Latest news from IPC Health

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Free dental checks at Hippo Beach Party

Free Dental health check-ups for children 0-12 years provided by IPC Health Dental Service staff at Werribee Open Range Zoo’s Hippo Beach Party.
Sunday 16 February and Tuesday 18 February, 10.30am – 2.30pm.

www.zoo.org.au/werrib…/whats-on/…/hippo-beach-party/

13/02/2019
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Visitors for our Social Prescribing program

This week we welcomed visitors from Waseda University in Japan, who are learning more about our Social Prescribing pilot program.

Social Prescribing is a new free service piloted in Brimbank as a holistic approach to improving health and wellbeing.

12/02/2019
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Heat Health Alert for Friday 31 January 2020

Extreme heat can affect anyone. Plan ahead to stay cool.
Stay in the shade, wear a hat and drink plenty of water.
Never leave anyone in a car.
Spend the day in cool buildings (libraries, cinemas, shopping centres).
Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends during a heatwave.
If you NEED HELP call Nurse on Call on 1300 60 60 24 (free 24-hour health advice in your language).

Survive the heat

30/01/2019
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Free Learning to Relax group in Deer Park for term 1

Friendly group, 6 weeks on Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at IPC Health’s Deer Park campus. Starting 12 February 2020.
Offering an introduction to different aspects of relaxation. Aims at helping people  manage stress better in a holistic way. Includes progressive muscle relaxation, visualisation and meditation exercises.
Contact Leanne or Nadia from our  Living Well team on 9296 1200.

29/01/2019
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Free Confidential Dual Diagnosis Counselling Program

Counselling is available for any person over the age of 16 who is experiencing alcohol or other drug and mental health concerns or their parents/partners or other family members who are affected.
Dual Diagnosis Counsellors are available at IPC Health sites in St Albans and Hoppers Crossing.
For an appointment, phone Intake: 9296 1228

16/01/2019
IPC Health pharmacist Penelope Wood

We now have a general practice pharmacist

Our general practice pharmacist, Pene Wood, is onsite assisting the GPs with medication management issues. Pene is available on Thursdays and Fridays and is happy to chat with you about anything medication related. This might include:

  • If you have been started on a new medication
  • You are unsure what your medications are for
  • You have recently been in hospital
  • You think you might be experiencing an adverse effect from your medication
  • You are unsure how to take or use your medications
  • You are taking complementary or other medications you have bought from the pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop

If you would like to chat to Pene make an appointment with her by calling 9219 7142 or visit our Deer Park campus, 106 Station Road.

09/01/2019
Christmas tree with decorations and IPC Health sign

Have a safe and happy holiday season

IPC Health will close 1.00pm 24 December and re-open 8.30am 2 January 2020.

23/12/2019
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Knitted items for sale

Welcoming a baby in your family? Air conditioning too cold?
IPC Health’s ‘knitting group’ is a social get together for local women and they raise funds for medical equipment by selling their products. A wide range of items are for sale at our Deer Park campus, 106 Station Road, including baby clothes, scarfs, hats, blankets and tea cosies.

23/12/2019
Podiatrist inserting support sole in client's shoe

Do you need your feet checked?

Do you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander? Do you have sore feet?
A podiatrist will be visiting the “Elders Lounge” at IPC Health Wyndham Vale campus, 510 Ballan Road on 9 January 2020 (with further monthly dates).
For an appointment, email indigenous.health@ipchealth.com.au or call 9216 7777.
Adults and children welcome.

23/12/2019
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Learn to live well with diabetes

Do you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander? Do you have diabetes?
A diabetes nurse educator will be visiting the “Elders Lounge” at IPC Health Wyndham Vale campus, 510 Ballan Road on 9 January 2020 (with further monthly dates).
For an appointment, email indigenous.health@ipchealth.com.au or call 9216 7777.
Adults and children welcome.

23/12/2019

Heat Health Alert issued for Friday 20 December

Heat kills more Australians than any other natural disaster.
Make a plan on how you are going to stay cool on those very hot days and monitor local weather conditions.
Survive the heat

17/12/2019
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FREE Skinchecks at our Deer Park campus 

IPC Health is offering free skin checks for skin cancer and excisions as well as further management as required.
Book a double appointment with Dr Michael Oladiran or Dr Platon Vafiadis.
Call 9219 7142 or book online

16/12/2019
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Heatwave Health Croakey Go walk 

Please join us for a #CroakeyGO event at Sunshine, on Wednesday 11 December to explore how communities are responding to heatwaves and associated health risks. You can also pick up some tips on how to keep cool this summer. Everyone is welcome to join in person and or online – via twitter and the #HeatwaveHealth.

