums in the area to establish connections with others, so they can get together and exercise or socialise outside the program,” explains Ms Woolan. “Through the program, we also want them to be aware of the local services that they can turn to if they need any support, advice or help along the way.”

“If we can facilitate a more connected and confident community of new mums, who know where to turn when they need support, then we can reduce that sense of isolation that is often experienced during the initial phase of parenthood – and the wider local community will also become stronger and more connected as a result,” says Ms Medson.

Active Mums n Happy Bubs received almost $5,000 as part of the 2018 Freemasons Community Grants program, to fund the initial development and provision of this sought-after community program.
To register your interest or to find out more about the Active Mums n Happy Bubs program phone GLCH (which is also a registered NDIS provider) on 5155 8370.

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Are you interested in becoming a member of our Board?

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Appointed Board Position

Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) currently has two vacancies for Appointed (non-elected) Directors.  The first position is for a full term of three years concluding December 2021 and the second position is for one year only, concluding in December 2019.

GLCH is a company limited by guarantee, reporting to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.  With a budget of $30 million and over 400 staff, the organisation’s mission is to provide health and community support services to the communities of East Gippsland.  Main offices are located in Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale with outreach sites in Bruthen, Metung, and Nowa Nowa.

The Board consists of nine members, six elected from the membership and three appointed, to ensure a broad range of skills.

The ideal applicant for each position will be a resident of East Gippsland with skills in one of the following categories:

  • Knowledge and experience in safety and quality standards of service delivery in primary health care and welfare support services; or
  • Qualifications and experience in accounting and/or finance and the ability to: analyse key financial statements, contribute to strategic financial planning;  budgets and the efficient use of resources; and financial accountability

All Board positions at GLCH are honorary.  Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

A Nomination Kit is available from Marnie Graham on 5155 8358 or marnieg@glch.org.au

Nominations are due by COB Friday, January 25, 2019.

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New support service for new mums

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) has received almost $5,000 as part of the 2018 Freemasons Community Grants program.

The grant was awarded to fund the development and provision of a new community program called “Active Mums n Happy Bubs”, which aims to bring together new mums who want to meet other new mums who want to restore their fitness, or commence a new fitness journey.

GLCH’s Chief Executive Officer, Sue Medson OAM says, “The aim of this program is that the mothers involved will build social connections, so they’ll know where to go and feel more encouraged to seek support whenever they need it. Those initial stages of motherhood can feel overwhelming at times, so to create a space where mums can receive support, advice and connect with other mums is really valuable in terms of one’s general health and mental wellbeing.”

Based in Lakes Entrance, this innovative program will be delivered by GLCH Gym Instructor Kim Woolan, who has expertise in working with new mums and exercise.

“I’m really excited about this program because there’s a lot to be gained for new mums by just connecting with each other,” explains Ms Woolan. “Also, when women decide to start or return to exercise after having a baby, it’s really important they do so under qualified supervision.”

Darrell Traplin from the Gippsland Lakes Freemasons Lodge in Lakes Entrance says, “We’re excited to see the impact this program will have on our local community. GLCH’s application was selected because of its potential to support, educate and connect so many members of the community who can all greatly benefit from this type of program. This is one of many such programs throughout the state, to which Freemasons Victoria has provided support.”

Scheduled to launch in 2019, Active Mums n Happy Bubs will consist of weekly one-hour exercise sessions, followed by 30 minutes of socialising. The sessions will be conducted in accordance with school terms, and will be delivered in local parks, playground areas and walking tracks around Lakes Entrance.

“Our aim with these social fitness sessions,” explains Ms Woolan, “is to encourage and support mums to become active together, so they can keep exercising with other participants from the group, outside the program’s scheduled times. They’ll all be at similar places in their motherhood journey – sleep deprived, trying to find a routine, trying to maintain their identity – so it will be great for them to realise they’re not alone during this time; while also being able to surround themselves with people who are going through something similar, because shared experiences can be very powerful and bonding. I’m really looking forward to helping our community become fitter, healthier and more connected, through this program.”

Active Mums n Happy Bubs will also improve access for mums and their families, to connect with other social and health-related services, while also enhancing the visibility of the children, which could assist in the early detection of health or developmental issues.

