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Earlier today, BCH Palliative Care Consultant Dr David Brumley joined us for a LIVE Webinar to speak about Palliative Care. Dr Brumley is a distinguished palliative care physician who has worked extensively across regional and metropolitan health services and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his dedication to medicine and palliative care.
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Registered Nurse Grade 3A - Community Nurse Bellarine Community Health Ltd (BCH) is a dynamic, multi-sited Community Health service providing a range of health and wellbeing programs, across the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, located 30 minutes from Geelong. We are seeking a casual registered nurse for our Community Nursing and Palliative Care Program. This position will cover weekdays, weekends and evenings on call. The Community nurse is responsible for assisting and supporting clients in their home in the Bellarine area. We receive referrals from a variety of providers, e.g Post Acute care, Hospital in the home (HITH), Commonwealth Home & support ...
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Bellarine Community Health is excited to announce that our innovative autism-friendly dental service will be expanded to cater for individuals with other intellectual disabilities This expansion has been made possible thanks to a $25,000 grant under the State Trustees Australia Foundation, 2020 Community Inclusion grant round. The pilot project developed by Bellarine Community Health Dental Services last year is the first of its kind in Victoria. The team created an individualised dental program with a variety of supports to help people with autism access dental health care. The service will now be modified and expanded to cater for individuals with other ...
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A big thank you to BCH volunteers who support our organisation in a variety of roles and departments.  Without you, BCH would not be where we are today! Watch this staff video put together to say a special thank you.
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Thanks to BCH Youth Dietitian, Amy for putting together this recipe and video for Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins - a little healthier than usual! Click here for the full recipe.
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Bellarine Community Health (BCH) is proud to have contributed to the State Government’s Covid-19 testing blitz during the past week. Almost 500 asymptomatic people were tested at BCH sites at Portarlington, Drysdale, Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove, with the majority of those tested from the retail sector. The Covid-19 tests have helped inform the State Government’s decision to begin to ease restrictions across the State. “BCH established these testing clinics together at very short notice and I’m proud of how staff responded in such an efficient and professional manner,” said BCH CEO Shane Dawson. “The testing clinics were aimed at the retail sector in particular ...
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Dr Cameron Jeremiah, Infectious Diseases Physician has provided us with an update on COVID-19 for the Greater Geelong Region.  We asked Dr Jeremiah a few questions about the current status, what to expect and how things may change in the future.
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BCH Dental in Point Lonsdale have been advised that restrictions for dental procedures have eased to Level 2. This means some additional dental treatments can now be provided. While some current clients will be contacted to make appointments, we are able to accept new clients that meet the updated criteria. It is important that we continue to pay close attention to our general dental health, as oral health and overall health are very closely connected. Now more than ever, you need to take good care of your teeth and gums on a daily basis to help reduce dental problems.  Drinking plenty of water and cutting down on how much and how often you have sugary ...
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Bellarine Community Health is urging communities on the Bellarine to keep general health and wellbeing front of mind during COVID-19. There is growing concern amongst health professionals that people are neglecting existing chronic health conditions because of fears related to the pandemic. While minimising the risk of COVID-19 is vitally important, we also need to make sure that you are looking after the rest of your health. If you have an existing, chronic health condition or regular appointments scheduled with your General Practitioner or health professional, you should try to keep the appointment. If you don't want to attend in person, then see whether ...
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Client Services Assistant - Youth This is an opportunity to join a vibrant multi-discipline youth-dedicated team that provides physical, mental, medical and social support to adolescents aged 12-25 and their families/support structures. The position is part-time ongoing providing an opportunity to join this expanding service. Bellarine Community Health Ltd (BCH) is the major provider of primary health care service on the Bellarine Peninsula. Operating from five sites - one being youth specific. BCH provides a comprehensive range of health services including allied health, community nursing, dental services, Home Care packages, child, youth and adult health, ...