#CroakeyGO #HeatwaveHealth is a journalism ‘event’ whereby health journalists, community workers and community members walk around Sunshine engaging people in conversations about heatwave health.

Wednesday 11 December 2019, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm (Join-in at any time)
We will begin our walk at 2 Devonshire Road Sunshine (Courtyard behind Granary Cafe)

Register your attendance: http://bit.ly/CroakeyGo

9/12/2019
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We are now on Twitter

Follow us on twitter.com/IPCHealth_au and be part of the conversation

9/12/2019
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Annual Report & Quality Account 2018-2019 

IPC Health has published its Annual Report & Quality Account 2018 – 2019.

 

7/11/2019
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It’s time to take the time! World Diabetes Day 2019 

Join us on 14 November 2019 10am – 12pm for morning tea at our Deer Park campus, 106 Station Road.

Socialise and talk with others with similar experiences.
Learn more about how to manage diabetes.
Learn how to lower your risk of getting diabetes
Learn more about how IPC Health can help you.

Diabetes Nurse Educator, Nurses, Health Coaches and more on the day.

RSVP: 9219 7142 by 11 November.

31/10/2019
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You are invited to our Annual General Meeting! 

The IPC Health Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 6 November at 6:00pm at our Deer Park campus – 106 Station Road, Deer Park.

Come along and meet our staff and Board and find out about the way we are promoting and improving community health in the West.

31/10/2019
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FREE Life after Dieting program 

Topics include mindful eating, self esteem and body image.

Program starts Tuesday 15 October at our St Albans campus, 1 Andrea Street,  and runs every Tuesday from 10 am to 12 pm for 7 weeks.

Are you interested in a ‘non diet’ approach to achieving health at your current weight and in making changes that are healthy and enjoyable?

Call IPC Health on 9296 1200 and ask for Leanne or Michelle from the Living Well team.

01/10/2019
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Social Prescribing program highlighted

We are proud to see our Social Prescribing pilot project featured in North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) Primary Pulse Spring 2019 magazine, in the article Lost and Found.

We deliver the project in Brimbank.

You can read the article here.

30/09/2019

Free parenting program Tuning in to Kids

Tuning in to Kids is a six session parenting program for parents of children aged 3 to 12 years of age.  The program is supported by Hobsons Bay City Council and Communities That Care Hobsons Bay and is available to residents of Hobsons Bay.

The first program will run weekly from 22 July to 26 August 2019, from 10 am to 12pm at our Altona Meadows campus.

Bookings are essential: call 8368 3000 or email Client Services Altona Meadows

Childcare can be arranged if required.

04/07/2019
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Social Prescribing free service now available at Deer Park

From July 2019, Social Prescribing is a free service available through IPC Health in Deer Park. It is an integrated model of care that links clinical care and community services. It is an innovative way of improving health and well-being outcomes for the community. It complements traditional forms of medical and health care to help our clients who have social and well being needs that can’t be met by the health system.

01/07/2019
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Gambling Harm Awareness Ads launched

On Thursday 27 June, our Young Leaders of the West successfully launched their gambling harm awareness ads with a bang! Stayed tuned to view the ads soon.

Thanks to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and Brimbank City Council for their support on this project.

28/06/2019
Teachers and children at Acacia Kindergarten receiving Smiles for Miles certificate from IPC Health CEO Jayne Nelson

Acacia Children’s Centre St Albans gets Smiles 4 Miles Award  

This is now the third early childhood centre to be awarded with this certification with the assistance and guidance of IPC Health since starting in the program in 2018.

Smiles 4 Miles is an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) which aims to improve the oral health of children and their families in high risk areas across Victoria. The program is implemented locally by IPC Health, mostly in preschools.

28/06/2019
Parkwood Green Kindergarten teacher and students receiving Smiles for Miles certificate from IPC Health CEO Jayne Nelson

Smiles 4 Miles Award for TRY Parkwood Green Preschool

Staff and children at TRY Parkwood Green Preschool are all smiles after receiving their Smiles 4 Miles award.
Smiles 4 Miles is an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) which aims to improve the oral health of children and their families in high risk areas across Victoria. The program is implemented locally by IPC Health, mostly in preschools.

An additional 10 kindergartens have signed up with IPC Health to participate with Smiles 4 Miles this year, as well as a further 15 early childhood centres in Melbourne’s West which are already enrolled in the program.

24/05/2019
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Come along to our National Reconciliation Week Flag Raising event

To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, IPC Health is holding a Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday 27 May at 10 am at its Wyndham Vale GP Super Clinic, 510 Ballan Road, Wyndham Vale.