“If we can facilitate a more connected and confident community of new mums, who know where to turn when they need support, then we can reduce that sense of isolation that is often experienced during the initial phase of parenthood – and the wider local community will also become stronger and more connected as a result,” says Ms Medson.

To find out more about the Active Mums n Happy Bubs program contact GLCH on 5155 8370.

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Photo provided: GLCH’s CEO Sue Medson OAM is pictured with GLCH’s Gym Instructor Kim Woolan, accepting a cheque from Darryl Traplin from Gippsland Lakes Freemasons Lodge in Lakes Entrance.

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New program helps alleviate hip and knee pain

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Around the world, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and one of the leading causes of pain and disability. But, thanks to Complete Therapies at GLCH, sufferers now have an opportunity to bid farewell to hip and knee pain caused by OA.

The first line of treatment for osteoarthritis should be education – about your specific condition – coupled with exercise, which has been found to be beneficial for all sorts of conditions, as well as overall health.

“The main goal of treatment for patients with osteoarthritis is to relieve the common symptoms of joint pain, and improve everyday physical function,” explains Zac O’Rourke, GLCH’s Exercise Physiologist, who is based in Lakes Entrance.

“Clinical guidelines recommend exercise for the management of osteoarthritis, as it can help achieve both of those goals – to relieve pain and restore function – while also potentially enabling you to avoid, delay or prepare for any hip or knee surgery.”

In response to these clinical guidelines, Complete Therapies has developed a six-week exercise and program called the “Hip and Knee Program”, which aims to alleviate pain and improve function for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis, thus restoring their ability to perform the activities of daily living with less pain and more confidence.

Prior to attending the program, participants need to have their symptoms and level of function assessed by one of our exercise physiologists or physiotherapists. Once assessed, a personalised exercise program will be designed, which you’ll then be guided through with complete supervision and instruction, to ensure you can perform the program safely and correctly.

The program will also provide you with accurate and up-to-date information about your specific condition, including tips for best management. At the end of the six-week program, you’ll be reassessed to measure your improvements.

To find out more about the Complete Therapies Hip and Knee Program, book in for an assessment, or to seek help for any other aches and pains you’re experiencing, phone our Complete Therapies team on 5155 8370.

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Pictured: GLCH’s Exercise Physiologist Zac O’Rourke assists Hip and Knee Program client Gwenda Hunt.

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New program helps alleviate hip and knee pain

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Around the world, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and one of the leading causes of pain and disability. But, thanks to Complete Therapies at Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH), sufferers now have an opportunity to bid farewell to hip and knee pain caused by OA.

The first line of treatment for osteoarthritis should be education – about your specific condition – coupled with exercise, which has been found to be beneficial for all sorts of conditions, as well as overall health.

“The main goal of treatment for patients with osteoarthritis is to relieve the common symptoms of joint pain, and improve every day physical function,” explains Zac O’Rourke, GLCH’s Exercise Physiologist, who is based in Lakes Entrance.

“Clinical guidelines recommend exercise for the management of osteoarthritis, as it can help achieve both of those goals – to relieve pain and restore function – while also potentially enabling you to avoid, delay or prepare for any hip or knee surgery.”

In response to these clinical guidelines, Complete Therapies has developed a six-week exercise and program called the “Hip and Knee Program”, which aims to alleviate pain and improve function for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis, thus restoring their ability to perform the activities of daily living with less pain and more confidence.

Prior to attending the program, participants need to have their symptoms and level of function assessed by one of our exercise physiologists or physiotherapists. Once assessed, a personalised exercise program will be designed, which you’ll then be guided through with complete supervision and instruction, to ensure you can perform the program safely and correctly.

The program will also provide you with accurate and up-to-date information about your specific condition, including tips for best management. At the end of the six-week program, you’ll be reassessed to measure your improvements.

To find out more about the Complete Therapies Hip and Knee Program, book in for an assessment, or to seek help for any other aches and pains you’re experiencing, phone GLCH (which is also an NDIS provider) on 5155 8370.

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DisABILITY: increasing awareness in the workplace

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health recently launched a workplace awareness campaign to acknowledge International Day of People with Disability.

