Vale Fiona Richardson MP

Grampians Community Health is saddened after learning of the death yesterday of the Hon. Fiona Richardson MP.

Fiona Richardson was the Minister for Women and Family Violence in the current Victorian Labor Government and was a strong advocate of the services that Grampians Community Health (GCH) provided to people in our community.

Grampians Community Health Manager of Direct Care Programs Ms Kath Heading said that GCH were privileged to have hosted Fiona Richardson when she visited Grampians Community Health in August 2016 to tour our community health services in Stawell and to meet with the Homelessness and Family Violence Team.

“Her compassion and her commitment to addressing family violence and gender inequality across the Wimmera and Grampians regions was strongly evident. Grampians Community Health offers our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues” said Ms Heading.

Grampians Community Health supports total equality for the LGBTIQ community

Grampians Community Health is proud to be an accredited Rainbow tick organisation since 2012

We support and recognise the importance of safe and inclusive service delivery for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people in our community.

“As a leading health organisation in the region, we take very seriously our duty to support equality for all and provide support to some of the most marginalised groups in our community. “Said Gemma Beavis, chair of the Rainbow committee at GCH.

“We also understand that people in the GLBTIQ community are more likely to experience and be diagnosed with a mental health disorder and be susceptible to discrimination and exclusion in their community” Gemma went on to say.

Grampians Community Health has an established team of Rainbow Committee members who have knowledge of the issues faced by LGBTIQ Australians and are available to speak with for consultations at any time. Grampians Community Health prides itself on the support available for LGBTIQ Australians and provides access to social support groups across the district for young people under the age of 25.

To access any of the free and safe services offered by Grampians Community Health or to hear more about what is available in your area please contact the dedicated intake workers on 53587400 or call into our offices in Stawell, Ararat and Horsham.

The Equal Heart artwork was made by:

“Josh, Emily, Sarah, Norm and Georgia”

The artwork was made by weaving fabric through chicken wire creating a tapestry representing the LGBTI+ community.

The partnership between Grampians Community Health, Central Grampians Llen & Juno Vesta facilitated the project  in July 2017.

New Location for GCH Horsham

 We are excited about this move!

Grampians Community Health is one of 5 community health facilities in rural Victoria to receive funding for facility upgrades.  The grant will cover the cost of relocation of the Horsham site to a refurbished, pleasant and safe environment in a more accessible location. 

“It is a great place to go, we are really excited about this move” , “It helps achieve the long-held ideal of Horsham based health and community services providing a service hub at each end of the city.” Jill Miller CEO

 Read more here: Grampians Community Health relocation to create Horsham hub – The Wimmera Mail Times 7th July

Drug Drive Program

Grampians Community Health now offers a local Drug Drive Program.  People who have lost their licence due to drug driving offences are now able to complete a one day program in Horsham or Stawell.

The course aims to provide people with a better understanding of different drugs and their effects, and how to develop strategies to reduce the risks associated with drug use.  Participants will learn about the legalities of drug driving, and gain an understanding of the risks associated with drug impaired driving.  Course facilitators are experienced in adult learning principles, where participants are treated with respect and positive reinforcement used to encourage participation.

Grampians Community Health has provided Alcohol & Other Drug Services for over 28 years, and delivered the Drink Drive program for 22 years.  In 2014 we applied for accreditation with the Victorian Accredited Driver Education Programs to deliver the Drug Drive Program and assessments to residents across the Wimmera and Grampians regions.  Having this accreditation means improved access to the course for people in our local community.

The first Drug Drive program will be offered in Horsham next Wednesday the 18th March.

For more information about the program please contact Thea or David at Grampians Community Health (03) 5362 1200

Autumn Forum

The Green Initiative of GCH forum featured in May

  • Fruit tree pruning with Al
  • Bruce Hordern from ‘Sustainable Regional Australia’ discussed energy efficiency
  • Vegie seedlings were swapped

The next forum is on August 22nd (3-5pm).

Grampians Community Health hosts ‘Bridges Out Of Poverty’ Workshop

Bridges Out of Poverty is an approach that helps employers, community organisations, social-service agencies, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way.

A two-day workshop was held at our Stawell site. It was attended by several people from six agencies, including Northern Grampians Early Learning.