Bellarine Community Health is dedicated to providing professional, responsive and client-centred NDIS services. Bellarine Community Health is ideally positioned to provide community based services with an in-depth knowledge of local services and supports.
We provide a range of services for children, youth and adults including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, continence support, Podiatry, Nutrition and Dietetics, counselling and family support. We also have numerous recreational group based activities and exercise programs.
Other mainstream services that may compliment your NDIS plan and provide further support to achieve your goals include a Diabetes Nurse Educator and Cardiac Rehabilitation .
Our children’s therapy services include Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Podiatry and paediatric Dietitian. Our professional Child Health & Development staff work in multidisciplinary teams.
Bellarine Community Health also offers Service Coordination for NDIS participants and their families.
A Support Coordinator can work creatively and resourcefully to ensure clients make the most of their support budgets from the NDIS.
This service includes assistance with implementing client plans, coordinating services, maximising value for money and assisting clients manage and control supports to achieve their goals.
Our thoughtful Occupational Therapists support the development of social and practical skills in managing day to day activities that assist children to grow, think, learn and play. We aim to provide fun activities and build your child’s confidence in everything we offer. We see children with a range of concerns and their families in settings that best suits the family such as: home, school, preschool or the community. We will work with you and other professionals to develop a plan that meets the goals and priorities you identify for your child.
We can assist in areas that build skills in:
- Self care (dressing, eating, bathing, toileting, feeding, sleep routines)
- Fine motor and thinking (drawing, cutting, handwriting, concentration, attention to task)
- Play and social skills (taking turns, making friends, talking to others, sharing, reading and recognising emotion)
- Sensory regulation and ideas
- Behaviour management and building self esteem
Our experienced Occupational Therapists also works with adults to enable participation in daily activities that are meaningful and purposeful. We work with a goal-centred approach as identified by you.
We have extensive experience in working with clients with neurological conditions, amputations, intellectual disability and spinal cord injury.
Our Occupational Therapists are embedded in the local community and work with you to increase your capacity for independence. Areas of focus may include self care, community access, assistive technology, home modifications and carer training.
Our experienced physiotherapist can work with your child and the family to assist them towards achieving their goals in their NDIS plan.
The emphasis is on getting the most out of participation within the child’s home and community environment.
Any form of motor delay, no matter what the cause or diagnosis, can be helped so that your child will reach their potential.
Thorough assessment, knowledge of equipment and an emphasis on integrating activity into the child’s daily routine will ensure that the help and support is worthwhile and manageable for the family. We can help make the most of your child’s ability to enjoy and participate in the activities they want to.
Our experienced Physiotherapy team also works with youth and adults to achieve mobility goals. Our emphasis is on maximising participation within your home and local community by focussing on safety and independence.
We work with people of all abilities and have experience in neurological conditions. We can provide home exercise programs, carer training, assistance with setting up hydrotherapy/water-based programs as well as centre-based exercise groups.
Our experienced, welcoming speech pathologists are part of our child development team who see children of all ages.
Our speech pathologists aim to improve your child’s communication skills so they can reach their greatest potential in different settings and with different people.
We offer support in:
- Understanding and using language
- Speech (pronunciation)
- Social communication & social skills (e.g. making friends, social interactions)
- Fluency (stuttering)
- Literacy (reading and writing)
- Swallowing/eating or drinking (e.g. fussy eaters, limited food choices, difficulty eating)
We see children individually and in small groups, in community or home settings. We encourage growth by offering children fun activities that are centred on their individual interests and strengths. We work as a team with you, your family and other therapists to ensure that your concerns for your child’s development are addressed.
Counselling And Family Support
We welcome families to attend services with the NDIS participant as we recognise that the role families play is very important.
We offer counselling support to family members that may be finding the process difficult. We can offer individual or family therapy including CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, anger management and other psychological focused strategies.
As participants go through life stage changes from childhood to adolescents, puberty and young adulthood, participants can find the process confusing and strange. Our dedicated team can work with participants through education and social skill building.
Nutrition And Dietetics
We see children of all ages and their families. We work with you to; overcome eating behaviours, assist to understand children’s developmental readiness and share information on specific dietary nutrient needs.
Examples may include:
- Assist with children who have restricted variety due to food preferences or aversions
- Support families to establish a division of responsibility for feeding
- Instil confidence in parents by supporting them to understand normal eating and feeding behaviour
- Provide ideas for overcoming oral motor problems in children: physical difficulty with co-ordinating the lips, tongue or pharynx that may lead to oral control and swallowing of food and fluid
- Facilitate modelling and creating positive social settings for meals
- Work with families to correct nutritional imbalances that may result in constipation, slow growth, iron deficiency
- Create more variety for children with allergies and intolerances
Our Dietitians also work with youth and adults to overcome eating behaviours, share information on specific dietary nutrient needs and provide guidance on weight management from a a dietary perspective.
Our Dietitians will work with you and your goals to achieve a healthy diet that is sustainable and flexible. They can help you understand how your body works, improve your relationship with food and your body, or help you work with medical conditions such as allergies and intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome or diabetes.
Dietitians give advice that is specific to your life and will support you to make changes to your eating.
Our friendly and supportive Planned Activity Group staff aim to provide a safe and social environment for people within our community to come together and participate in a variety of fun and engaging activities.
We have multiple groups in various locations across the Bellarine Peninsula. The different groups are suited to different needs and transport to and from the group can be provided for eligable clients.
Group activities include centre-based and community-based options and include a meal in most instances.