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This year we celebrate Youth Week from 15 November - 15 December.
Our Hydrotherapy pool is welcoming back clients and we are currently contacting existing ones to support their return to therapy. The next phase will be to open up the pool to new clients to join our groups.
We know it is still November, but in a year with no rules, we've decided to bring on the festive merriment a little early. We all deserve it!
During the pandemic, we've had to get a little crafty so we've modified the way we deliver some services including social support.
In a year that has had little to celebrate, Connect Health & Community is delighted to wish long-time client, Gizella, a very happy 100th birthday.
As Melbournians cautiously emerge from their second lockdown, communications volunteer, Leesa, investigates what people did to get through one of the toughest, and most successful COVID restrictions in the world.
As we come to the end of October, it is fitting to look back with the knowledge that October is Mental Health Month, a great opportunity for reflection and awareness after the challenging year we have endured.
We are pleased to advise that in line with easing of social restrictions, we will be restoring our full range of face-to-face services, within a covid-safe environment.
Well, after 15 weeks of touring Australia and western Europe, we pack our suitcases for the last time before heading home.
This year World Osteoporosis Day encourages men to be mindful of the importance of bone health too.
Wow, it is amazing to think that we have been on our virtual holiday for 14 weeks now! Let's enjoy our second week in Portugal.
Well, after exploring the far corners of France, we say “au revior” to the home of great cheese, bread and cakes and head to Portugal.
World Cerebral Palsy Day is on 6 October, 2020 and I thought it would be a good opportunity to tell about my life living with Cerebral Palsy.
Week 12 of our virtual holiday and today we wrap up our time in beautiful France.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Connect Health & Community, whether they are valued members of our community sharing their time or skilled students sharing their newfound expertise.
We know that laughter is often the best medicine, so paediatric speech pathologist, Lisa, knew exactly what was needed to help keep her young clients wanting more.
We're not quite out of our restrictions yet, so let's keep (safely) exploring the wonderful world beyond the seas. This week we visit Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes in France.
Have you found yourself drinking more during the pandemic? You're not alone.
During Dementia Action Week we celebrate that many people living with dementia can continue to live well for many years after their diagnosis. We provide many services to help our community achieve this.
Members of the community will notice some friendly faces getting around town this week, as the extended Connect family is now proudly featured on our community transport busses.
We're (hopefully) nearing an easing of our social restrictions, giving us a bit more time to continue our virtual holiday with communications volunteer, Leesa. Join us as we continue this 'bon voyage.'
This week, we continue exploring western Europe’s largest country with visits to Dijon, Lyon and Chambery, and just a few more of my colleague's holiday snaps.
Another week and we are still under Stage 4 restrictions, but that doesn’t stop us continuing our virtual holiday to Europe.
With a few more weeks of lockdown left in Melbourne, communications volunteer, Leesa, continues our tour of Germany, with a visit to Dortmund, Cologne and Frankfurt.
When distraction from our COVID days comes in the form of gambling, we should take a minute to check whether that is the best decision we can make.
Living with financial hardship is never easy, especially if the light at the end of the tunnel never seems to get closer because of the burden of unpaid fines. But Gambler's Help Southern may be able to help.
They say a picture tells a thousand words, but for a number of Connect Health & Community Social Support clients, a thousand words just doesn’t seem enough.
They say a picture tells a thousand words, but for a number of Connect Health & Community Social Support clients, a thousand words just doesn’t seem enough.
While we are still in lockdown, and still in Germany, let's take our virtual holiday to the cities of Hanover, Bremen and Hamburg.
The Department of Health and Human (DHHS) will provide in-home testing for vulnerable Victorians in metropolitan Melbourne to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
A walk up COVID-19 screening clinic operated by Sandringham Ambulatory Care Centre provides the local community, the opportunity to get tested.
In this week's virtual adventure, we bypass the airport queues and cramped seating and head to Berlin, Germany, from the luxury of our homes.
Today we wake up to another day in our new state of lockdown …so what better thing to do than head off to New South Wales up to Queensland for some fun in the sun!
So as lockdown continues, we are going to continue our virtual holiday and leave Western Australia to head back east via South Australia and Tasmania.
CEO, Amanda Murphy, spoke on local radio program, "Glen Eira Working Together" recently to discuss how we are supporting our community through the coronavirus pandemic, the differences we are seeing between the first and second lockdowns and where people can seek help.
With Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions impacting our ability to provide onsite support at the Bluff Rd Housing Estate, Connect Health & Community is keeping connected with residents through a new weekly meal program.
Chronic pain affects about one-in-five Australians, but for people over 65 years, this jumps to one-in-three.
I hope you enjoyed my virtual tour last week when we visited The Ocean Road then headed to Canberra. This week, we to the Red Centre, and beyond.
During a pandemic it is very important that to eat well and stay physically active, particularly if you have diabetes.
Stuck at home with Stage 3 restrictions and a burning desire to hit the great open road, communications volunteer, Leesa, takes us on a virtual holiday around Australia.
Connect Health & Community communications volunteer, Leesa, not only supports us, but generously helps those in her immediate community too. During recent school closures, she helped neighbours by home-schooling their children so they could work.
We are pleased to advise that our current longest sitting director, Graham Ludecke, has been appointed to the Order of Australia in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
As part of Men's Health Week we meet two gentlemen who enjoy the benefits of being a part of the Connect Health community.
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and it brings the positive message, “save lives through early detection” - because bowel cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer if found early.
Following the Stage 4 restrictions, we have changed some of our services
Thanks to Australia’s good management of the COVID-19 pandemic, Connect Health & Community’s dental services are open and ready to support you with your dental care needs.
Those of us with jobs will eventually need to go back to the office, bringing a big change to our pets’ lives. Pet mummy and Connect Health & Community volunteer, Leesa, researched how we can help our fur-babies (and us) prepare for the inevitable.
After more than two months of social restrictions Victorian are again able to participate in one of our favourite past-times, dining out.
Our kids are very excited about the careful lifting of social restrictions, especially those who can't wait to get back on the team.
Food allergies are on the rise in Australia, so Food Allergy Week aims to raise awareness so everyone can better understand and protect those at risk.
Connect Health & Community is delighted to recognise the achievements of volunteers who have contributed multiple years of service to our community.
Three volunteers celebrate National Volunteer Week by sharing their experiences of volunteering.
National Volunteer Week 2020 celebrates "Changing lives, Changing communities" - recognising the impact volunteers have in our community and the impact that volunteering can have in their lives.
It's National Volunteer Week and this year’s theme of Changing Lives, Changing Communities is more relevant to our community than it has ever been before.
Today, 15 May, is International Families' Day, a day to celebrate the importance of families in our community.
As many families in our community struggle with home-based learning and the stresses it can bring, our Family and Youth Services team provides some tips to help your family through the challenges.
Locals are finding new ways to connect. As people are self-isolating, individuals have found a sense of normality and happiness through the Mr Whippy truck that provides yummy ice-cream to the locals
Connect Health & Community is pleased to welcome the staff and services of the Sandringham Ambulatory Care Centre (SACC) as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the community health provider.
With an estimated 1 in 70 Australians suffering from coeliac disease, diagnosis of the condition is often fraught with worries about how to stick to a gluten-free diet.
April is Autism Awareness Month, when we are asked as a community to better understand and support those in our society who are living with the condition.
Gambler’s Help Southern says these unprecedented times are putting additional pressure on many in the community who may already be struggling with gambling-related issues.
Whether you are self-isolating, staying home or still working, find time in your day to try some of these de-stressing activities to help you feel a little better about the world.
As you know we are all in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic and would like to assure you we are playing our part to keep our community safe.
If your organisation has expertise and capacity in gardening and horticulture, wed love to hear about it.
Our Accredited Practising Dietitian, Jodie, shares her tips to help you shake salt this World Salt Awareness Week.
Iconic Australian TV personality, Libbi Gorr, will be exploring the word “feminist” and why it is still a polarizing word when she addresses our International Women’s Day event on 5 March.
Our Social Support Group clients were recently treated to a visit from furry friends as part of Museum Victoria's outreach program.
Healthy eating is just as important for older adults as it is for everyone else, but sadly many older Australians have poor diets.
Charlie and the Chocolate factory star, Elijah Slavinskis, brought a little Wonka magic to a recent Social Support Group at Connect Health & Community.
With Smart Eating Week underway, Connect Health & Community dietitian, Angela, gives us some tips on how to overcome confusion when trying to make healthy choices in the supermarket aisle.
