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August 2017

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We’re looking for an Independent person for our Finance Committee

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health is seeking expressions of interest from members of the public with appropriate financial management skills, and experience in business, governance, or management, to serve as independent members of the Board’s Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee provides the Board with assurance and assistance in the areas of investment, financial governance and quality processes.

Members of the Finance Committee should exhibit an independence of mind in their deliberations and not act as a representative of a particular area of the community, or with conflicts of interest. Meeting preparation and attendance at six scheduled meetings is required each year.

This is an honorary position.

Address Expressions of interest to Sue Medson either by email at or by mail at P.O. Box 429, Lakes Entrance, 3909 quoting “Finance Committee – Independent Member” by COB Friday September 29.

Please include a CV stating relevant experience and qualifications and a short explanation of your interest in the position.

Thunderstorm Asthma

Find out about Thunderstorm Asthma at one of our information sessions…

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Last November a thunderstorm caused an unprecedented thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne and Geelong.  Nine people died and more than 8,500 attended emergency departments. 

The Victorian Government has allocated $15.56 million in the 2017-18 state budget to ensure Victorians are ready for any future thunderstorm asthma event. Recommendations to be adopted include increased monitoring of pollen data; the development of a public alert system similar to those used in floods and fires; emergency management training for health professionals; and education campaigns to help communities prepare for and respond to thunderstorm asthma.

“Thunderstorm asthma is a combination of pollen and weather conditions that can trigger severe asthma symptoms. It more commonly happens when a storm strikes on a hot and windy day during pollen season when there are high levels of pollen in the air,” explained Juana Ford, Respiratory Nurse at Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH).

Affecting people living in metropolitan, regional or rural areas, thunderstorm asthma happens when pollen granules rupture from moisture in the air. They break up into hundreds of tiny particles that find their way deep inside the lungs making breathing difficult and can trigger a serious asthma attack.

Breathing problems can also be experienced by people with significant hay fever,” Ms Ford added.  “People who commonly experience hay fever from pollens during spring are also likely to be affected, even without pre-existing asthma.” 

To coincide with National Asthma Week (1-7 September), GLCH will be running two information sessions in Lakes Entrance for any community members who would like to know more about thunderstorm asthma, particularly people at-risk.  The sessions aim to provide participants with an overview of thunderstorm asthma; the signs, symptoms and triggers; GP asthma action plans; and some of the steps you can take to look after you and your family members if pollen levels are high or extreme in your area.

Click HERE to view flyer with sessions dates, contacts etc.

diabetes support

Can you help us create a diabetes support community?

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health are building a diabetes support community and are going straight to the source for help with planning.

“We are inviting local people of all ages who are living with all types of diabetes to help us create a supportive community by being part of our initial planning process,” said Sophie Brown diabetes educator and chronic condition nurse at GLCH.

“Many people who have diabetes have never talked to anyone else with the same condition and that can be very isolating,” Ms Brown explained. “With that in mind we want to build safe and helpful spaces where people can come together in person and online to share knowledge, experiences, and support with others juggling the same condition.”

Targeting local residents, GLCH aim to create a peer facilitated support group for people living with diabetes where they can make new connections and friendships. 

Post planning process, the support group will be managed exclusively by the group members and independently from GLCH.  “GLCH’s role is to improve health outcomes for people with all types of diabetes by bringing them together to create a successful and lasting alliance.”

If you’re interested in sharing your experiences, thoughts and ideas to assist with start-up, or would just like to be an important member of this group get in contact with Sophie Brown at GLCH today.


Expressions of Interest: Supply of financial system software

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Gippsland Lakes Community Health invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced companies for the proposed replacement our current financial software system.

Copies of the EOI documentation and information specific to requirements will be provided upon request.

We will evaluate the EOI submissions received and shortlist. Registration of interest does not imply inclusion on the tender list.

Initial enquiries regarding the EOI or requests for project details should be directed to Jeremy Stewart, IT Operations manager on 5155 8328 or

EOI submissions close at 5.00pm Friday 15 September 2017

FREE healthy lifestyle program starting soon…

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We’re excited to offer you a FREE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE PROGRAM in Sept –Oct! The Life! Program will teach you how to reduce your risk of chronic disease by making small changes to your lifestyle.

The friendly group environment will support you every step of the way in achieving and maintaining your healthy lifestyle goals over a six session program, running every second Thursday from 9.00 -11.00am at GLCH in Lakes Entrance.

The first session will be a one on one appointment with the nurse facilitator at GLCH, and will go for around an hour, working with you to set some personal health goals.

The next four group sessions will be about 2 hours every second week. These sessions include interactive presentations with a diabetes educator, chronic condition nurse, dietician, mindfulness meditation facilitator and an exercise physiologist.

The last group session is held four months after the completion of the course and is a great opportunity to gain further support from the group in achieving your health goals. A fantastic drumming workshop will also help to boost your motivation!

Call Sophie Brown or Kate Hanckel NOW on 5155 8300.