The International Day of People with a Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally on 3 December each year. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

“One in five people, or 4.3 million Australians, have a disability,” said GLCH chief executive officer, Sue Medson OAM. “There are many different kinds of disability and they can result from accidents, illness or genetic disorders. A disability may affect mobility, ability to learn things, or ability to communicate easily, and some people may have more than one.”

A disability may be visible or hidden, may be permanent or temporary and may have a minimal or substantial impact on a person’s abilities.

By starting the conversation about disability in the workplace and the community, you can challenge perceptions, educate others and normalise disability in everyday life. We all have a role to play to ensure people with disability have the same opportunities as others to reach their full potential.

The delivery of disability services is set to change in East Gippsland on 1 January 2019 with the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The NDIS will provide a new way of delivering services and support to people with permanent and significant disability. With the NDIS, people with a disability will have greater flexibility and choice regarding the supports and services they receive to meet their individual needs.

“As a registered NDIS provider, the staged rollout of the NDIS has given us time to prepare for the new scheme, ensuring a smooth transition for people with a disability and their families and carers,” Ms. Medson explained. “The NDIS represents a significant change in the way in which people with a disability will access support, which will change the way in which service providers like us do business.”

To facilitate the change, GLCH has assembled a team of experts from all relevant areas of our organisation, who meet regularly to plan for this new way of delivering services. The team has been meeting for around two years now, and is not only made up of service providers but includes representation from our marketing, finance and human resources teams.

“With with the disability sector likely to double in size to meet the increase in demand for support and services, the team is also focused on recruitment as there will be many more opportunities for people wanting to work in disability services,” Ms. Medson added.

GLCH will provide a broad range of in-home services to people with a disability, as well as allied health and paediatric therapy, and social support. For more information click HERE

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Celebrating another successful 12 months – GLCH AGM

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) recently held its 43rd Annual General Meeting at the Bairnsdale Sporting and Convention Centre in Lucknow.

It was a great celebration of the organisation’s achievements during the past 12 months, which included recognition for more than 30 staff members who have been with GLCH for 10, 15, 20 and even 25 years!

GLCH is one of the largest local employers in the East Gippsland region, with more than 400 employees engaged across its five locations in Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale, Bruthen, Nowa Nowa and Metung. And as a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, GLCH is set to release new employment opportunities, to coincide with the rollout of NDIS on 1 January 2019.

The impressive efforts of GLCH’s Health Promotion team were also acknowledged at the AGM; including their recent win against St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne Health and The Royal Children’s Hospital, for the “East – Love Where You Live” project, which received a Victorian Public Healthcare Award; and the “Healthy Eating for Life-Changing School Culture” project, which is a finalist in the Gippsland Primary Health Network Awards.

The highlight for many, however, was the guest speaker, Fiona Butlin, who generously shared her personal experience as a transgender person.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are an estimated 11 percent of the population, but experience disproportionately lower health outcomes, directly related to experiences of stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and abuse in their everyday lives, for being LGBTI.

GLCH wants this to stop, and are making positive changes within the organisation to become even more inclusive to LGBTI people; this includes its current journey towards achieving Rainbow Tick accreditation, which is a commitment to seeking feedback around what is being done right, what is being done wrong, and to educating the board, managers, and staff about the findings.

The AGM’s guest speaker Fiona is a member of the Gippsland LGBTI Network and the Central Gippsland Health Service Diversity Committee. Fiona is committed to supporting and encouraging change and more inclusivity, particularly among the health services in Gippsland, and she is currently completing a Certificate in Community Services, which will help her to continue her important work in this area.

Fiona’s generous sharing of her own experiences helped the audience better understand the personal impact of discrimination, and the importance for people, particularly in service and frontline roles, to be mindful of how they welcome and treat transgender clients, to ensure their experiences with service-based organisations are positive.

To learn more about GLCH and its achievements, employment opportunities or support of the LGBTI community follow Gippsland Lakes Community Health on Facebook.

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Pictured left to right: Tania Ryan (Diversity Advisor, Gippsland Sectoral Development Team), Fiona Butlin (guest speaker), and Sue Medson OAM (CEO, GLCH)