Healthcare | Timboon & District Healthcare Service
page-template-default,page,page-id-26,page-child,parent-pageid-570,qode-quick-links-1.0,tribe-no-js,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-title-hidden,qode_grid_1300,footer_responsive_adv,qode-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,qode-theme-ver-11.2,qode-theme-bridge,pc_unlogged,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-5.2.1,vc_responsive

Increasing community health and general wellbeing is Timboon and District Healthcare Service’s primary focus. Ensuring the entire community, from the unborn to the ageing, is in prime health allows greater community participation and fosters happiness.

We work with dietitians, dentists, audiologists and a host of other healthcare professionals to provide services ranging from speech pathology to physiotherapy and podiatry.

Please contact Timboon and District Healthcare Service with further enquiries.


Timboon and District Healthcare Service offers a private audiology service. Please contact us for more information

General wellbeing

Timboon and District Healthcare Service offers caring and compassionate professional services, encompassing a huge range of needs across our diverse community.

Inpatient care and support

Often illness or hospitalisation can be a traumatising time, both for the patient and their families. Our clinical staff aim to make the transition from hospital to home a smooth and well-organised process.

Community health and wellbeing

Community health and general wellbeing is a key priority for us. We provide a range of community health and wellbeing services to the wider local communities of Peterborough, Princetown, Port Campbell, Nullawarre, Timboon, Simpson and Cobden.

We offer a full spectrum of healthcare services across Timboon and districts, aimed at promoting ongoing community wellbeing, including speech pathology and exercise and rehabilitation programs.

Please contact us  on 5558 6000 to make an appointment or to find out more about our community involvement, including school-based health education services.


Good dental health is important on multiple levels. Weak, misshapen or missing teeth can indicate underlying bone or tissue weaknesses, as well as lead to other problems, including speech issues. Our professional dentists perform a wide variety of dental treatments and procedures to help get your confidence back.

Private dentistry

Dr Donna Mercado and associates run a private dental clinic at Timboon and District Healthcare Service every Saturday.

The dentists are available to complete the following procedures:

  • general restorative procedures
  • crown and bridge work
  • full and partial dentures
  • extractions and minor surgery
  • implant restorations
  • root canal treatment
  • teen dental program.

A referral is not necessary and appointments can be made by contacting Timboon and District Healthcare Service. Please call (03) 5558 6000, Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

Please note: this is a private clinic and all treatment is Fee For Service.

If you think your teeth or your child’s teeth have led to speech issues, we offer a qualified speech pathologist in Timboon.


LifeMAP (Mental and Physical Health) is:

  • a long-term integrated program developed by Timboon and District Healthcare Service to reduce the rate of chronic disease and improve overall health and wellness
  • integrated and team based, focusing on encouraging daily physical activity and good dietary choices to foster mental wellness and promote productive and fun participation in life
  • encourages workmates, friends and their families to support each other to achieve an improved state of health and wellbeing.

Timboon and District Healthcare Service developed LifeMAP to support positive lifelong changes to people’s lives through:

  • Encouraging daily physical activity
    Research consistently demonstrates that regular physical activity has important benefits for overall health. It reduces the risk of serious health problems, improves muscles strength, mobility and stamina. Ultimately, it makes you feel physically and mentally stronger.
  • Establishing positive behaviours for healthy eating
    As well as improving a participant’s physical activity levels, LifeMAP also helps establish good, nutritious eating that will lead to permanent healthy lifestyle changes. It is designed to increase your energy for everyday activities, improve quality of life, positively change your mindset and improve self-talk, which in turn leads to improved mental health outcomes. As part of LifeMAP participants are invited to attend presentations and workshops. These include, cooking classes for children, portion size and label-reading education and mindful eating sessions, and a range of workshops by professional speakers on life skills, time management and stress reduction strategies.
  • Fostering mental wellness
    Wellness coaches empower their clients with focus on facilitation, rather than prescription, helping clients overcome resistance to change. Wellness coaches support clients to work out what they want, why they want it, what’s stopping them – and only then – together create a plan for action.
  • Promoting productive and fun participation in all aspects of life

The LifeMAP program provides a supportive environment to improve health literacy and mental health. This includes:

  • wellness coaching
  • health and wellbeing newsletters with information on healthy eating and the benefits of different training programs
  • presentations and workshops – mindful eating workshops, motivational speakers
  • dietitian consults
  • counselling services
  • sleep strategies
  • Positive Psychology philosophies.


