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Welcome to Access Health and Community 

Monday 22 July, 2016

We’re changing our name.

From the week commencing 25 July 2016, Inner East Community Health and Manningham Community Health will be known as Access Health and Community.

Our new brand combines and embodies the quality of care we provide at all of our sites across Boroondara, Yarra and Manningham. The rebrand now means that we can provide a much more extensive range of services and have more experts than ever to attend to your needs.

Together with the community we strive to deliver an excellent service for all, we believe that all people should have ACCESS to a comprehensive HEALTH service, difficulty or inability to pay will not be a barrier to receiving a service. The COMMUNITY is at the core of our business, without the support of volunteers we wouldn’t be able to promote social activities throughout the area, which we believe are fundamental to having a healthy community.

Our brand has changed but we will still be operating at the same sites:

Ashburton | Box Hill | Doncaster | Doncaster Men’s Shed | Hawthorn | Hawthorn Community House | Hawthorn Occasional Childcare | Templestowe | Richmond.


For any enquiries please contact:

Ruth Charters

Communications Manager


Access Health and Community Head Office

283 Church Street

Richmond VIC 3121

T: (03) 9429 1811

E: communication@accesshc.org.ag

W: accesshc.org.au

Family Play Kits

A Fun Filled Kit For You And Your Family

The Family Play Kits include simple ideas and equipment for families to play and interact together in a way which is fun and educational. The activities within the kit encourage families to engage in enjoyable eating and movement and promotes family play time, which is an important component in building mental well-being in children.

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Free Information Session for Parents

A series of information sessions for parents is being held:Child and Family

Session 1 – Toddler Speech and Language: 9 February 2016 6.00 pm-7.30 pm

Session 2 – How Can I Get My Child to Eat?: 1 March 2016 6.00 pm-7.30 pm

Session 3 – General Toddler Development: 4 May 2016 1.30 pm-3.00 pm

Session 4 – Everyday Parenting: (2 sessions): 18 and 25 May 2016 1.00 pm – 3.00pm

Click here for further information


Parent – Child Mother Goose program

A group for parents and young children (0-2 years) to come together and enjoy songs, rhymes and stores. Benefits include increased bonding between parent and child, improved language and communication skills and increased confidence.

This free program is provided from our site at 44 Balmoral Avenue, Templestowe every Tuesday in terms 1, 2 and 3.

Click here for a copy of our flyer

mother goose

Mindfulness Meditation

An eight week group program that prmindfulness stonesovides an opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness meditation in a caring and supportive atmosphere. This group is for any person who has experienced depression or chronic unhappiness.

Program will be provided at Manningham City Square on Monday evenings commencing 22 February 2016.

Cost is $110.00

Click here for a copy of our flyer.
For enquiries and bookings please contact Manningham Community Health Service on 8841 3000

Inner East and Manningham Community Health Merge


Inner East Community Health and Manningham Community Health Services are pleased to announce they will be merging on 14 December 2015.

All services and activities and sites will continue to operate and our clients can look forward to new services being available in the future.

A new brand will be coming shortly, but in the meantime the names of both Inner East Community Health and Manningham Community Health Services will continue. The merger will increase our capacity to develop new services and help us become an excellent primary health service into the future.

“We are committed to improving health outcomes for our clients and will continue to offer effective and accessible healthcare,” said Harry Majewski, CEO of Inner East Community Health.

More details about the outcomes of the merge will be shared with our clients and the community as this exciting project develops.


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Manningham Community Health Service program wins VHA award

Members Choice Winner email signatureManningham Community Health Service was delighted to win the People’s Choice Award at the recent Victorian Healthcare Association (VHA) conference for their Biggest Winner health program.

Manningham Community Health Service CEO Jenny Jackson explains that the innovative program was developed in response to increasing rates of obesity and eating disorders, as well as concerns about body image in the local community.

Manningham Community Health Services was commended for responding to these challenging issues in a positive way that benefits people’s physical and mental health.

“The Biggest Winner program focuses on wellbeing rather than on weight loss,” said Jenny. “Dieting is not the path to a healthy weight. A person’s capacity for weight lossis determined by a number of factors including their stress levels, genes, social situation and medications.”

Evidence shows long-term dieting is unsustainable and can have detrimental effects, resulting in poorer health, which drove the weight-inclusive approach of this initiative “It embraces the principles of health at every size, removes the stigma related to body size and recognises that the path to good health is different for each individual ,” said Jenny.

“Simply advising someone to lose weight is not an effective solution.  A supportive approach that is customised to individuals is definitely required.”

VHA CEO, Tom Symondson congratulated Manningham Community Health Service for delivering a program with positive client outcomes and the potential to be extended throughout the sector.

“Two key criteria of the VHA annual awards include strong evidence of the positive impact a health program has had on patient outcomes and its ability to be adopted by other health services so that more people might access its benefits,” said Tom. “The Biggest Winner Project at Manningham Community Health proved to meet both of these criteria convincingly and their peers agree. I congratulate Manningham Community Health on the success of its program and commend them for sharing it with the health community.”

Hundreds of people were helped by the program that almost doubled referrals to Manningham Community Health Service dietetics service.

The Biggest Winner program continues at Manningham Community Health Service.

Mindfulness Meditation For People Affected By Cancer

mindfulness stonesA four week group program that provides an opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness meditation in a caring and supportive atmosphere. This group is for any person affected by cancer, whether as a patient or carer.

Program will be provided at Warrandyte Neighbourhood House on Monday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th November.

Cost is $60.

For enquiries and bookings please contact Manningham Community Health Service on 8841 3000 or Warrandyte Neighbourhood House on 9844 1839.

Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation Grants

Manningham Community Health Service is pleased to have been awarded two grants through the 2015 Bendigo Bank Doncaster East/Templestowe Village Branches Community Enterprise Foundation Grants.

On the move… 2015-06-18 vehicle grant certificate

Manningham Community Health Serivce will purchase a new vehicle for our fleet which will enable staff to provide home visits to clients that are unable to attend our clinic and also transport clients to our various social and physical activity groups.




…the wheels on the bus go round and round….2015-06-18 bus grant certificate

In addition, the bus grant will allow Manningham Community Health Service to continue providing transport services in our bus to residents of Manningham enabling them to attend various groups.


Congratulations Helen Jurcevic

order_of_australia_medalStaff and Directors at Manningham Community Health Service extend congratulations to our valued friend Helen Jurcevic, president of the Women’s Friendship Group on being awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Helen has worked tirelessly for many years assisting seniors and migrants in Manningham and it is wonderful to see her effort recognised and rewarded.

Manningham Community Health Service has received donations from the Women’s Friendship craft group that supplies woollen blankets, beanies and the like during winter for our clients.