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Welcome to the first edition of the AccessHC Community Newsletter

The newsletter contains information on how you  can continue to access our  services. It also offers tips and tricks to stay healthy through the pandemic and stay connected with the community.

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Wearing a mask in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire  

As of midnight tonight (23 July 2020), you must wear a mask or facial covering when you leave your house. You can only leave your house for one of the following four reasons:  

  • Study or work – if you cannot work from home.  
  • Medical care and caregiving.  
  • Shopping for essentials.
  • Daily exercise.  

Wearing a face covering protects you and your community. If you don’t wear a mask or other face covering you may receive a $200 fine.  

Stay at home if you’re feeling ill, and remember our vital services are still available.  

Some of the reasons to not wear a mask are: 

  • If you suffer from a medical condition and wearing a mask isn’t practical. You may need a medical certificate saying this.  
  • When you’re at the dentist, or undergoing medical care that requires no face covering. 
  • If you are communicating with a deaf or hearing-impaired person. 
  • If covering your face at work would create an Occupational Health and Safety issue. 
  • If you’re eating, drinking or taking medicine. 
  • If you’re doing exercise that makes you puff, but you must put a mask back on as soon as you stop. 
  • When asked to by police. 
  • During emergencies. 
  • Children under 12 years of age.  

There are two types of mask suitable for use, surgical and cloth masks. Use this guide to make your own cloth mask. More information on wearing masks is available.  

If you don’t have or can’t make a mask or face covering please contact Access Health and Community and we will help you.   

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New service provider for mental health stepped care services in Melbourne’s outer-east

Access Health and Community are happy to announce that we will be partnering with Carrington Health, Inspiro Community Health and Oonah Belonging Place as the new service provider for Mental Health Stepped Care services in Melbourne’s Outer-East.

We will be offering a no cost service for people of all ages who are not able to afford or access similar services, and who live, work or study in Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges.

Services in our ‘Steps Mental Health’ program will include:

  • group and individual psychological therapy
  • suicide prevention services
  • care coordination
  • mental health nursing
  • dual diagnosis services
  • peer support.

The Steps program is funded by the Australian Government through the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network.

To make a referral to the service please call us on 1800 378 377 or 9810 3070, or visit our website www.stepsmentalhealth.org.au

Click here to read the press release.




Access Health and Community launches a Community Portfolio and expanded service suite.

On 9 July 2018 AccessHC and Camcare Inc merged. A new Community Portfolio has been created. This  incorporates all Camcare’s existing programs in their premises in Camberwell and Ashburton (for more about Camcare’s services click here: https://camcare.org.au/) and several programs offered by AccessHC, including Carer Support, the Men’s Shed in Doncaster and neighbourhood houses.

The new Community Portfolio is an exciting opportunity to respond to local community needs in Boroondara, Yarra and Manningham with a range of preventative or early intervention services focused on social connection, and emotional wellbeing. It strengthens our commitment to people experiencing social disadvantage or in need of extra support due to life transitions, disability or personal difficulties.

Already there has been growth in services with a new neighbourhood house, Trentwood at the Hub, opening in September in a state of the art building in Greythorn provided by the Boroondara City Council. This will give residents of North Balwyn access to a diverse suite of activities tailored to their interests. Click here to see more: https://www.trentwood.org.au/

Access Health and Community are coordinating the hub which also houses a range of allied health services for children and adults, maternal and child health, the local RSL, a library lounge, child care centre and occasional care program. Camcare staff are providing wellbeing support and parent education from the hub.

The hub offers an accessible locality model which enables collaboration between services on site to better meet the needs of the community.

AccessHC Supports Marriage Equality

AccessHC has joined with 23 other Victorian Community Health Services to release a joint statement in support of marriage equality.

View our Marriage Equality Statement

A bed called Lucy

Our Occupational Therapists (OTs) have been communicating with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and equipment suppliers regarding DHHS specifications for beds used in Disability Houses. They now have a bed named after one of our OTs.

View story: A bed called Lucy

Cooking ‘n Footy: Sam’s Story

Sam, a regular at the Hawthorn Community House, has an acquired brain injury and attends our Cooking Small, Eating Well (CSEW) program. CSEW is a practical cooking class where adults with disabilities and older people learn to prepare easy and nutritious meals.

View story: Cooking ‘n Footy: Sam’s Story


Ways of thinking, Ways of doing

AccessHC has been involved with the Ways of Thinking, Ways of Doing (WoTWoD) research project. We have been increasing the appropriateness of our services to people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island backgrounds.

View story: Ways of Thinking, Ways of Doing


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