Wyndham Vale PCC, Author at Wyndham Vale Primary Care Centre

Wyndham Vale Primary Care Centre’s 1st Birthday Party

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Come along and enjoy the fun.

Make this your chance to learn  about your local health services and to meet your local family doctor.

Date: Sunday, 3 May 2015

1st Birthday Flyer

Time: 11am to 3pm

There will be FREE fun activities and entertainment including:

  • face painting
  • jumping castle
  • balloonist
  • art workshops
  • music and dancing

Free sausage sizzle and prizes to be won.
See our Event Flyer for information.


For further details call 8368 3022.

Community Day: Let’s Grow Together!

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Join us on Sunday 30th November from 11am to 1pm for a morning of family fun.

There will be free activities for the kids with an arts project, seedling planting (to take home and grow!), facepainting and more.

Wyndham Vale Primary Care Centre is seeking community feedback and participation in the services we offer here. We are also looking for community volunteers who would like to be involved in our rooftop community garden project,

Come and join us and have your say


BetRegret- Gambler’s Help

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BetRegret- A responsible gambling campaign from the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

Learn more about BetRegret here

What is BetRegret

You know that feeling you get after you gamble more than you’d planned to, even if that feeling only lasts a few minutes?
That feeling has a name. It’s called Bet Regret.

Maybe you’ve spent more than you’d planned. Or maybe you’re gambling more, or for longer.

If you’ve felt anxious, guilty, or just uncomfortable after gambling, listen to it.

Bet Regret. Don’t let it lead to something bigger.

Tips to avoid BetRegret

  • Gamble less than once a week
  • Set a money and time limit and stick to it
  • Leave your credit and debit cards at home
  • Don’t mix gambling with heavy drinking or drugs
  • Gamble for fun, not because you need the money
  • Always know the odds and your chances of winning
  • Learn from past gambling experiences

Gambler’s Help offers free information, advice and counselling 24/7.
If you are concerned about your gambling please contact 1800 858 858 or visit gamblershelp.com.au

Occupational Therapy Week Australia

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This week is Occupational Therapy (OT) Week.

Have you ever wandered what an OT does or how an OT can help you?

As OTs we try to help you carry out every day activities at home independently and as safely as possible. We can also help with how you manage to cope with activities outside of your home eg how you get to the shops.

How do we do this?

To find out how you are coping at home with carrying out everyday activities we first of all need to visit you (and your carers) at home to carry out an assessment. Basically what we do is to ask you lots of questions about how you are managing at home and we might ask you to show us how you are managing for example if you tell us you are having problems getting in and out of bed we might ask you to show us so that we get a better idea of what we could suggest to make things easier for you.

What activities can an OT help with at home?

OTs can help with advice on how to manage many activities of daily living at home and where appropriate may be able to recommend funding support to contribute to the provision of essential equipment and home modifications. Common areas in which OT are asked to help include:

  • Difficulties getting in and out of the shower,
  • Difficulties getting on and off the toilet,
  • Difficulty getting on and off chairs,
  • Difficulty managing steps around the home,
  • Difficulty moving around your home or outside your home,
  • Difficulty managing cooking and housework activities.

These are just a few of the many activities of daily living which an OT may be able to help with. If you think an OT may be able to help you then you can contact the intake team on 8734 1400 to make a referral or you can ask your GP or other other health professional to make a referral.

In the next few weeks we will provide more details of ways in which an OT may be able to help you at home.

IPC Health provides occupational therapy services, if you would like to know more please contact client services on 9216 7777

Living Well With Diabetes Werribee

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Diabetes Vic is holding an event to provide people living with type 2 diabetes the opportunity to take part in information sessions featuring advice on how to live well with diabetes.

