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
- 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
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.