All community members are welcome to attend this special occasion of IPC Health’s very first flag raising ceremony, followed by a morning tea.

National Reconciliation Week

24/05/2019
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Free flu shots

Get your free flu vaccine from either our Deer Park or Wyndham Vale GP Clinics.

The flu isn’t like the common cold, it can hit quickly and last for weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends.

Bookings are essential.

Deer Park: 9219 7142
Wyndham Vale: 9216 7999

17/05/2019
Diabetes test, tool testing blood drop on finger

Diabetes clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Do you have diabetes? Learn to live well with diabetes.

A diabetes nurse educator will be visiting ‘The Elders Lounge’ at IPC Health’s Wyndham Vale campus, 510 Ballan Road, Wyndham Vale on:
Thursday 16 May 2019
Thursday 30 May 2019
Thursday 13 June 2019
Thursday 20 June 2019
Thursday 27 June 2019

For an appointment email: Danielle.millar@ipchealth.com.au or call: 0422320150.

Adults and children welcome.

14/05/2019
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Indigenous Diabetes Eye Screening 

The Indigenous Diabetes Eye and Screening Van (IDEAS van) will be visiting IPC Health’s Wyndham Vale campus on 15 May for the first time.
The IDEAS van is a mobile eye health clinic that screens, treats and helps prevent blindness due to diabetes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The Van will continue to visit every two months.

For more information, go to www.ideasvan.org

14/05/2019
Podiatrist inserting support sole in client's shoe

Podiatry Clinic for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

Do you have sore feet? Do you need your feet checked?
A podiatrist will be visiting ‘The Elders Lounge’ at IPC Health’s Wyndham Vale campus,  510 Ballan Road, Wyndham Vale on:
Wednesday 1 May 2019
Friday 17 May 2019
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Wednesday 19 June 2019
Wednesday 26 June 2019

For an appointment email: Danielle.millar@ipchealth.com.au or call: 0422320150.

Adults and children welcome.

11/04/2019
IPC Health Board member Sanela Osmic, Uncle Merv, Aunty Marlene, Uncle Gary and IPC Health CEO Jayne nelson holding up Reconciliation Action Plan booklets

Reconciliation Action Plan launch 

IPC Health has launched its Reconciliation Action Plan REFLECT, a strategic document that will support IPC Health to reflect, identify and drive our reconciliation contribution and journey. Our focus is on developing respectful relationships and creating meaningful opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within our organisation and in our community. But it is also about the bigger picture: a vision of solidarity and shared history for all Australians.

29/03/2019
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Filling the dental gap 

IPC Health, as a member of the Victorian Oral Health Alliance (VOHA), has welcomed the Grattan Institute report ‘Filling the dental gap: A universal dental scheme for Australia’.
Many people are locked out of affordable and timely dental care at the moment. The Grattan Institute recommends a gradual expansion, led and funded by the Commonwealth Government, with a greater focus on prevention, primary dental care and early intervention.

22/03/2019
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Social Prescribing coming soon 

Many things affect our health and well being and they can’t be fixed by medicine alone. Social Prescribing enables community organisations and local health services to work together to help people stay connected and supported.

From July 2019 Social Prescribing will be a free service available through IPC Health in Brimbank.

20/03/2019
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Christmas closure

We wish everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season.

We will close 4.00pm 21 December 2018 and re-open 8.30am 2 January 2019.

17/12/2018
Women holding up Dental Health Victoria awards 2018

We’re Winners!! Congratulations to our Dental team.

IPC Health along with Dental Health Services Victoria and DPV Health were awarded to 2018 Project of the Year Award at the Oral Health Awards.

The Silver Diamine Fluoride Project has shown great outcomes for children who struggle in the chair. The project was even highlighted as one of the biggest accomplishments of the year.

01/12/2018
Front page Annual Report & Quality Account 2017/2018

Annual Report and Quality Account 2017 / 2018

IPC Health has published its Annual Report and Quality Account 2017 / 2018.

07/11/2018

Stand with Community Health

IPC Health is participating in the Stand with Community Health campaign to shine a light on community health services in Victoria in the lead up to the State Election in November.

We want to prevent people going to emergency departments and reduce outpatient waitlists and support for community health to play a stronger role in an overburdened healthcare system.

Community members can show their support for the campaign by:

14/10/2018

Free and fast health check

IPC Health is participating in Stroke Week 2018 with free health checks at the following venues on Friday 7 September:

9 – 10am: Saltwater Community Centre, 153 Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook

11am – 12pm: Civic Centre, Conference Rm C & D, 45 Princes Hwy, Werribee

2 – 3pm: Manor Lakes Community Centre, 89 Manor Lakes Blvd, Wyndham Vale

Stroke can be a killer. Strokes kill more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer. And yet, more than 80% of strokes are preventable. We can help identify if you are at risk, and help you avoid stroke.

