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Extra diabetes support now in Ballan

Monday, 25 March 2019

Anne Harvey; Bush walker. Gardener. Diabetes Educator at BDHC 

Anne Harvey recently joined the team at Ballan District Health & Care to support community members living with diabetes and help them stay up-to-date with the latest information. According to Diabetes Australia, every year tens of thousands of Australians are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It’s certainly a life change but Anne will help you every step of the way.

“My role here is to assist with your annual cycle of care and keep you informed of the most up-to-date diabetes medication, technology and treatments – things are changing all the time” says Anne.

With appointments available every Thursday, Anne is a credentialed diabetes educator and has been for the last 10 years. Anne encourages people to speak to her about the latest opportunities to improve your experience with diabetes.

“I’m particularly passionate about educating the newly diagnosed on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, including their day-to-day management, discussing healthy eating and physical activity, how to prevent the complications of diabetes – as well as looking after your eyes, feet and kidneys.”

“Each person is going to be at a different stage where different information will be beneficial. No matter where you are at – whether diabetes is new for you or if you have been living with diabetes for years – come and have chat and see how we can improve your experience.”

To book a chat with Anne about your diabetes, please call 5366 7999.

Ballan Autumn Festival 2019

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Enchanted Forest 🌳 Super proud of our Residents at this year’s Ballan Autumn Festival. Our team also provided the community with free diabetes risk assessments and information about the health and wellbeing services offered right here in Ballan.

Reflecting on International Women’s Day

Thursday, 8 March 2019

“For me, today is about all people coming together and having the freedom to speak up for equality” says Bronwyn Walker, Director of Clinical Services at Ballan District Health & Care.

Bronwyn sees International Women’s Day as an important reminder that as a society we must always ask ‘why’ and not settle for the way things are now… especially when it comes to equality.

“All of us – men, women, binary, non-gender specific – we all deserve equal opportunity in all areas of life, including education, jobs and professional development – so let’s work towards that together. Look how far we have progressed on women’s rights as a collective but we do have a way to go…”

Prior to a tree change, Bronwyn was a Registered Nurse in Melbourne for 17 years, working extensively in orthopaedic and neurosurgical areas.

During this time, Bronwyn raised a daughter and was determined to be inspired by the strong women in her life and ensure her daughter was empowered to do whatever she wanted to do… and not be limited by existing stereotypes.

“I’m specifically proud of my daughter on a day like today – for progressing with a career in a currently male dominated industry. Yes, there are challenges with unspoken biases but it is what she wants to do so that is what she is doing. Hopefully this paves the path for others too.”

Bronwyn says another important aspect of equality is looking at the state of family violence… again searching for the ‘why’ and creating opportunities for solutions.

“Ballan District Health & Care is proudly part of the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Initiative which has involved reviewing all policies and procedures and building relationships with family violence services.”

“We need to reflect on our society and challenge gender stereotypes whenever we see a lack of equality. International Women’s Day gives us another opportunity to do this and I encourage you to reflect on where you see gender inequality.”

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. www.internationalwomensday.com

Two Registrars in Ballan

Monday, 4 March 2019

Exciting news – our team is growing!

We would like to introduce our two new Registrars to you… Dr Min Kim and Dr Simone Stanton-Castillo. Both Dr Kim & Dr Stanton have come to Ballan with a wealth of knowledge, skill and enthusiasm to providing the best possible services to our community and they look forward to meeting you.

We welcome Dr Min Kim to the Ballan District Health & Care family. After graduating from Melbourne University, Dr Kim worked in various hospitals around Victoria, and has decided to settle with us for the next year. Dr Kim’s special interest is in Paediatrics and Aged Care. When not working tirelessly, you can find Dr Kim singing, playing guitar and listening to music – we think he will fit perfectly into ‘Artistic Ballan’.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr Simone Stanton-Castillo. Dr Stanton comes to us having worked with Western Health (Footscray, Sunshine, Williamstown and the Royal Women’s Hospitals) and started GP training in 2017 in Woodend. Dr Stanton’s main interests are in Women’s Health, Paediatrics, Mental Health and Minor Surgery. On her days off Dr Stanton enjoys cooking, dancing and spending time with her two beautiful children.

For more information about our GP Clinic, please click here.