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

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.

Source: Emergency Care For You