LinkPETS getting Brutus off the couch!

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Brutus is a big, bold and beautiful French Mastiff x Staffordshire Terrier who lives with Libby his owner.

Libby is visually impaired and finds it difficult to exercise Brutus. However, Libby was keen to change this and registered with the LinkPETS program to see if someone could help.

Brutus has since been matched with two newly retired, pet-loving volunteers and he is now officially off the couch and getting the exercise he desperately needs!

Libby has seen first hand the difference that LinkPETS has made to their lives.

“LinkPETS is a fantastic service, and the volunteer dog walkers are amazing and have their own special bond with my baby”.

It’s not only dogs that the LinkPETS program can help with – we also care for cats too! Our volunteers can assist with cat clean-ups, basic grooming and general support to help people care for their pet.

Do you or someone you know, need help caring for their pet? For more information, please call our LinkPETS Coordinator on 1300 552 509 or via www.linkhc.org.au

 

Children’s Services Now at Batesford!

Link HC’s Children and Youth Services team aim to promote the health, wellbeing, development and learning of all children.

Our Paediatric services are expanding and are now available at our Batesford Hub. The new hub will help the local community to access the following vital services: Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology and Occupational Therapy. These services can make a big difference in a child’s life.

In another exciting development, Maternal and Child Health Nurses are now offering services as part of the Paediatric Hub to support parents and families to understand and manage their child’s health and development so they reach their full potential.

This new hub is in addition to the existing one already established at our Oakleigh site, which also includes Audiology, Dietetics and Podiatry services.

For more information about our Paediatric Hub at Batesford, please call 1300 552 509 or via our website www.linkhc.org.au

LinkPETS helping Tully make friends again

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Joyce and Tully make a great team, both with loving smiles and a great deal of time for each other.

Until recently, Joyce used to hop on her scooter and take Tully for a walk around the neighbourhood to socialise and keep Tully’s weight under control – given Tully’s great love for food!

Due to recent health issues, Joyce can no longer walk Tully. With these concerns in mind, Joyce contacted LinkPETS and asked for some help. LinkPETS were able to match Tully to some local pet-loving volunteers and Tully is now back pounding the streets again, socialising and making up for lost time!

Our special LinkPETS program can provide pet-loving volunteers to help with walking, basic grooming and cat/dog hygienic clean-ups.

Do you know someone who needs help caring for their pet? For more information, please call our LinkPETS Coordinator on 1300 552 509 or via www.linkhc.org.au

Innovative Program for Vulnerable Kids is a Winner

Each year, the Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) recognises innovative and pioneering ideas in the public oral health sector.  Link HC’s ground-breaking Keeping Kids Smiling program is the proud winner of the 2016 Oral Health Project of the Year.

The Keeping Kids Smiling (KKS) program was initially created to overcome oral health barriers amongst vulnerable children in the City of Monash. By using a mobile dental van in schools and kindergartens, the team is able to reach children who otherwise may not see a dentist.

KKS has far exceeded its objectives and within the last financial year, has visited 32 primary schools, 17 preschools/kindergartens and opened access to oral health education and care to thousands of children.

Parents were often unaware of their child’s dental problems and the children were able to receive timely dental care to address their problems.

“This is a fantastic achievement by the dedicated KKS team. They are tipping the balance in favour of prevention and early intervention, which will make a valuable difference in these children’s lives,”
– Dr Felicia Valianatos, General Manager for Link HC’s Oral Wellbeing Team.

Link HC’s Oral Wellbeing team’s innovative approach also opened a referral pathway for the  Monash Cancer Centre patients, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne. Link HC accommodated over 100 cancer patients, to see a dental professional and enabled them to commence cancer treatment in a timely manner.  The Oral Wellbeing team was a finalist for the DHSV Public Dental Clinic of the Year award.

For more information, please visit our website at www.linkhc.org.au or call 1300 552 509.

Your Child’s Back-To-School Health Checklist

Summer fun is coming to an end. It’s nearly time to put away the swimsuits and dust off the school books, in time for school starting again.

Many parents focus on back-to-school uniforms and books, which is important. But equally important is to schedule routine doctor visits and to make sure your child’s health information is organised for school records. Here are some helpful tips.

Check-ups & immunisations

Schedule medical and dental check-ups before school starts.  Children may also need immunisations, in accordance with the ‘No Jab, No Play’ legislation. Consider vision and hearing tests, since impairment can affect learning and also a sports check-up if your child will be participating in sports.

Medical records

Organise your child’s medical history records and emergency contact information for your school to keep on file.

Children’s health records

Complete a consent-to-treat form and give copies to the school nurse and any day care providers to keep in your child’s file.

Health action plans

Liaise with the school nurse and your child’s GP/physician to develop action plans for any health issues, such as asthma or food allergies. It’s best to communicate these plans to all appropriate care givers.

Our Oakleigh and Brighton General Practices can assist with your child’s back-to-school health needs. Our GP team can provide the latest immunisations as well as administering free children’s health checks for Medicare card holders.

To make an appointment, phone 9564 6199 for the Oakleigh General Practice or 9596 3501 for Brighton General Practice. You can also download the free Link GP app.