Summer and the festive season often go hand-in-hand with entertaining, full fridges and an abundance of food for many of us. But how do we make sure it doesn't also lead to waste?
One of the most challenging things a woman can do is to become a mother for the first time - so Connect Health & Community has developed a unique new program to help you get ready.
Victoria’s largest gamblers’ support service, Gambler’s Help Southern, warns that for many in our community, the festive season can be lonely and isolating, stirring feelings that can drive many to harmful behaviours like gambling.
For some, a crippling fear of going to the dentist (dentophobia) prevents them from getting the necessary help they need to ensure their oral health. Thankfully, our team of specialists may be able to help.
Like adults, teenagers can experience stresses every day from all manner of seen and unseen factors. As adults, we can help them navigate this challenging time.
The idea of summer typically conjures images of idyllic days, relaxing do-nothing weeks and endless time to relax and recharge. Sadly, that's rarely the case, but there are a few ways to help reduce stress this summer.
CEO, Amanda Murphy thanked our volunteers for their amazing contribution to our organisation over the past year, during the annual Volunteers' Christmas Party this afternoon.
Gambler's Help Southern warns that young people are at increasing risk of gambling harm, with the seeds of harm often sown during the Spring Racing Carnival.
To celebrate Occupational Therapy Week, our volunteer, Leesa, shares her experiences of occupational therapy as a child.
Connect Health & Community is looking to tackle the youth mental health crisis by recruiting high school students to be trained as mental health champions in an effort to stem the worrying statistics.
It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of much-loved team member and colleague, Juanita Robb.
We advise that the continuing impact of rising costs to deliver our hydrotherapy services has resulted in the need for us to increase our fees.
The South East Suicide Prevention Network is now supporting the community with local suicide prevention services and activities.
This week we celebrate Speech Pathology Week and the work of our Speech Pathology Team in supporting children and adults across our community who depend on speech pathology to help them communicate with confidence.
Giving to charities has more than monetary benefits. Donating doesn’t just benefit the charity or organisation but can be rewarding for you too. Australians donate millions collectively every year to charities that support causes they believe in.
Diabetes is recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition. In Australia, 280 individuals develop diabetes every day. Having diabetes not only affects the way you live your day-to-day life but can increase your risk for a number of other health conditions, if left untreated.
With winter attempting to lure us into our caves the thought of hibernation may be tempting, but the answer to beating the winter blues may just be to get out of the house and try a spot of volunteering.
Raising a child is undoubtedly one of the hardest and most important jobs you can have. From birth the challenges are overwhelming as adult life is fraught with sleepless nights, increased time demands, relationship changes and never-ending stages of baby’s growth to add to the sense of chaos.
Winter has arrived with gusto, but how do we prepare our bodies to make sure we don’t spend the coming three months laid low with sniffles and illness.
It’s often difficult to set aside time for ourselves and indulge in activities we enjoy. Whether it be working full time or studying full time, it has become harder and harder to take time off from life and unwind.
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. As a nation, Australia has one of the highest bowel cancer rates in the world, with 1 in 13 Australians being diagnosed with the disease each year.
We congratulate James (Jim) Arbuckle to the Order of Australia, in this year’s Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Connect Health & Community was proud to launch its ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan on Wednesday in the presence of local Boon Wurrong People, local councillors, partners, volunteers and staff.
Connect Health & Community is expanding its individual, supported transport service into the Dandenong area for local frail, aged or disabled residents who have difficulty accessing public transport.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. To mark Reconciliation Week, you are invited to join us for the launch of our Reconciliation Action Plan.
A wonderful window on history came to light recently in the form of a photo album from the East Bentleigh Community Health Centre Fitness Groups from 1985-86.
Community members are invited to attend an event aimed at helping those living with dementia and caring for loved ones with the condition.
The 'Belonging' Inter-Agency Art Exhibition is on at the Girrawheen Centre in Brighton until 28 May, with all invited to enjoy the works of artists from across our community.
Our new Suicide Prevention Network, launched at the start of April, is up and running and working to address the pressing local need for suicide awareness and support across all age groups in our communities.
Heart disease in women is often missed because women do not always experience the commonly associated symptoms of chest pain or discomfort, when they have heart disease.
Connect Health & Community has submitted a response to the Victorian Government’s Royal Commission into the Victoria’s Mental Health System. Our input was made possible thanks to invaluable input from our community and staff.
