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

 

 

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

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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