Council Sends Condolences, Drop-in Counselling Service Extended

The Drop-in counselling service offered by Central Highlands Rural Health will remain open over the weekend to continue providing free mental health support for anyone impacted by the recent accident.  Counsellors will be available at 79a Raglan Street to help anyone directly or indirectly affected by the events including members of the Daylesford community and visitors to the town.

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Expanded Services for Local Pharmacies Available at Blooms the Chemist

Bloom’s the Chemist in Daylesford is participating in a 12-month trial aimed at making basic health care more accessible and affordable and reducing the load on General Practitioners. Available services include advice or treatment for women with uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) or a resupply of their existing contraceptive pill without needing a prescription and a broader public health vaccination offering, travel health consultations and treatment for mild skin conditions.

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Blooms and Rotary Contribute Community Defibrilators

Two new defibrillators have been installed in a community partnership by Blooms the Chemist and Daylesford Rotary. Blooms have placed one outside their entry on Vincent Street and Rotary’s Defibrillator has been placed outside the Daylesford Library. Each defibrillator is available 24/7.

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Healthy Daylesford – Caring for the Dementia Carers

The Dementia Carers Support Group which meets regularly in Daylesford has been an important and valuable resource for people who are caring for people with dementia. The group meets monthly to share information and strategies and to support one another. Next week is Dementia Action Week with an emphasis on making communities more dementia-friendly.

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Healthy Daylesford – Emerge Australia Supporting People with ME/CFS

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a complex and disabling disease that affects many parts of the body, including the brain and muscles, digestive, immune and cardiac systems. Emerge Australia is a support body which exists to support people living with ME/CFS, as well as their carers and health professionals.  

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New Daylesford Defibrillators Available 24/7

Council has installed Automated External Defibrillators at the Town Hall and the Library in Daylesford. These AEDs will be accessible at any time of the day or night.  More 24/7 accessible AED installations are planned for other parts of the Shire in coming months.

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Free Rapid Antigen Tests

Council has free rapid antigen tests (RATs) available for our community. Test kits are available from customer service teams at libraries and Council hubs.

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The Best Possible Health Services – Delivered Locally

Public health funding in Victoria is an obscure dance between funded health services and the funding body. There is no doubt that relatively more health funding goes to metropolitan centres and rural and remote Australians have greater difficulty with access to the health services that they need. Kate Redwood explains some of the complex decisions involved in operating the Central Highland Rural Health network.

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Healthy Daylesford: Preventing Bowel Cancer

In 2021, bowel cancer was the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in Victoria. The Jodi Lee Foundation is a national charity that raises awareness about bowel health and bowel cancer prevention. The Foundation is organising an awareness and fundraising event in Daylesford in October.

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