Community update #10
December 2020
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For many of us it has been a long and challenging year, where our level of resilience has been tested like never before. Although COVID-19 has affected us all in a range of different ways we can be proud to know that as a community we have come together to support each other during these tough times. Now we can safely celebrate the festive season, a chance to spend quality time with family and friends and enjoy the many freedoms that we have missed so dearly.    

Our Community Health Centres will be closed from 5pm Wednesday December 23 and will reopen 8am Monday January 11. If you have concerns during this time please make contact with your regular GP.  

As we spend the next few weeks enjoying our break and the warm weather, it's important that we continue to follow the rules and get tested if you feel unwell (no matter how mild your symptoms may be!)

Please contact our Respiratory Testing Clinics for more details or to book an appointment:
Daylesford - 03 5321 6654 
Kyneton - 03 5422 9900

On behalf of everyone at Central Highlands Rural Health we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope that you have the opportunity to enjoy a break over the next few weeks and that everyone returns safe and well in 2021! 

Central Highlands Rural Health (CHRH) in partnership with the Hepburn Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) and Hepburn Shire Council's Local Support Network (LSN), have come together to provide information on how we can enhance our health and wellbeing as we work our way out of COVID-19 restrictions and through the festive season. Check out the video HERE.

Members of the Hepburn Shire Council LSN include Hepburn Shire Neighbourhood Houses/Centres, Trentham Lions Club, Glenlyon Progress Association, Daylesford Good Grub Club, Daylesford Community Church, St Johns Community Group Creswick and Anglicare. 
Members of the Hepburn LDAT include CHRH, Hepburn Shire Council, Daylesford Neighbourhood House and Victoria Police. 

If you would like a copy of the social media tiles from the video to share with your community, please make contact via email at 
Each and every one of our community members has played an important role in ensuring that we are all able to enjoy a COVID normal Summer. Although we may feel as though we have beaten COVID-19, it's important that we don't become complacent and still continue to follow the rules and get tested when needed.
Some of the latest easing of restrictions allows us to:
  • Only wear a face mask when on public transport, in share vehicles or in large retail venues such as supermarkets, department stores and shopping centres. However it's important that you carry a face mask with you whenever you leave home. 
  • Have up to 30 visitors to our homes per day. 
  • Meet in groups of us to 100 in outdoor public places. 
There have been further easing of restrictions in other areas, such as hospitality, also. To find out more visit HERE.   
Central Highlands Rural Health (CHRH) participated in the UN's 16 Days of Activism campaign that is run every year. the campaign begins on 25 November, the International day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on 10 December, which is International Human Rights Day. 
The aim of the campaign, which aligns with Respect Victoria's Respect Women: Call It Out campaign, is to bring awareness to and change how women and their children are treated within our community and to bring an end to family and domestic violence. 

During the 16 Days of Activism, many of our staff shared what "Respect Is..." to them. If you have visited one of our campuses in recent weeks, you may have noticed the displays in our reception areas.

A video was also created showcasing our staff which you can view HERE.
If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, or has experienced family violence and would like support, help is available.

Safe Steps
1800 015 188 -
Victoria's 24/7 domestic and family violence response centre for victim-survivors. Phone and email services available 24/7. Live web chat is available 9am-9pm Monday-Friday.

1800 737 732 -
The national sexual assault, domestic violence and family violence counselling service. Phone and online services available 24/7.

The Orange Door
Central Highlands (Ballarat) - 1800 219 819
Loddon (Bendigo) - 1800 512 359 -
Free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence, and is now open within the Central Highlands and Loddon regions.
If you believe someone is in immediate danger call 000 and ask for the police.

The Department of Education and Training (DET) have provided a resource with tips for parents, carers and families to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in their care over the school holidays. Also included is services to reach out to if more support is needed. 

You can find the resource HERE and it is a great one to share with other families in our community. 

Remember when perms, mullets and crimped hair were all the rage? In the ‘80s, bigger was always better.  
Hair styles might have less volume these days, but it’s still the same Aussie sun. Stay SunSmart this summer, and encourage your kids to do the same.  

