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Huge news: Our revolutionary kidz space centre goes to tender

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HUGE NEWS: Bendigo Community Health Services staff Anne-Marie Kelly, Bronwyn Moore and Natalia Smith check out the plans for the new BCHS kidz space centre with Simon Bedson from CBA Building Designers.


The multi-million dollar Bendigo Community Health Services kidz space centre at Kangaroo Flat has gone to tender.

BCHS CEO Kim Sykes said kidz space would use a $2.6 million State Government grant to centralise all the organisation’s children’s services in one centre in a first for regional Australia.

The Department of Health and Human Services has been a major supporter of kidz space.

“Kidz space will cater for the health and wellbeing needs of all Bendigo children and families,” Ms Sykes said.

“There is a growing need to wrap services around children and families that are most vulnerable in our community and kidz space is being designed with that in mind.”

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BCHS supports Heathcote Community Games


Bendigo Community Health Services has jumped on board as a sponsor of the Heathcote Community Games.

The Games will officially open at 7pm on February 19 and continue through until February 28 with a host of activities including a history hunt, fun run, skateboard demonstrations, pool and parma night, sports clinics, Frisbee competitions, movies in the park, fun and games.

BCHS will offer free health and wellbeing advice in the Golden Oldies zone in the Senior Citizens Hall between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, February 27.

Visit our health station, grab an apple, learn more about bowel cancer prevention and detection and you could win a Champions IGA voucher!

To see the official Heathcote Community Games program click on the link below

Heathcote Games Program



Student placement ‘a life changing experience’


Bendigo Community Health Services offered placements to 126 students from last financial year.

Fourth year La Trobe University bachelor of paramedicine and bachelor of health promotion student GRACE BENNETT recalls her time with the organisation…

“I joined Bendigo Community Health Services in early 2014 as a volunteer with the Organisational Development team.

“As a volunteer I became familiar with the type and scope of the work undertaken by this team, and had the opportunity to work on a number of projects across the service.

“It was through volunteering that I began to develop my understanding of working in public health, and recognising the importance of the planning and evaluation for each project.

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Nutrition: The five most popular questions answered

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READY TO HELP: Bendigo Community Health Services health promotion worker Melissa Killen and community health nurse Heather Hinton answer questions on nutrition at Bendigo Marketplace.


Bendigo Community Health Services runs regular information stands at shopping centres around Bendigo to promote good nutrition and healthy living.

Here’s the five most common questions asked of staff by the general public and the answers.

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New bus stop for Bendigo Community Health site at Kangaroo Flat

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HAPPY DAYS: Bendigo Community Health Services client services officer Bree Reale, podiatrist Emily Gallagher and GP Gary Bourke celebrate the new Route 55 bus stop outside the Kangaroo Flat site.


Bendigo Community Health Services is celebrating the return of a bus stop outside the Helm Street site.

The Route 55 bus started stopping outside our 13 Helm Street site from Sunday.

The return of the bus stop means BCHS clients can catch bus 55 from the Bendigo Railway Station, Bendigo central business district, Golden Square, Kangaroo Flat or Lansell Square shopping centre to the front door of our Helm Street site.

Bus 55 runs a continuous circuit from the Bendigo railway station, Mitchell Street, View Street, Barnard Street, Chum Street, Specimen Hill Road, MacKenzie Street West, Symonds Street, Aspinall Street, Browning Street, Olympic Parade, Helm Street (BCHS stop), Waugh Street, Thomas Street, Wesley Street, Duke Street, Queen Street, Crusoe Road, Furness Street and High Street to Lansell Square.

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Living Safer Sexual Lives program promotes respect in relationships

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Bendigo Community Health Services will present the Living Safer Sexual Lives: Respect Relationships program in 2016.

The program is designed to help people with a disability recognise the need for respect, fairness, safety and rights in a relationship.

The four two-hour sessions spread over four weeks are designed to get participants talking about knowing what is good and bad in a relationship, feelings, rights, respect, sexual health and learning who to talk to about relationship or sexual issues.

Each session involves activities to help people talk about the topics, a short video and presentations by educators and facilitators.

Participants receive an information booklet as part of the program.

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Project continues bowel cancer fight

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PROJECT WORKER: Sarah Tarquinio.


New Bendigo Community Health Services project worker Sarah Tarquinio is taking up the fight against bowel cancer.

Sarah is building community engagement for phase two of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Project to increase bowel cancer screening and early detection in the City of Greater Bendigo and Loddon regions.

BCHS is running the Department of Health and Human Services funded project in partnership with Murray Primary Health Network and Bendigo Health.

“Bowel cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia but 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if found early,” Sarah said.

“Screening is essential for detecting bowel cancer early, and it is recommended that those aged between 50 and 74 are screened every two years.

“The National Bowel Cancer Screening Project is rolling out the provision of free bowel cancer screening to all eligible people. By 2020, those aged between 50 and 74 will be sent a free bowel screening kit every two years to complete in their own home.  Only 36% of eligible Australians participated in the NBCSP in 2013-2014.”

BCHS will focus on community engagement and health education for people over the age of 50, with a focus on previously identified under-screened groups such as men, cultural groups, vulnerable communities and people with a disability.

“The project will also focus on provision of information and training for health and community professionals,” Sarah said.

Sarah is based at the BCHS Eaglehawk site.

BCHS closed for Australia Day public holiday


Bendigo Community Health Services will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday on Tuesday.

Our Bendigo central, Kangaroo Flat and Eaglehawk sites will reopen as normal on Wednesday.

BCHS hopes you have a happy and safe public holiday.

Should you need emergency assistance please call 000.

If you are in need of a doctor or nurse on Wednesday please contact Bendigo Primary Care Clinic at 123 Arnold Street, Bendigo, on 5441 8622.

Heat health alert issued for Tuesday: What you should know!


Victoria’s chief health officer has issued a statewide heat health alert for Tuesday, January 19.

A heat health alert is issued when extreme heat conditions are forecast.

People are urged to consider a heat health action plan.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are serious conditions occurring when the body’s temperature rises and the internal organs start to shut down. Symptoms of heat exhaustion range from muscle cramps, dizziness and nausea to vomiting and fainting.

The risk of heat stress is higher for young children as they sweat quicker than adults and are less likely to be able to tell you they are dehydrated.

There are simple things people can do to prevent their children from suffering dehydration, heat stress or worse.

Make sure they are drinking water rather than sport drinks or fruit juices and if you’re worried they might be dehydrated, ask them when they last went to the toilet. If it’s been a few hours then they’re not drinking enough. If it’s been over six hours then they are likely to be dehydrated.

Here is some general health information for extreme heat conditions.

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Campaign to have activity equivalent calorie labels on food and drink gains pace


A campaign by the Royal Society for Public Health in England to have ‘activity equivalent’ calorie labels placed on food and drink is gaining momentum.

The labels would explain how much activity is needed to ‘burn off’ the calories in the product.

RSPH chief executive Shirley Cramer CBE said nutritional information provided on food and drink packaging had improved but could work better to support the public in making healthy choices.

“Activity equivalent calorie labelling provides a simple means of making the calories contained within food and drink more relatable to people’s everyday lives, while also gently reminding consumers of the need to maintain active lifestyles and a healthy weight,” she said.

“Given the responsibility of the food industry in tackling the obesity epidemic we believe activity equivalent calorie labelling could provide the nudge many people need to be more active and support their customers to make healthier choices.”

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