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Seniors invited to dance up a storm!

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The Social Support team at Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) along with Opal Residential Care Facility, ACSA Group Residential Care Lakes Entrance and Bupa Residential Care in Bairnsdale are connecting communities with an ‘Old Time Dance’ at the Johnsonville Hall next Wednesday 21 February from 11am.

“Regular physical activity is key for senior health and dancing is a fantastic way to improve balance, strength and mobility,” said Gill Wheeler, Social Support Coordinator at GLCH.  Dancing also fosters social interaction and enjoyment, which in-turn gives people that feeling of community.”

Reminiscing is also an important socialisation tool. “For some people, an old time dance provokes memories or their courting years – as often, that’s where they met their spouses,” Gill explained. “Sharing life’s special events with others, gives older people a chance to celebrate who they are and what they’ve accomplished.”

“We’re extending an invitation to East Gippsland seniors to dust of their dancing shoes and join us next Wednesday for some good old-fashioned fun!” Gill added. “If dancing’s not your thing, that’s okay – we’ve got a fantastic live band and the Johnsonville Dancers for your entertainment and we’ll be serving up a delicious brunch.”

Contact Gill or Kerry at GLCH on 5155 8300 for further details.  Transport is available from Lakes Entrance but its limited so be quick.

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Photo and caption: Neil Wolffenbuttel, Peter Lazzarini  and  June Carter are getting ready to kick up their heels at next Wednesday’s old time dance at Johnsonville Hall.

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Meals on Wheels volunteers acknowledged at local Australia Day Award ceremony

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WE VALUE OUR VOLUNTEERS and so do our local Rotarians! Congratulations to our incredible Meals on Wheels (MOW) volunteers, who were officially acknowledged at last Friday’s Australia Day Award Ceremony in Bairnsdale, taking out the Community Event Award.

Pictured below is Janet Taylor, our volunteer coordinator receiving the award on the behalf of our volunteers – past and present.  Janet essentially makes things happen (recruiting volunteers, organising rosters etc. etc.) – she is accompanied by executive manager of aged and disability services, Chris Tipa in photo insert.

As the intended recipients of the award – our volunteers include individuals, community groups and local businesses who generously donate their time to deliver 12,500+ meals over 365 days a year to community members in need. Outstanding work team!

At GLCH we’re always on the look out for more volunteers to assist with MOW deliveries in Bairnsdale, Paynesville and Lakes Entrance. You can volunteer as much or as little time as you want.. Once a week, once a fortnight, once a month, once a year – whatever suits you.

Give Janet a call on 5155 8300 if you’re interested.

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NEW social opportunity for people aged 18 – 45 with a disability…

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We’re planning an exciting new social group for people aged 18 – 45 who have a disability

Would you or someone you know be interested in joining us?

The group plans to meet once a week in Bairnsdale and take part in a range of activities based on your interest.

Limited places available 

Contact Margie Budge on 5155 8351 or email disabilities@glch.org.au to express your interest today. 

 

 

 

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Site closures and hours over Christmas/New Year…

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This is what we’re up to over the Christmas / New Year period…
– Bairnsdale will be closed 25 & 26 December and 1 January
– Bruthen will be closed from 23 December to 3 January
– Lakes Entrance will be closed 25 & 26 December
– Metung will be closed 25 & 26 December
– Nowa Nowa will be closed from 23 December to 2 January.

Our medical clinic hours in Lakes Entrance are:
– 27 to 29 December, 8.00am to 8.00pm
– 30 to 31 December, 8.30am to 1.00pm
– 1 January (NY Day public holiday), 8.00am – 1.00pm
– 2 January, normal hours resume…

If you require urgent care when we are closed, please call 000 or head to Bairnsdale Regional Health Service (5150 3333) in the west or Orbost Regional Health (5154 6666) to the east #happyholidays #staysafe

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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 www.glch.org.au. 

.¹Source: Australian Podiatry Association Vic.

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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

E: marnieg@glch.org.au

 

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.

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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.

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