Health education and support programs

Education and support are two of the most important factors we promote as part of our commitment to better community health. We run education programs to increase understanding of conditions. This helps:

  • identify and recognise underlying or developing symptoms
  • identify lifestyle factors contributing to a condition
  • modify behaviours to overcome or reduce symptoms
  • educate friends, family and the wider community, increasing awareness and lowering rates of people affected.

In conjunction with community and school-based education programs, we have involvement with several support groups across Timboon and surrounding areas. Support groups are an integral part of recovery, helping those affected come to terms with their condition, and providing a safe and secure environment for them to do so, as well as offering proven strategies and advice from people who have survived and developed despite their condition.

Please contact Timboon and District Healthcare Service for more information, and we always welcome volunteers to assist with running the programs, or administering a range of home and community health services.

Diabetes Education

Healthcare Services At Timboon and District Health Service, we offer a confidential and caring diabetes education program to help improve knowledge for people affected, their families and carers, as well as encourage active management of the condition.

The diabetes educator provides support and personalised education to people with diabetes and their support network, enabling them to:

  • accept the diagnosis of diabetes
  • maintain optimal management of diabetes
  • accept responsibility for self management and monitoring
  • understand the need for monitoring and prevention of complications
  • incorporate the management of the diabetes into their lifestyle
  • understand the need for ongoing education and support from health professionals on regular basis
  • encourage family involvement and support in understanding and managing the diabetes.

Diabetes support group

Diabetes is a chronic disease which has increased alarmingly and is fast becoming Australia’s biggest health problem. Diabetes is controllable and the risk of complications can be reduced with education, healthy eating, regular physical activity, medication, regular health checks, home monitoring and by maintaining a positive mental attitude.

Cobden Diabetes Support Group is open to all diabetics and their families. The group provides information, support and education in a friendly and relaxed environment. The group is part of Diabetes Australia, Victoria’s Community Network.

Meetings are free of charge and held:

When: Monthly meetings

Dates 2016 – March 9th, April 20th, May 18th, June 15th, July 27th, August 24th, September 21st, October 19th & November 23rd.

Time: 1pm-3pm

Where: Cobden District Health Services, 5 Victoria Street Cobden.

For more information contact Reception on 03 5558 6000.

No referral is necessary. The Diabetes Educator is available Wednesdays each week. Appointments can be made by phoning  (03) 5558 6000.

We’re pleased to offer qualified Timboon healthcare services specialists to assist with management of diabetes and other conditions, including dietitians and occupational therapy practitioners.

You can also contact us to find out about joining our diabetes support group.

Community & School-based Education Programs

Awareness, education and support are three important pillars of community health. In partnership with local and government organisations and support groups, TDHS is involved in equipping our community members with the knowledge and strategies to ensure they’re living their healthiest possible life.

Health education programs

Childbirth classes

Attendance at these classes for women and their support partners usually commences at around 28 weeks of pregnancy. Content is tailored to meet the individual needs of the group.

Aims of the program:

  • to increase knowledge and understanding about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting
  • to meet and interact with other parents who are having a baby
  • to provide advice, information and support about childbirth and parenting
  • to provide awareness of various support groups and birthing facilities.
  • to discuss ways of help oneself during childbirth and with parenting.

Why prepare for childbirth?

Some people question whether childbirth education is necessary, assuming everything is natural or common sense. However it’s completely normal to feel unsure and anxious about such a momentous occasion. Childbirth education classes help to put your mind at ease and:

  • clarify expectations of yourself, partner, doctor, midwife and birth
  • look at past and personal influences – family, health, sexuality
  • choose caregivers and birth place carefully
  • communicate your needs – a flexible, realistic, responsible birth plan
  • identify stresses and act now to fix them – FOI Act, hospitals, support
  • develop a support system for postnatal time – friends, family, GP, M&CHN, Australian Breastfeeding Association, support groups
  • develop strategies to cope with labour – good diet, fitness, pelvic floor control, rest, balanced activity, relaxation techniques.

For more information on childbirth classes please phone 03 55586000 or contact Timboon hospital.

School Health Programs

Timboon and District Healthcare Service is proud of its strong relationship with the Timboon P-12 School.  Our ongoing collaboration enhances opportunities for our younger community members to have access to a range of  health related resources and learning experiences,  as well as participate in activities and  special events that promote optimum health and wellness.

Health promotion initiatives

Health promotion involves working with people before they show the signs of disease, optimising their opportunities to make healthy choices and thereby preventing disease. TDHS runs multiple community awareness programs to improve overall well-being.

Heart of Corangamite

 

Timboon and District Healthcare Service staff play an active role within the four working groups (Leadership, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Respectful Relationships) as well as being responsible for mentoring the Heart of Corangamite Project Worker.

Community Garden

 

Please contact Timboon and District Healthcare Service to find out more about any of our community education programs. We always welcome volunteers, so take a look at our healthcare news and upcoming events to see how you can help improve your community.

If you’ve taken part in one of our programs and have further ideas, we welcome your feedback.

 

Health Screenings

Timboon and District Healthcare Services offers health screenings for people of all ages.  Health screenings help in early identification of a wide range of symptoms and conditions.

 

Yearly speech and language screening days are provided free of charge to Timboon, Simpson and Cobden kindergartens.  These are generally targeting the 4 year old groups however, depending on your child’s age, they may qualify for formal assessment despite being enrolled in the 3 year old group.  Ask your local kindergarten teacher or contact the Speech Pathologist at Timboon and District Healthcare Service to find out more.

For more information about other health screenings that may be coming up soon, please contact us.

Support Groups

Support groups play a huge role in promoting and fostering improved community health. Not only do they provide opportunities for education and strategies for living with a range of conditions, but they offer a sense of friendship, community and empowerment. Timboon and District Healthcare Service is pleased to promote several local support groups.

Timboon arthritis support group

The word Arthritis comes from Greek arth meaning ‘joint’ and itis meaning ‘inflammation’. So, arthritis means inflammation of the joints. However, arthritis is not a single condition and there are more than 150 kinds of arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions, all of which affect one or more joints in the body.

Timboon Arthritis Support Group Inc offers arthritis sufferers, family and friends:

  • friendly support
  • information
  • educational activities
  • guest speakers
  • library (videos, tapes, books).

For more information please contact:
Alison Gebert on (03) 5598 3988.

Diabetes support group

Diabetes is a chronic disease which has increased alarmingly and is fast becoming Australia’s biggest health problem. Diabetes is controllable and the risk of complications can be reduced with education, healthy eating, regular physical activity, medication, regular health checks, home monitoring and by maintaining a positive mental attitude.

Cobden Diabetes Support Group is open to adults with diabetes and their families. The group provides information, support and education in a friendly and relaxed environment. The group is part of Diabetes Australia, Victoria’s Community Network.

Meetings are free of charge and held:

When: Monthly meetings

Time: 1pm-3pm

Where: Cobden District Health Services, 5 Victoria Street Cobden.

For more information contact Reception on 03 5558 6000.

Timboon Friendlies meetings for adults with a vision impairment

Friendlies is an unfunded and informal group aimed at gathering people with varying degrees of vision impairment together, enabling them to socialise with those suffering the same loss.

This small group meets Wednesdays fortnightly at Timboon and District Healthcare Service from 9.30am to 3.00pm.

Activities include discussions, reading of the newspaper, reminiscence, sensory stimulation, craft, quizzes, day trips and much more. For more information contact Enid O’Connor on (03) 5598 3296.

Please contact Timboon and District Healthcare Service to find out more. You can also refer to Timboon hospital’s useful links or take a look at our health services FAQ.