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Five Easy Ways to a Healthier New Year

Traditional New Year’s Resolutions can seem fun to make with a never ending list of possibilities, but in reality, they are often extremely difficult to maintain throughout the year. At the end of January we often find ourselves having already given up or struggling to keep up with the expectations of our resolutions.  However, even though 2017 is flying by and January is almost at an end, it is never too late to make 2017 a healthier year.

To assist, we’ve put together five worthy ways to help you on your way to a healthier new you. If it’s easier, pick one and try it on for size. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel today and hopefully every day. Good health!

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There are many benefits of participating in physical activity.  Even people living with severe health problems can still get involved.  Some of the known health benefits include a healthy heart, stronger muscles, improved movement, more energy, improved sleep, better balance and coordination and a greater ability to do everyday activities. Start by enjoying a short walk with friends or getting out into the garden.  Keep it simple and build from there.

Moderation and eat well

Weight loss isn’t the only reason to change eating habits. Sometimes eating healthier simply makes us feel happier and better. Be mindful at meal times and tune in to what you’re eating (instead of being distracted by your phone/TV) to help you stop eating when you’re feeling full. Also there is a link between how we feel and how we eat. Figure out what kind of eater you are and whether you look to food for comfort in times of anger, boredom, stress or sadness. Swap that bag of chips for some luscious summer berries- yum!

Manage your mental and emotional health

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When we are experiencing difficult emotions, it’s good to know what things work to help you get through more difficult times.  Some people may be living with mental health concerns and can benefit from accessing support to assist with their own health needs. Link HC offers a range of mental health and wellbeing programs from counselling services, psychology services, family support services, family violence, addiction recovery, mindfulness programs, gambling programs and Tai Chi to support and improve mental health and wellbeing. Asking for help is a sign of strength.

Prevent new & manage existing health problems

It is important that everyone gets regular health checks. They are useful to identify any early signs of possible health issues and to manage any problems before they become bigger issues. Many factors, such as a person’s age, health, family history and lifestyle choices, impact how often you require health checks.

Take medications / supplements as prescribed

For some people, taking medication or using supplements can be an important part of managing their health and wellbeing.  Particularly in the case of long term health conditions, the medications may not cure the condition, but will help manage the impact of the condition.

It’s really important that you inform your health and medical care providers about what you are taking, tell your doctors if you are worried about the effects medications are having or want to make any changes.

Link HC provides a wide range of physical activity groups, dietitians and General Practitioners who can provide free health checks. We also have mental health and wellbeing programs. For more information, please call 1300 552 509 or via www.linkhc.org.au

Rockytoo still gets his walks, thanks to the special LinkPETS program

Rockytoo (pictured above), is an excitable two year old border collie owned by Jennie and Bob, and they have all been part of the LinkPETS program for more than 18 months.

Unfortunately Bob suffers from severe health conditions and relies on Jennie to be his full time carer. However Jennie has significant health issues too, having undergone three knee replacements which limits her ability to walk her beloved dog.

Rockytoo requires regular exercise and the LinkPETS program has been able to provide accredited volunteers to walk him on a regular basis. LinkPETS provides pet-loving volunteers to people who are finding it difficult to fully care for their pet because of their age, frailty, ill-health or disability.

“This program has been invaluable to both Bob and I. Through the love of our dog, we have met some wonderful people that are generous with their time and support, so that we still feel part of the community”
– says Jennie.

Since joining the LinkPETS program, Jennie has been able to develop strong and lasting friendships with her volunteers.

Jennie says people should spread the word about LinkPETS to anyone who may need extra help in caring for their pet.

Currently the program has plenty of ready and willing volunteers, but not enough pet owners asking for help.

If you know somebody that needs support caring for their pet, please contact Sarah Burton, LinkPETS Coordinator on 8822 8309.

New for 2017 – Tai Chi Classes Now at Clayton!

Great News!  To help people in Clayton experience the harmony and health benefits of regular Tai Chi practice, weekly beginner classes will be available from the Clayton Positive Ageing Activity Centre, starting from 13th January.

Held every Friday between 2pm – 3pm at 19 Mary Street in Clayton, you can learn Tai Chi in a friendly and welcoming environment. Regular Tai Chi practice can help promote and improve:

  • Joint mobility
  • Balance
  • Concentration
  • Relaxation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Co-ordination
  • Strength and Posture

Each session costs $8. Please call 1300 552 509 to book your place, or for more information visit www.linkhc.org.au or send us an email via the contact form below:

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Welcome to Link HC’s Blog

Welcome to Link HC’s Blog!  We hope you enjoy your time here.  This blog will contain articles about Link HC’s services, experiences and expertise, which we hope you will find interesting and helpful.  Many of the articles featured here can also be found in our Link Health and Community quarterly magazine.

Link Health and Community is a local community health and support service. We provide a large range of medical, health and support services that are aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of all residents living in and around the South-Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

Why should you choose to use Link Health and Community? Because our programs are developed in partnership with the local community to meet their health needs and are motivated by our aim to provide accessible and affordable health and support services to everyone.

We are a not-for-profit health service provider funded by both the State and Commonwealth Governments. We have six sites, Chadstone, Clayton, Glen Waverley, Oakleigh, Brighton and Mulgrave. Some of our services attract a set fee, others are FREE of charge, and all our profits go back into improving and expanding services for you.

Please call us on 1300 552 509, via email: linkhc@linkhc.org.au or through our website www.linkhc.org.au.