Community update #9
November 2020
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No doubt we are all relishing in the freedoms that we've missed out on for so long. It's an exciting time for all, with the weather warming up and the knowledge that we can visit our family and friends in Metropolitan Melbourne and have them visit us too!

With the end of the Metropolitan border restrictions, we will likely have many Melbournians visiting, which will be welcome news for our local businesses. It's important we don't discriminate against visitors to our town and instead celebrate that we are one state again.  

Over the last few weeks we have enjoyed the easing of restrictions a little closer to home, with changes to the opening of gyms, outdoor faith gatherings, increases in hospitality limits and more. You can view the full details online at the DHHS website

With more freedom, comes greater responsibility. We all need to ensure that we continue to follow the rules and get tested (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

We also need to continue to wear face masks and stay 1.5m apart when possible. It's an exciting time for many of us as we look forward to Summer, seeing family and friends who we've missed for so long and enjoying the simple things again.
Just remember to stay safe :) 
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.   

With the support of Hepburn Shire Council, Neighbourhood Houses/Centres across the Hepburn Shire are holding monthly Wellbeing Days for members of the community to reconnect. The first Wellbeing Days held in late October in Clunes, Creswick, Daylesford and Trentham were a great success, with everyone able to enjoy the sunshine. 
The Wellbeing Days will run again in November and December and we encourage all community members to pop in to their local neighbourhood house/centre. 
It's a great opportunity to socialise (appropriate COVID-19 measures will be undertaken) and find out about the opportunities and resources on offer within your local community. 
A member of Central Highlands Rural Health's (CHRH) Population Health team will be present at each Wellbeing Day, reminding our community of the many services and programs available through our health service. 

The dates for the Wellbeing Days are as follows:

Trentham Wednesday Nov 18th 10am-12pm
Daylesford Wednesday Nov 18th 1pm-3pm
Clunes Thursday Nov 19th 10am - 12pm
Creswick Thursday Nov 19th 1pm-3pm

Trentham Wednesday Dec 16th 10am-12pm
Daylesford Wednesday Dec 16th 1pm-3pm
Clunes Thursday Nov 17th 10am-12pm
Creswick Thursday Nov 17th 1pm-3pm

Please contact individual Neighbourhood Houses/Centres for specific information or schedules. 
Clunes Neighbourhood House (03) 5345 4078 
Creswick Neighbourhood Centre (03) 5345 2356
Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre (03) 5348 3569
Trentham Neighbourhood Centre (03) 5424 1354

NAIDOC Week is being celebrated from November 8 - November 15 this year, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. 
This week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. 
To see what events are happening and how to participate you can visit the NAIDOC Week website

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of our whole community. 
To support our community through this time, Central Highlands Rural Health (CHRH) are partnering with the Hepburn Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) and the Local Support Network (LSN) coordinated by Hepburn Shire Council, to deliver a health promotion messaging campaign. 

The campaign will run for 8 weeks across November and December and will focus on health areas including:
  • Healthy Eating 
  • Active Living 
  • Mental Wellbeing 
  • Alcohol consumption 
  • Domestic Violence
  • Social connection  

Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page and Website for this campaign and more posts similar to this. Be sure to share our posts with your friends and family so we can support everyone!
The Population Health Team at Central Highlands Rural Health administered a survey in July/August 2020 in regard to the affect of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing on the local community. 

We want to again thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey, as it helps direct us to local need and where we should focus our programs. 

A summary infographic has been created and you can check it out HERE

More than one million Australian children are affected by family violence.

Ballarat Community Health (BCH) asked young people aged 12 to 25 to express their views on the impact of family violence for their generation through an art and messaging competition. Judges selected the top entries in each category to make up their It Starts With You postcard campaign. The campaign was developed through the Safer Pathways for Refugee and Immigrant Women Experiencing Family Violence project, funded by DSS.

The postcards are designed by young people, for young people and provide information on how to get support for family violence.

You can view the postcards online at the BCH website

Artwork by Competition winner, Chi. 

The UN's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign that takes place annually between November 25 and December 10. 


Respect Victoria's Respect Women: 'Call It Out' campaign encourages Victorians to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women. 

16 ways to #callitout
What to do when you hear or see sexist, disrespectful or sexually harassing behaviour:
1. Don’t laugh at sexist jokes.
2. Give a disapproving look to show a behaviour or statement is not okay. Shake your head or roll your eyes.
3. Leave a pointed and uncomfortable silence.
4. Make a light-hearted comment: “What century are you living in?”
5. Check in with the person affected: “I heard what he just said – are you okay?”
6. Privately let them know the behaviour is not okay: “The joke you made in yesterday’s meeting was not funny, and actually not okay.”
7. Calmly disagree and state that the comment is wrong or unacceptable: “I know you probably didn’t mean it, but I found what you said to be offensive.”
8. Speak up and educate by explaining why you disagree: “Actually evidence shows the vast majority of women do not make up false claims of sexual assault”
9. Challenge the logic: “That’s not my experience.” or “What makes you think that?”
10. Stand up for the person affected: “Michelle was saying something, and you cut her off again.
11. Make eye contact with the person affected - let them know you’re an ally.
12. Show your emotion: “It actually makes me sad/ uncomfortable when you say that.”
13. Support others when they call it out: “I agree, that’s not funny.”
14. Appeal to their better self: “Come on, you’re better than that.”
15. Report the behaviour to management, or via incident reporting systems if available.
16. Disrupt or distract the situation to redirect focus from the incident to something else.

A great opportunity to develop/enhance your understanding of mental health and mental health problems, to identify someone possibly experiencing mental health problems and support them to seek appropriate help.