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The COVID-19 Pandemic has presented enormous challenges in our communities and Bellarine Community Health (BCH) has been working hard to ensure the health and safety of clients, staff, volunteers and the broader community. BCH has now established a new COVID-19 dedicated phone line to support community members who may need additional help beyond the current BCH health services. The types of additional supports BCH can now offer include assistance with transport to health appointments, pick-up and delivery of pre-ordered food and pharmacy script pick-up and drop-off. The new BCH dedicated COVID-19 community support number is 03 5258 0835. The dedicated phone ...
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To commemorate Anzac Day, Bellarine Community Health Dietitian Angela Walker has shared the following Anzac Biscuit recipe with a healthier spin! This recipe includes only 1/4 of the sugar of a regular Anzac biscuit recipe. Anzac Biscuits Makes 20 biscuits Time 30 minutes Ingredients 1 & 1/4 cups (120g) rolled oats 1/2 cup (75g) wholemeal flour 1/4 cup (55g) firmly packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds 1/3 cup (30g) desiccated coconut 2 tablespoons golden syrup 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda Directions Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Place oats, ...
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Speech Pathologist for the Child Health and Development Team 16 hr per week Fixed term contract until end 2020 Are you a dynamic and experienced Speech Pathologist? Do you love positively influencing the lives of children and their families? Are you keen to share and develop your skills alongside a committed and supportive team of like-minded Paediatric therapists? Do you enjoy working with a diverse client base? Are you excited about the opportunities that are available in coastal growth areas and see yourself working on the beautiful coastlines of the Bellarine Peninsula? Do you have a national police check, working with children check, ...
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The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to have a significant impact on our communities on the Bellarine. Bellarine Community Health has been constantly adapting to ensure we are playing our part in minimising the spread of the disease. Keeping our clients, staff, volunteers and the broader community safe is our priority.  Planning for BCH capital projects such as the redevelopment of our Portarlington site is continuing, but has not been spared the impact of COVID-19. For the latest information on the Portarlington redevelopment  click here.
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I am reaching out to you at this difficult time to update you on what Bellarine Community Health (BCH) is doing during COVID-19 to ensure your health and safety and minimise the risk of spreading the virus in our community. This is an unprecedented health crisis which will have significant economic impacts. We are doing everything we can to maintain our high professional standard of service, whilst keeping our clients, staff and volunteers safe. BCH has an important role to play in helping stop the spread of COVID-19. You will already be aware that we have made some very difficult decisions about our sites and services to ensure we are following Government ...
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BCH COVID-19 Update

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Bellarine Community Health COVID-19 Update The Federal Government’s decision last night to enforce further restrictions as a result of COVID-19 has forced Bellarine Community Health to make the incredibly difficult decision to temporarily suspend non-urgent, one on one allied health services. Our decision will come into effect from Monday 30 March . This decision will reduce the amount of people at our sites, which will assist in the Nationwide efforts to minimise the risk of spreading the virus in the community. “We are facing an incredibly challenging time, but we are working to ensure that we do everything we can to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” ...
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Bellarine Community Health has made the decision to follow recommendations issued by the Australian Dental Association(ADA) in relation to COVID-19. The ADA is recommending that general dental services be suspended, and only urgent and emergency dental treatments be provided where clinically needed. The situation is being monitored and there may be further restrictions recommended at a later stage. We have been forced to adjust our service delivery to be consistent with the most current health advice. Bellarine Community Health apologises for the stress this decision may cause clients. Clients are being contacted by staff. If you have an emergency dental need ...
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Fall Prevention

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Bellarine Community Health (BCH) have been monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely and working closely with other health organisations, including Barwon Health.  Although BCH is not aware of any cases of infection amongst clients, staff or volunteers, BCH has taken a number of precautionary measures. This includes the closure of gymnasiums until further notice. All exercise and social support group activities are also temporarily suspended and alternative ways of delivering programs are being considered.  All individual appointments with allied health and community nursing staff will continue to operate as normal, including the GP Clinic in Portarlington.  ...
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