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

 

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.

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

dollarphotoclub_30729042mandalaEveryone experiences ups and downs and our responses to these challenging times are rarely the same.

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

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.