This Mental Health First Aid blended online course consists of two components and is facilitated by Brian Dunn, our Mental Wellbeing Coordinator at Central Highlands Rural Health (CHRH). 

To find out more about the course check out this FLYER or make contact with Brian on 5321 6587 or

Mental Health Month (October) may be over for another year but that doesn't mean you need to stop taking some extra time to look after your mental health. 2020 has been a tough year for everyone and that's why it's so important that we continue make our mental health a priority. 
If you're not sure on where to start or need a little motivation, check out these tips below.
  1. Stay active 
  2. Eat well 
  3. Connect with others 
  4. Do something you enjoy each day 
  5. Limit media consumption 
  6. Try and keep to a routine 
  7. Get an early night 
  8. Be kind to yourself 
  9. Try and maintain perspective 
  10. Seek help 

For more information and resources on how to look after your mental health visit Look after your Mental Health, Australia.  
If you need professional support please speak to your GP who can assist with a mental health treatment plan and refer you on to specialists, with up to 20 free/subsidised sessions a year. 

A FREE, four-part online learning course designed to improve mental health and wellbeing literacy has just been released by Heads Up at Beyond Blue. 
The Mental wellbeing: support yourself and small businesses training can help you look out for:
  • Your own mental health 
  • Those you work with 
  • Clients you may be concerned about 
  • Friends and family members 
It's a great short course you can pass on to your colleagues who may find it useful. 
Access the training here
Subjects covered are:
  • What influences our mental health and how to pick the signs that something’s not right.
  • How to maintain healthy habits at work and home.
  • When you should speak to someone about how they’re going.
  • The tools that can help you have a constructive conversation with them.
  • Making mental health and wellbeing a priority in your own business so you can support clients.
  • Ways to proactively help small business owners enhance their wellbeing.  
Each individual module takes no more than 25 minutes to complete. 

While the training ‘Mental wellbeing: support yourself and small businesses’ has particular value to those who work with small business owners, it has broader value too.

October 11-17 was National Nutrition Week and this year Try for 5 focused their campaign on vegetables and to 'Find your Veg Inspiration'
Try for 5 hopes to inspire people to eat the recommended 5 serves of vegetables each day. The campaign this year presented a collection of vegetable-focused recipes, veg tips and information to inspire you to get more veg in your day. 

Given everything that has happened this year, it's an important time to look after not only our own health, but the health of the planet. That's why Try for 5 has also provided a host of resources and recipes on food waste, selecting and storing seasonal produce and more. 

You can check out all these resources and many delicious recipes at Try for 5

Our dietitian here at CHRH, Olivia Gourley, also created a video on ways to help you reach 5 serves of vegetables daily. You can check it out HERE.
If you ever need a little extra support to put food on the table for yourself or your family, there are supports available. You can view our FOOD RELIEF RESOURCE to find organisations offering free or subsidised meals during this time.  

Cobaw Community Health have compiled a list of groups and programs available for LGBTIQA+ community members across the lifespan. 

More information about what's available and more details can be found HERE.

Sports Central have created a Facebook group for representatives from sporting clubs, leagues and associations within Central Highlands to share ideas and seek advice to ensure a safe return to sport. 
The group aims to provide support as everyone navigates the challenges of COVID-19 and hopes to continue as an ongoing network to build a stronger Central Highlands sporting community. 

If you are a representative within your sporting club and would like to join the group please visit HERE

Are you a business with desk-based workers?

Are you concerned about your employees health and wellbeing as they transition back in to the office?

Or do you work for an organisation and fit the above? 

Well the BeUpstanding program is for you!

What is it?
BeUpstanding is a free, world-leading program that improves the health and wellbeing of desk-based workers. The program promotes less time sitting, more time smiling.  

What are the benefits of this program?
Utilising the BeUpstanding toolkit in your workplace can improve health and increase productivity. It's data driven and FREE.
Desk-based workers spend an average 75% of their workday sitting and it has been found that prolonged periods of sitting can increase the risk of physical and mental health issues in the short and long term. 
To find out more about the program and register please visit the BeUpstanding website.  


50ml olive oil
1 leek
1 carrot
1 res capsicum
1 zucchini
2 tins whole tomatoes 
1 onion
Spare  spring onions
3 garlic cloves
2 rosemary sprigs
1tbls caster sugar
1tsp  salt
1tsp cracked pepper
Simplicity is key here.  
  • ALL of this is interchangeable. You don’t have a leek but you do have a pumpkin?  Then change it out.  If you have no zucchini, but you have 4 carrots and a bunch of parsley or maybe some peas?  Change it out.  
  • The only thing here that would need to be the constant is the tinned tomatoes.  They are, along with coconut cream, my saviour in the kitchen when it comes to a ‘I have nothing to cook’ ingredient.


1.     Place all the ingredients except the rosemary, and tomatoes into a blender.  Whizz up until it’s like peas in size.  
2.     Another option if you don’t have a blender is use a cheese grater.  It takes a little longer, but you will get probably a better result. In a deep pan, put the oil and bring to high heat.  Pour in the veg and cook down for at least 10 minutes.  You want everything to go translucent here. And become sweet and delicious.  
3.     Add the salt to help the process along.  Add the tomatoes and rosemary (leaving the sprigs behind. 
4.     Put the lid on put the heat on low and cook away for 30 minutes.  
5.     Finally place all the ingredients back into the blender and blend until smooth.  Or alternatively mash it up with a potato masher to keep it awesome and chunky.  
This works so well as an ingredient for pizzas, pastas, anything in fact.  Make a big batch, freeze it and keep it for that rainy day.

Recipe can be found on the Try for 5 website and is provided by Simon Toohey at The Sustainable Earth Network.
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.
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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