Bellarine Community Health Ltd is the major provider of primary health services to the Bellarine Peninsula. We operate from five health centres in Drysdale, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and Portarlington.
We are a registered Community Health Service under the Health Services Act 1988 (Vic). We exist to provide the types of health services most needed by the local community, with scaled fees to enable everyone to be able to afford quality healthcare.
Our services include:
- Allied health – physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, nutrition and dietetics
- Community nursing and support programs - home nursing, palliative care and continence clinic
- Child health and development - with specialised clinicians in physiotherapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy and nutrition/dietetics
- Young people’s services - including a dedicated clinic and specialised health and support services for young people
- Public dental service
- Exercise groups and social programs
- Healthy Communities Program supporting local projects and activities to change the causes of poor health;
- A partnered general practice service in Point Lonsdale.
Our health service receives most of its funding from the state and federal government, supplemented by client fees and grants received from other sources.
Bellarine Community Health acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land where we work, and pay respect to Elders, past and present.
Our Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Shane Dawson
Executive Manager Primary Health Care Services - Liz Womersley (Acting)
Executive Manager Business Development - Michael McAlister
The CEO and staff are responsible for the day-to-day running of the health service. Bellarine Community Health is committed to supporting the input of staff, service users and community members in the service’s operation and activities.
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‘Quality Living for a Valued Community’
- Health is the complete state of social and emotional wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease.
- Social, physical, cultural and environmental aspects of people’s lives all contribute to their well-being.
- Health care should be available to all, accessible by all and affordable for all.
- People receive the best health care when they take ownership for their own health.
- People should have a say in the level and quality of health care provided to them.
- No health profession has all the answers to all the health issues.
- No single provider has all the necessary resources to meet the health needs of a community.