Connect Health & Community is encouraging members of our community to participate in this year’s ‘Neighbour Day’ on 31 March - Australia’s annual celebration of community that encourages us to connect with those who live nearby.
We are all pretty much aware that what we eat is important for our bodies and health, but did you know that how we eat that food can also impact our health as well?
Social media has its pitfalls, but when used carefully and responsibility, there are benefits to be gained from connecting in a connected world.
Australian of the Year and renowned youth mental health advocate, Professor Patrick McGorry, has lent his support to a new Suicide Prevention Network, created by Connect Health & Community, Wesley LifeForce and HeadSpace. The network will be launched on Wednesday, 3 April.
Held for the fourth year in a row, Connect Health & Community, in partnership with Women’s Health in the South East, Bayside Council, Central Bayside Community Health Services, Highett Neighbourhood House, Moongala Community Centre and Bentleigh Secondary College celebrated ‘Women in Sport’ #BalanceforBetter, discussing the successes and challenges of sport, from leadership to playing.
Connect Health & Community invites you to participate in a celebration of remarkable women as part of International Women’s Day on 7 March, 2019. This is a free event.
Become a member of our Participation and Engagement Committee to add to part of the ongoing development and evaluation of our work.
Gamblers Help Southern are now offering online video counselling for individuals who want support and help with their gambling.
Connect Health & Community hosted a fun afternoon to recognise the achievements of residents in creating a mural that celebrates life on the Bluff Road Housing Estate.
Gambler’s Help Southern is trialing Australia’s first video counselling service in an effort to make assistance for problem gambling accessible to more vulnerable Australians.
With a beautiful summer upon us, we've been having fun in the sun with the residents of the Bluff Rd Housing Estate.
Gambler’s Help Southern was proud to join the huge annual celebration of colour and inclusion that is Midsumma Carnival Day.
We love hearing that our efforts have made a positive impact on the lives of those we work with.
Connect Health & Community’s dietitians offer ten tips to help put the love back into healthy school and work lunches.
Now that the mayhem of New Year’s Eve has faded and the Christmas spirit has waned, how do you seize the momentum of the new year with your new year's resolutions?
Some insights to help you overcome procrastination and move forward this year.
The Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation has launched its 100 Day Challenge to help people change their relationship with gambling.
With holidays upon us parents are warned that holiday gaming could lead to gambling harm.
Connect Health & Community was delighted to last week receive a cheque for $20,000 from the Women's Committee of the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, to help build a new playground at the Bluff Road Housing Estate.
Our Volunteers’ Christmas Party was held last week, celebrating the hard work and achievements of our 200 volunteers who provide invaluable support to residents in our community.
A day to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.
Gamblers Help Southern is working with health providers in our region to help overcoming stigma and shame
Fighting the rise in childhood tooth decay. The Teeth for Life project is one step to positively redress the rise in early childhood decay rates to 47% of 5-6 year old children with tooth decay.
November 25 marks the start of '16 Days of Activism' a global campaign to raise awareness of the impact of violence, particularly on women.
Christmas and summer can combine to create a time of joy and fun, but for older people it can highlight the restricted abilities and health challenges that come with age.
The festive season is upon us, bringing celebrations of food and a little indulgence for most of us.
Despite being celebrated as the season of joy, the festive season is often a source of additional stress for people in our community, especially those already living with depression and anxiety.
Connect Health & Community is supporting ‘16 Days of Activism,’ a global campaign to raise the awareness of the impact of violence, particularly on women.
November 18 – 24 is National Skin Cancer Action Week, a timely reminder of the need to be sunsmart as we head into our long, hot Australian summer.
The Connect Health & Community Board of Directors held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 25 October.
Connect Health & Community has welcomed an announcement that an elected Liberal Government will contribute $2m towards rebuilding the hydrotherapy pool at our East Bentleigh site.
Connect Health & Community encourages residents of all ages and abilities to embrace Occupational Therapy (OT) Week.
Tuesday, 23 October, is Drop the Jargon Day. On this day we are all encouraged use simple language, so more people can better understand the important information they need to.
Despite being used almost every day, the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood.
With the end of the school year fast approaching, parents can help students as they prepare for end of year assessments.
Our mental health is vital to our overall health and happiness. Each day we can take steps to help our mental stability and agility.
Connect Health & Community encourages a community where our young people can talk about the pressures in their lives before the build-up becomes too much.