SLIP – on sun protective clothing
SLOP – on some sunscreen
SLAP – on a hat
SEEK – shade 
SLIDE – on sunglasses 

As the weather heats up and we start to spend more time outside it’s important that we are drinking enough water to keep our body hydrated. Water makes up 70% of our body and plays an important role in the health of our brain, skin, heart, lungs and more. 
If you find it difficult to ensure you are drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses of water a day, why not try adding some flavours to keep it interesting. 
Stay away from the sugar loaded cordials and instead add some fresh fruit or herbs for a delicious flavour. Try adding the following combinations to your water:
•    Strawberries and mint
•    Lemon and ginger
•    Sliced cucumber 
•    Berries 
•    Citrus

If you have any great flavour combinations for spicing up your water, let us know at

With the holiday period looming, it’s a chance for us to spend more time with friends and family, our little ones or maybe even our beloved pets. However, you might have noticed your physical health has declined these last few months and you’re not sure whether you can keep up anymore. This is understandable, but instead of beating yourself up about it, try to act with self-compassion and kindness and simply ‘Start again’. Get Active Victoria have written a great piece about overcoming exercise barriers which you can read HERE.

Our physical health isn’t just about getting fit, reaching a certain weight or running a marathon. Maintaining and improving our physical health will see benefits across all areas of our lives including a better night’s sleep, increased energy and the chance to explore a new outdoor area. 

Instead of thinking about exercise as something additional you need to do, build it into your life. Go for a walk with a friend to catch up instead of that coffee date, take the kids on a bike ride, participate in an exercise that you find enjoyable and fun or get a group of friends/family together and create a challenge – that way you’ll hold each other accountable. 

Get Active Victoria have a range of workouts, challenges and games that will keep you active. They can all be done at home and are a great opportunity to get the whole family involved. 

We are all experts at giving great advice to our friends and family about the importance of looking after ourselves. However after the year we have all had, its’ more important than ever to finally start taking that advice on ourselves!     

It has been a busy term 4 for the Population Health Team with six local primary schools participating in the Puberty Education Program developed for grade 5 and 6 students. 
The program provides important health knowledge to students and builds a shared understanding of the changes associated with puberty.

Participating schools: 
Creswick Primary School
Creswick North Primary School
Daylesford Primary School
St Michael’s Primary School
Trentham District Primary
Yandoit Primary School

Student Feedback Summary
A total of 186 students completed the survey. Overall, feedback was positive with many students finding Puberty Education an enjoyable program with majority of students (87%) finding it easy to understand and preparing many for the future.

Overall results
•    After the puberty education sessions, 54% of students “know a lot more now” and 44% of students “know a little bit more now”.
•    89% of students have a good understanding about personal hygiene and hygiene products (including deodorant, face wash, pads and tampons etc.).
•    88% of students have a better understanding about the male and female reproductive system after participating in the Puberty Education Program.
•    65% of students feel it will be easier to go through puberty after the classes.

Teacher Feedback Summary
Positive feedback was obtained from the teachers indicating that Puberty Education is a ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’ program and “very valuable for this age”.

We look forward to delivering the program again during 2021. If you have any questions please feel free to contact
 Prep: 10 mins
 Cook: 20 mins
 Serves: 6
1 tsp canola oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
250 g lean beef mince
1 medium zucchini, grated
2 medium carrots, grated
400 g can no-added-salt red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
400 g can no-added-salt diced tomatoes
1 tbs sweet chilli sauce
2 tbs paprika
1 tbs ground cumin
1 tbs ground coriander
1 tbs chilli flake, optional
Heat oil in a large frypan and fry onion, garlic and mince for about 5 minutes, till onions are clear and meat is browned.
Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid off, stirring occasionally.
Serving suggestion:
Roll up the Mexican Mince in a tortilla with tomato, corn, onion, cucumber and lettuce. Add a spoonful of natural low-fat yoghurt and chilli flakes for extra kick.
Remember to drink water regularly (approximately 6-8 glasses a day) to stay healthy and hydrated and try to eat a variety of 5 portions of vegetables and 2 of fruit each day.
The Population Health team endeavours to keep you updated with everything health and wellbeing within our community. If you would like to stay updated with a range of services across the organisation, please check out the latest Spring issue of our Central Highlands Rural Health Community newsletter.   
Central Highlands Rural Health (CHRH) continues to operate two COVID-19 respiratory testing clinics at our Daylesford and Kyneton campuses. 
To receive the test for COVID-19 please call ahead and speak to one of our staff members on:
Daylesford - (03) 5321 6654 
Kyneton - (03) 5422 9900 

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, no matter how mild, you should seek advice and get tested. 
  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats 
  • Cough 
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered. 
To get further advice, contact the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
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