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

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.

Source: Emergency Care For You

 

 

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.

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.