World Mental Health Day, 10 October, is a day to help raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.
Do you enjoy shopping, love helping other people and have some spare time to share? You could be a Volunteer Shopping Assistant.
Apart from letting others know you have just eaten poppy seeds, smiling has some amazing health benefits. So, go on, try it today.
In the lead up to the Victorian election, Connect Health & Community and the Victorian Healthcare Association are calling on the next government to pledge support to community health services.
Support community health services to meet the needs of our clients and communities. Make your voice heard, stand with community health, speak to your local MP.
While many individual foods may help increase your child’s ability to focus, it’s best to look at their whole diet to ensure they’re getting what their developing brains and bodies need.
The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) has recently highlighted data that shows public dental waiting times have increased by 67% over the past three years, with some vulnerable Victorians waiting up to four years for care.
Sunday 12 August is International Youth Day. Connect Health & Community has some tips to help young people tackle life's challenges.
The Victorian Government have revealed that Victorians lost nearly $2.7 billion on poker machines in the past 2017-18 financial year — the highest figure in a decade.
These simple speech and communication tips will help you and your child get prepped for prep.
With 1 in 5 adults with gambling problems starting to gamble before they were 18, an open conversation with your child now could help avoid difficulties down the track.
The first step to managing diabetes is understanding diabetes. Connect Health & Community's diabetes educator separates fact from fiction.
We’ve put together a simple guide to understanding and accessing health services through the Australian Government’s My Aged Care system.
Forget the fancy face creams – the key to healthy ageing may be stuffed inside your shoes.
As you age, it’s important to be able to identify the difference between normal age-related memory changes and symptoms that may indicate more serious conditions.
Confused about the NDIS? As a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, we can help you access the supports and services you need.
If you want to talk to your teenager about drugs and alcohol, here are a few ideas to get the conversation started, and keep it going.
People have been using hydrotherapy for the relief and treatment of pain and discomfort for centuries. But what are the specific health and wellbeing benefits of hydrotherapy?
These tips will help you improve your overall mental health and emotional wellbeing, and surf the inevitable waves of life when they do roll in.
The 200+ volunteers we are lucky enough to work alongside enable us to provide more services to more people in our community more of the time.
Kids and parents are getting behind the program's core aim: to support the wellbeing of young people through their common passion for footy.
What you choose to eat can have a huge influence on your energy, or lack of it.
Energy levels low? Try these simple energy and immunity boosting tips.
As part of our commitment to providing our community with improved services, we are upgrading our facilities at the Bentleigh East site.
Connect Health & Community announces new community partnership with Ormond Junior Football Club – the OJFC Youth Mentor Program.
Connect Health & Community is now a registered NDIS provider. And our first NDIS client turned out to be a blast from the past for all involved!
On Friday 9 March, we welcomed some remarkable women, including Nicole Livingstone OAM, to celebrate International Women’s Day at the 2018 event in Sandringham.
Studies show that a small amount of physical activity each day can improve not only your physical health, but also your emotional wellbeing.
With new evidence showing alarming levels of tooth decay among children, helping your kids develop good oral health habits now could save you a lot of stress, pain and money down the track.
Too busy for mindfulness and self-care? These 8 activities are easy to fit into your daily routine and could help you better respond to life’s challenges.
Has negative language and self-talk become a bad habit? These 5 simple fixes will help you talk yourself into feeling more positive.
Christmas spending, back-to-school costs, running the air con to beat the summer heat... No matter what led to that high credit card bill, it’s important to resist gambling on a ‘quick fix’.
Evelyn's story is one of eight stories of inspirational local women collected in "Finding a way".
The average Aussie consumes 14 teaspoons of sugar a day (more than double the recommended amount). So where is all this excess sugar coming from?
Connect Health & Community’s program aims to provide more flexible transport assistance for older residents who have difficulty accessing public transport or taxis.
In a 79.5% national participation rate, which is unprecedented for a voluntary survey, 61.6% voted ‘Yes’. We believe that this is a significant step forward to achieving LGBTIQ equality and one that we have been vocal in supporting.
During grass pollen season people may notice an increase in asthma and hay fever.
We’re committed to treating all our clients, staff and community with care, dignity and understanding.
The contribution of volunteers in our organisation is significant and we are always looking for people who are willing to give back to the community in which they live.