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Local mental health support launched

16 March 2022
The first phase of the Mallee Track Health and Community Service (MTHCS) Mental Health and Wellbeing Service is in place following the appointment of two Rural Outreach Workers (ROWs) based in Ouyen and Sea Lake. Renae Bonica and Natarsha Hickey have been appointed to the roles and will travel throughout the catchment.
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Community Update

10 March 2022
Water program to make a splash. Are you and your child interested in gaining confidence in the water? MTHCS Infant Water Program aims to concentrate on water familiarisation, water safety education and an introduction to basic swimming skills. If this is something you are interested in, please call Allied Health team on 50921111 or text 0409483132 and provide your name and email to go on our email list!
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Community Update

3 March 2022
COVID-Normal. There has been more easing of restrictions in a number of areas and these are further welcome steps towards “COVID Normal” – a relief, but in reality, COVID-Normal is less about rules and more about putting the on us back on us, as community members. Our experience over the past two years has demonstrated that our Mallee communities do the right thing and, in COVID-Normal.
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Community Update

24 February 2022
Visits to Aged Care. If you are visiting a resident in Aged Care, you may be asked to take a RAT test before you enter. We are ramping up testing for visitors as a precautionary measure. We are doing all we can to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposures to our vulnerable residents, such as wearing N95 masks and having visits outdoors wherever possible.
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Community Update

17 February 2022
From the kitchen. Our MTHCS kitchen teams in Ouyen and Sea Lake have been busy introducing a new approach that will give residents on special dietary requirement a better food experience. Food moulds (pictured below) are the latest in many improvements we’ve put in place over the past two years after a dietary review of our menus.
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Community Update

10 February 2022
MTHCS receives carers funding. We are excited to announce that MTHCS will receive $19,200 in funding, which will go towards helping unpaid carers receive additional respite, employment and training opportunities, supporting their vital roles of caring for vulnerable loved ones during the pandemic.
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Community Update

3 February 2022
Welcome Back to Early Years! We are all getting into the rhythm of new routines and processes at our MTHCS Early Years sites. They are always a hive of activity, and getting back to school and early years has been even busier than ever this year, with new systems and processes to manage COVID-19 risk.
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Visiting Returns to Ouyen Aged Care and Pattinson House

27 January 2022
A TEMPORARY hold on visitors at Mallee Track Health and Community Service (MTHCS) Ouyen facilities, has been lifted. Visits were suspended at Ouyen Aged Care and Pattinson House late last week due to a COVID-19 exposure, but both facilities reopened for visitors on Monday (January 24) 2022 under strict protocols, including a requirement for visitors to phone ahead.
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Community Update

27 January 2022
Kids showing the way. We're happy to see so many families booking in for children's COVID-19 vaccination. Although children and young people are less likely to develop severe symptoms, some do get very unwell. Vaccination can protect kids and help prevent them transmitting the virus to family members, particularly older family members.
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Local Mental Health Strategy takes shape

24 January 2022
A local team to provide long-term mental health support for communities will be complete when Mallee Track Health and Community Service (MTHCS) recruits a Mental Health Clinician in the coming weeks. The Mental Health Clinician will work across the MTHCS catchment and within the Ouyen, Murrayville and Manangatang P12 colleges.
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