Timboon and District Healthcare Service is committed to fostering wellbeing in a holistic way to develop a healthier and happier community.

Our Dietitian helps people understand and make the connection between food and health. We can offer nutrition education and advice in the following areas:-

  • Weight management and body image
  • General health and wellbeing
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes management
  • Food intolerances
  • Irritable bowel symptoms (bloating, diarrhoea, constipation)
  • Emotional and binge eating

A referral is not necessary.

The current fee is $9.60 for Pension and Health Care Card Holders and $14.70 for non-card holders. Please note this fee is subject to change at the discretion of Timboon and District Healthcare Service.

Your diet can also affect the health of your teeth and gums. As part of our health services, we provide access to private dental care, as well as diabetes education and health screenings.

Please contact Timboon and District Healthcare Service for more information or to book an appointment.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are health professionals trained to assist people to overcome limitations caused by:

  • injury
  • illness
  • psychological or emotional difficulties
  • developmental delay
  • the effects of aging.

Specialising in the rehabilitation of patients’ functional abilities including personal self care, domestic and community living skills, an occupational therapist equips people with the skills to succeed at and enjoy their lives.

Timboon and District Healthcare Service offers occupational therapy services on Mondays for adults.  A Paediatric Occupational Therapist visits us on one Wednesday per month. A referral from your General Practitioner (GP), District Nurse or other health professional is required when booking an appointment.  Please contact us on (03) 5558 6000 for further information and bookings.

Please note: There is no fee for the Occupational Therapy service however payments may be required for any additional works or aids.



Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession providing services to individuals in order to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout life. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease, environmental factors and surgery.

Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximising quality of life and movement potential across all age groups within the spheres of:

  • promotion
  • prevention
  • treatment or other intervention
  • habilitation
  • rehabilitation.

This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It involves the interaction between the physical therapist (PT), patients, other health professionals, families, care givers, and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to physiotherapists.

The physiotherapist will use your individual history and a physical examination to arrive at a diagnosis and establish a management plan, and when necessary, incorporate the results of laboratory and imaging studies.

Our physiotherapist is available Monday through Friday for appointments.

A referral is not necessary and appointments can be made by contacting us on (03) 5558 6000.

The current fee is $9.60 for Pension and Health Care Card holders and $14.70 for non card holders.
Please note: this fee is subject to change at the discretion of the Healthcare Service.

Please contact us for more information on our professional healthcare and hospital services in Timboon. We work with a range of qualified specialists to provide holistic care, covering everything from audiology through to midwifery services and palliative care.


Podiatrists diagnose and treat conditions of the feet and lower limbs, including:

  • arthritis
  • soft tissue and muscular problems
  • neurological and circulatory diseases
  • lower limb complications such as nail disorders, corns, calluses and in-growing toe nails
  • Foot injuries
  • infections gained through sport or other activities.

Public podiatry service

Our podiatrist is available for appointments throughout Timboon, every second Tuesday between 10.00am and 3.30pm.

A referral is not necessary and appointments can be made by contacting our healthcare services in Timboon on (03) 5558 6000 between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

The current fee is $9.30. This fee is subject to change at the discretion of the Healthcare Service.

Please note this service is for frail aged or young disabled people only and there is currently a waiting list. To be placed on the waiting list for this service please contact the reception staff who will arrange for you to complete the necessary paperwork.

Private podiatry care

The private podiatrist is available for appointments every second Wednesday, between 9.00am and 4.00pm.

A referral is not necessary and appointments can be made by calling (03) 5558 6000 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Please note: this service is open to anyone and all treatment will be Fee For Service.

We’re pleased to provide a variety of professional health services in Timboon to improve wellbeing throughout the community.

Speech Pathology

Our ability to communicate is something that we don’t tend to think about and often take it for granted. Timboon and District Healthcare Service provides a highly skilled speech pathologist who diagnoses and treats communication and swallowing difficulties.  The service is available for both inpatients and outpatients; children aged 0-6, as well as adults.

Speech Pathologists can:

  • Work with a child who is difficult to understand
  • Encourage development of language skills
  • Work with a child who stutters to speak more fluently and confidently
  • Support a child who is having difficulty understanding and following directions
  • Assess and provide ongoing management to an adult who is experiencing swallowing difficulties following a neurological event, ie a stroke.

The speech pathologist liaises with medical staff, other allied health, nursing staff, teachers and parents to develop comprehensive support programs and maximise therapy benefits.

Speech Pathology appointments are available Monday, Friday and every second Thursday.  The current fee is $9.60 for pension and health care card holders and $14.70 for non-card holders.  Please note this fee is subject to change at the discretion of the Healthcare Service. 

To make a booking or find out more about our Speech Pathology service phone (03) 5558 6000.

Please contact us to find out what’s on at Timboon and District Healthcare Service.

Wellness Coaching, Exercise & Rehabilitation

We all know that most of us can be more active. Now you have the opportunity to attend structured classes supervised by a fitness instructor for no cost. Timboon and District Healthcare Service views this as an investment in our community as we understand that prevention is better than cure. People often slow down their exercise and activity levels because they grow older. In fact there is much evidence to suggest that we feel older because we stop being active!

People are motivated to exercise for many different reasons. Perhaps you wish to:

  • aim to undertake the accepted 30 minutes of exercise each day to prevent lifestyle diseases
  • improve your strength to make activities of daily living easier
  • improve your balance to prevent falls
  • attend a structured class for continued motivation to exercise
  • get out of the house and meet up with like-minded people
  • challenge yourself mentally as well as physically
  • build on rehabilitation from surgery or injury
  • loosen up stiff joints
  • actively relax
  • improve the symptoms of arthritis
  • lose weight
  • feel fitter!

No matter what your reason to increase your activity level, we aim to offer a variety of programs to match your motivation.

What happens when you come to the classes?

In consultation with Timboon and District Healthcare Service (TDHS) staff, you discuss your current fitness and health status. Areas to improve are identified and an appropriate program suggested. This may range from training independently, as part of a group, or in consultation with the physiotherapist.

Your individual needs are central to this process, and ongoing assessment is available whether formal or informal. You choose which exercise approach works for you. Options available to you include cardio circuit, balance skills, hand-held weights, resistance-band workout, tai chi, pilates exercises, exercise with the fitball, flexibility, and relaxation.

Body Balance

This 8-week course aims to reduce the risk of falls by providing assessment, information and exercise that improves strength and balance. Based on the NoFalls exercise program, clients are referred by health professionals and are assessed for falls risk. After each 1-hour exercise and activity session, 30 minutes of education and discussion follows. Exercises are taught to participants who are encouraged to follow a home program and attend other exercise classes provided by TDHS. This short course provides a good opportunity to introduce clients to the range of exercise classes and thus encouraging a weekly commitment to exercise for health.

Strength training

Originally based on the Powerpals community program, two sessions are offered during the week. They are self-paced with participants working through a series of three upper and three lower body exercises complemented with other activities to make the sessions approximately one hour in duration. Programs are written to work towards the aims of the participants. This time is ideal for those wishing to have specific needs met with one-on-one support if required.

Circuit training

This twice-weekly session is for people who enjoy exercising with others. A typical session includes a 10-station aerobic circuit, followed by stretching and strength training. We finish up with 10 minutes of guided relaxation. Other activities in all these sessions include using a pulley machine, exercise bike, treadmill, fit ball and Pilates and balance exercises.

Tai Chi

This well-known gentle exercise can be of great benefit to the older adult. Positive outcomes include preventing falls, increased flexibility and strength, particularly in regards to posture, improvement to concentration and focus. The forms studied are Sun 73 and Tai Chi for Arthritis, developed by a Sydney GP and endorsed by Arthritis Victoria. Three classes are currently running from beginners to many years experienced and are consistently attended. Age of participants ranges from 46 to 83.

Gentle exercise

This group class is the lowest-impact of all the classes, focusing on functional movements and mobility. Most exercises are chair-based, yet clients are encouraged to complete a mobility circuit during the class time. Strength training does play a role in this class, as does relaxation and tai chi, but the motivating force for most participants is the social interaction. The end of class cuppa is very important! Community transport plays an important role to keep participants attending.

We offer a huge range of health education programs and support groups across the Timboon and district area, as well as a variety of volunteer services.

Please contact us to find out more or enquire about our wide range of health services, including clinical counselling and podiatry.