5 minutes with us could save your life.

28/08/2018
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Give us your feedback

IPC Health have installed a new customer feedback system at all our sites.

We are asking clients to take a moment after their visit, to fill in the short customer feedback survey on our new tablets in our waiting rooms.

The feedback we receive will help us to continually improve our service.

06/08/2018

Request for Proposal External Audit Services 

We are inviting interested parties to enter into a tender process with a view to awarding IPC Health’s External Audit Services.

IPC Health Tenders

10/07/2018

NAIDOC Week 2018

We acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018

09/07/2018
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Bulk billed child dental care now also at our Altona Meadows campus

The Commonwealth Child Dental Benefit service allows for basic dental treatment over a 2 year period for eligible 2-17 year olds (if they receive Family Tax Benefit A or other relevant Australian Government payments) and is now available at our Altona Meadows and St Albans dental clinics.

IPC Health oral health / dental services

09/07/2018

Free flu vaccinations now at our Deer Park and Wyndham Vale GP Clinics.

For Deer Park appointments, call 9219 7142 or book online

For Wyndham Vale appointments, call 9216 7999 or book online

28/04/2018
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Monday night doctor’s appointments now available for our Wyndham Vale Super Clinic GP service

Bulk Billing

You can book online or call 9216 7999.

16/04/2018

Did you know your child’s dental care can be bulk billed?

The Commonwealth Child Dental Benefit service allows for basic dental treatment over a 2 year period for eligible 2-17 year olds (if they receive Family Tax Benefit A or other relevant Australian Government payments) and is now available at our St Albans dental clinic.

26/03/2018

Family Fun Open Day

We are holding an Open Day on Saturday 24 February 2018 between 10am and 2pm at our Wyndham Vale GP Super Clinic – 510 Ballan Road Wyndham Vale.

New patients are always welcome.  Come along and meet our Doctors and other health support staff. There will be free mini health checks at the Open Day.

There will also be free family fun and entertainment, including a jumping castle, face painting, a balloon artist, a photo booth and a Country Fire Authority truck. A sausage sizzle and coffee cart will be available so people can purchase a bite to eat or drink at the event.

There will also be opportunities to discover healthy living activities with martial arts demonstrations and try outs and a yoga class and tai chi class taking place on the day.

12/02/2018

We are currently seeking new company members to join our organisation, especially from the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay areas.

Are you interested in health care and want to contribute to the wellbeing of your community? Do you want to have a voice and influence decision making within the organisation?

Why not apply to become a company member?

23/01/2018

Survive the heat this summer. Extreme heat can affect anybody. Those most at risk are older people, young children and people with a medical condition. We encourage you, your family and friends to subscribe to receive heat health alerts, this can help to keep Victorians safe this summer.

Survive the heat this summer with these five simple tips:

  • Drink more water
  • Never leave anyone in a car
  • Stay somewhere cool
  • Plan ahead
  • Check in on others
02/01/2018

IPC Health’s General Practitioners across Deer Park, Wyndham Vale and Hoppers Crossing are now registered for the Closing the Gap scheme. This means we can now offer reduced pharmaceutical costs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

06/12/2017

The Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, Minister for Health visited IPC Health’s Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies program today. Because of the success of the program that provides mums with the support they need to give their babies the best possible start to life, the Minister announced that the program will be expanded in rural and regional Victoria.

21/11/2017

At the Annual General Meeting on 1 November 2017, IPC Health’s Annual Report / Quality Account 2016/2017 got presented and adopted.

02/11/2017

We have new (solar powered) signage at our campuses so clients can locate us easier.

More information on referral / intake

2/11/2017

Grass pollen season (October through December) brings a seasonal increase in asthma and hay fever and also the chance of epidemic thunderstorm asthma.

Be as prepared as you can be with this public information and education campaign from the Department of Health should another epidemic thunderstorm asthma event occur again.

01/11/2017

Health literacy is a safety and quality issue in healthcare and IPC Health is very proud to have developed the Health Literacy Guide, which we are pleased to share with you.

17/09/2017

We support marriage equality

Victorian Community Health Sector Joint Statement of Support

04/09/2017

We have recently completed our first draft Reconciliation Action Plan and we would like to hear your opinion about it. You can send your feedback to our Chief Strategy, Business Development and Communications at Jayne.Nelson@ipchealth.com.au

IPC Health Reconciliation Action Plan 2017 (draft)

23/07/2017