Time: Saturday, 18 October 2014, 09:30 – 14:00
Location: Werribee Racing Club, 2–10 Bulban Rd, Werribee VIC 3030
Contact: Bookings are essential. To reserve your place please call 1300 136 588 or email membership@diabetesvic.org.au

This is a free event for DA–Vic Members. Light lunch will be provided. Parking is available.
A panel of experts will be available for discussions throughout the day, along with a live cooking demonstration.
DA–Vic team members will be available to answer your questions about the membership and support services available in your region.

For more information please click here

If you are concerned about diabetes and your health please contact your GP, or Modern Medical Wyndham Vale on 9216 7999 to arrange an appointment.
IPC Health Wyndham Vale also has a variety of services to help with diabetes management including diabetes educators, dietitians and podiatrists. Contact IPC Health on 9216 7777

Alzheimer’s Australia: The Unspoken Impact of Dementia

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Many Australians mistakenly think the symptoms of dementia are a normal part of ageing.

Dementia is caused by diseases that damage the brain. It is not a normal part of ageing. And it can happen to anybody.

Glenda, Keith and Graeme are Aussies in their 50s and 60s living with dementia in Australia. Here they share their experiences of living with dementia, the stigma that they’ve experienced as a result of their diagnosis, and their views on the small things people can do to help create a dementia-friendly nation.


Alzheimer’s Australia has a vision to create a dementia-friendly nation, a place where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

To do that, we need to end dementia stigma. A crucial first step is for people to become dementia-aware and understand what it is like to live with dementia.

You can start by watching and sharing this video.

You can also visit the Alzheimer’s Australia website: http://www.dementiafriendly.org.au/


Many Australians know very little about what dementia is or how it develops.

Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease – there are many types of dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease).

Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.

Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years. People in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia. Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing.


• There are more than 332,000 Australians living with dementia

• This number is expected to increase by one third to 400,000 in less than ten years

• Each week, there are more than 1,700 new cases of dementia in Australia; approx. one person every 6 minutes. This is expected to grow to 7,400 new cases each week by 2050

• Many people with dementia and their family and carers experience loneliness and social isolation after their diagnosis

• If diagnosed with dementia, 60% of Australians say they would experience feelings of shame

• People living with dementia often struggle to engage in their local communities because of limited community understanding of dementia



National Diabetes Week – Free Risk Assessments at Modern Medical

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Find out if you are at risk of Diabetes. Visit Modern Medical Wyndham Vale during National Diabetes Week (13th – 19th July) for a free assessment.

“Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood are too high. Blood glucose levels are normally regulated by the hormone insulin, which is made by the pancreas. Diabetes occurs when there is a problem with this hormone and how it works in the body.

People at risk need to have a laboratory blood glucose test performed by their doctor to check if they have diabetes. It is important not to wait for symptoms to develop, as these may not appear until the blood glucose is quite high.” For more information on Diabetes please visit The Better Health Channel

To book your free risk assessment or to discuss any concerns with a GP, please contact Modern Medical Wyndham Vale on 9216 7999


We Welcome Love Your Feet Podiatry

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We welcome Kathryn Jones from Love Your Feet Podiatry to the Wyndham Vale Primary Care Centre,

“As a podiatrist I get to meet such a variety of clients, from all walks of life.  I learn all about each person and their entire families and friends. I feel very privileged to be able to provide some comfort or help with different medical conditions or physical problems they may be experiencing… But my job is also very much just being there to listen to each person and to show compassion and care.  I love my patients and therefore I love my job!”

Katherine deals with the prevention, diagnosis, assessment, rehabilitation of conditions affecting the lower limb and foot. Here’s a brief list of the different aspects of podiatry :

  • Routine Care – nails, callous reduction
  • Corn and Verruca treatment
  • Ingrown toenail treatment and surgery
  • Bio mechanical assessments and evaluations
  • Inshoe build ups and modifications
  • Diabetic neurovascular assessments
  • Treatment for plantar fasciitis, Mortons neuromas, Achilles tendinitis
  • Leg length discrepancies

To make an appointment with Katherine please contact client services on 9216 7777