Benalla Health has a number of support and specialised groups, including:


Diabetes Information and Support Group

The Diabetes Information and Support Group was initiated by local community members and welcomes family and friends of people with diabetes.

People with Diabetes are encouraged and recommended to see their GP, Diabetes Educator and the Dietitian to assist with managing their Diabetes well.

The Diabetes Information and Support Group encourages the sharing of ideas and supporting one another.

This group offers strategies to assist each participant to adjust their lifestyle, therefore allowing each to confidently manage their diabetes.

This is an interactive group that community members. The group meets every three (3) months in the form of a Diabetes information session.

WHEN AND WHERE?

The Diabetes Information and Support Group meet at Community Health.

Newcomers are welcome and encouraged to become actively involved in the group.

  • 11am to 2pm
  • (Session fees cover a two course lunch)
  • To register call Benalla Community Health: 5761 4500

Arthritis Support Group

An Arthritis Support Group is an opportunity to get to know other people living with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions and share similar experiences, learn from each other, discuss services, learn about new services, and advocate for people living with arthritis. The aim of the Arthritis Support Group is to provide support and to share information on managing arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions in a friendly group setting.

What could I get out of the Arthritis Support Group?

Many people living with arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders report that a support group provides a wonderful opportunity to talk with people who understand. Getting together can also help members feel valued, stronger and improve self-esteem.

Members talking together can share lots of helpful information and tips for coping.  This, as well as what is learned from group leader and guest speakers, can be of practical help. Some members find that by working together they can even improve local services.

Guest speakers include: 

  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Massage therapist
  • Aged care assessment team
  • Peer leaders
  • Dietitian
  • Home Care support agencies

When does the group meet?

The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 11am to 1pm at Benalla Community Care Ray Sweeney Centre, 45 Coster Street, Benalla. Phone (03) 5761 4500If you are able to, please bring a plate of finger food to share for lunch - or a gold coin donation.

For more information about living with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, please call MOVE National Help Line 1800 263 265.The group is supported by Benalla Health and Benalla YMCA, and is affiliated with Arthritis Victoria.


Benalla Carers' Support Group

A carers' support group is an opportunity to get to know other carers, share similar experiences, learn from each other, discuss services, learn about new services and feel part of the caring community. Seminars, workshops and speakers can be organised of carers wish.

The Benalla Carers' Support Group is an informal and friendly group of people who care for partners, relatives, friends and neighbours needing help because they are frail or disabled.

Many carers report that a support group provides a wonderful opportunity to talk with people who understand. