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.

Audiology

Timboon and District Healthcare Service offers a private audiology service.

This service is available via Tim Rayner audiology services in Warrnambool.

Please contact Tim Rayner Audiology directly on 5560 5833 to check availability, fee applicable and to book an appointment.

Community Health

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.

Dental

Good dental health is important on multiple levels. Our professional dentists perform a wide variety of dental treatments and procedures to help get your confidence back.

PRIVATE DENTISTRY

Barlow Dental runs a private dental clinic at Timboon and District Healthcare Service. They are an experienced, friendly and caring dental team is dedicated to providing high quality dental care, utilising the most up to date technologies and materials, to assist their patients in maintaining their teeth for life in a relaxed and professional environment.

 

They are available to complete the following procedures:

 

 

A referral is not necessary. Please contact our Reception on 5558 6000 to check availability, any fees applicable and to book an appointment.

Nutrition

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 and appointments can be made by contacting 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 our Reception on 5558 6000 to check availability, any fees applicable and 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.

A referral from your General Practitioner (GP), District Nurse or other health professional is required when booking an appointment. Please contact our Reception on 5558 6000 to check availability, any fees applicable and to book an appointment.

Physiotherapy

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

This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It involves the interaction between the physiotherapist (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.

A referral is not necessary.

Please contact our Reception on 5558 6000 to check availability, any fees applicable and to book an appointment.

Podiatry

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

A referral is not necessary. Please contact our Reception on 5558 6000 to check availability, any fees applicable and to book an appointment.

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

A referral is not necessary.

Please contact our Reception on 5558 6000 to check availability, any fees applicable and to book an appointment.

Social Work

Our Social Worker can provide support with emotional, financial, or social difficulties, including living with life changes brought on by illness and can connect patients with services and resources in order to help them cope.

These services include

  • Providing patient education and counselling
  • Advising and educating family care givers, to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.
  • Making referrals to other services and coordination of these
  • Address legal issues, such as assisting with VCAT hearings relating to their patients.
  • Assist with the planned discharge from care facility to home or other care facility.
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • Organizing support groups.
  • Identify environmental impediments to client or patient progress.
  • Linkages to mental health & alcohol and other drug services
  • Housing support & referral, including alternative accommodation and respite options.
  • Future planning including information and assistance with advanced care planning.
  • Information about Centrelink, TAC, WorkCover payments and services.
  • Referral to and information on financial and legal services and options.

Please contact our Reception on 5558 6000 to check availability, any fees applicable and to book an appointment.

Speech Pathology – This service is unavailable at present. Currently recruiting

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.

Please contact our Reception on 5558 6000 to check availability, any fees applicable and to book an appointment.

Exercise Groups

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.

Please contact our Reception on 5558 6000 to check availability, the intake process, any fees applicable and to book an appointment.

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.