We’ve got the early years covered!

Families with young children are well catered for by the early childhood services provided by Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH) in Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance.

Beginning at birth, GLCH’s maternal and child health (MCH) nurses provide parents of children aged 0-6 with health and development advice and information; and also offer an ‘Enhanced’ Maternal and Child Health Service to families who require additional or specialist support.

“GLCH is passionate about providing high-quality, client-focused early childhood and parent support services,” said Sue Medson OAM, Chief Executive Officer. “And we’ve been operating since 1975, so are proud to be a leading source of information and support for parents and families in the region.”

As a registered service provider under the National Disabilities Insurance Scheme (NDIS), GLCH provide a range of parenting groups, early childhood intervention services, and therapy programs to eligible children and their families.

“Starting intervention early is the best way to support the development and wellbeing of children with a disability or developmental delay,” explained Ms Medson. “The supports and services GLCH offers under the NDIS can help children develop the skills they need to participate in everyday activities.”

Services and supports include physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology. GLCH also offer a variety of therapy groups for children who need help with language and motor skills. These groups also provide an opportunity for children to develop social skills, such as engaging in conversations, following instructions and interacting with other children of their own age group.

GLCH’s Children’s Centre in Lakes Entrance provides high-quality and affordable care and education programs, that promote a sense of emotional wellbeing and social and cultural awareness for children. The Children’s Centre offers full-time, part-time and casual child care with places available for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years, including children with special needs. The Centre also offers vacation care, as well as a four-year-old kinder program which operates five days a week, including one day of Coastal Kinder, which is an off-site experience where children get to interact with nature and learn about their local coastal environment.

At its Bairnsdale location, GLCH also offers support programs for parents, including a ‘New Parent’s Group’ – providing first-time parents with information to assist with the healthy nurturing of their baby; ‘FAB Tuesdays’ – an eight-week group for women who suffer from mild to moderate anxiety or depression, delivered in partnership with a peri-natal emotional health practitioner; ‘Bumps to Bubs’ – a weekly social group that also provides information and advice about parenting and child development; and ‘Tunning into Kids’ – a parenting program that focuses on the connection between parents and kids.

To find out more about these and GLCH’s other early childhood services and programs, visit one of their five service locations in Bairnsdale, Bruthen, Metung, Lakes Entrance, and Nowa Nowa, find them on Facebook or go to www.glch.org.au.

Invitation to our AGM

Celebrate another 12 months with us at our 43rd Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 20 November at 2.00pm at the Bairnsdale Sporting and Convention Centre, 117 Great Alpine Road, Lucknow.

Guest speaker | Afternoon tea provided

Please rsvp by Friday 11 November to Marnie Graham on 5155 8358 or marnieg@glch.org.au


Celebrating Carers

Gippsland Lakes Complete Health has celebrated the tireless and passionate contribution that carers make to our local community, as part of 2018 National Carers Week (14 to 20 October).

Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy, which is why National Carers Week is held annually to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of these 2.7 million Australians. If all carers decided to stop performing their caring role, it would cost the country $60.3 billion per year to replace those supports – that’s over $1 billion per week! Anyone at any time can become a carer, so National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise community awareness about the diversity of these individuals and the importance of their roles.

On Thursday 18 October, GLCH hosted a ‘thank you’ BBQ and raffle at their Lakes Entrance location, in appreciation for, and to help raise awareness of carers of young adults with additional needs.

In attendance were members of GLCH’s weekly social group, ‘The Lounge Crew’, and their family members.

The Lounge Crew is a social group for people with different abilities who are aged between 20 to 45 years. The Crew meets up twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays to enjoy activities and experiences such as mini golf challenges, movie afternoons, exploring local bushland and coastal areas, and coffee and lunch dates.

Angela Ellis, Executive Manager, Community Health Services at GLCH says, “This social group has been running for five years now, with three of the young men attending since the program launched in 2013. We’re always excited to be able to celebrate the valuable contribution of carers, so this event was a great way to do so.”

If you or someone you know would like to join or find out more about The Lounge Crew, phone GLCH on 5155 8370.

LOVE EAST Project WINS at Victorian Public Healthcare Awards

Our LOVE EAST project WON the Victorian Public Health Care Award for Excellence in community engagement last night and we’re excited!

Pictured below at the award ceremony at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park Hotel, is the executive manager of community health services, Angela Ellis (center) and Sherryn Hewett and Kerrilee Kimber from our health promotion team.

Shout out to Communities for Children, Quantum Support Services, Uniting Care Gippsland, the East Bairnsdale Hub and the fabulous families who live in EAST – who without their support, this project would not have been a success.

More information about the LOVE EAST Project is available from our website https://tinyurl.com/y8mbelp6


Bunnings Bairnsdale support our Shedders

Tony from Bunnings in Bairnsdale recently visited our Men’s Shed in Lakes Entrance, to deliver $250 worth of donated wood and sandpaper.

The local blokes who frequent our Men’s Shed – sometimes as often as twice a week – are making good use of Tony’s generous donation.

“We’re using this wood to make a new table and chairs for the garden,” explains Men’s Shed Coordinator, Ian Brown.

“We donated the last one we made to the Metung Bloodhounds as a ‘thank you,’ because they donated an air conditioning unit to the Shed. So the Bloodhounds can raffle that off to raise some more money, and we’ll then share any of Bunnings’ unused wood and sandpaper with other local Men’s Sheds, like Nowa Nowa’s.”

The GLCH Men’s Shed has been operating for around 16 years now. Says regular Shedder Mick, “I’ve got Alzheimer’s and my doctor says being at the Men’s Shed where I’m around other people and actually making things is the best thing for me. So whenever I can, I get Ian to come and bring me down to the shed and I love it.”