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.

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.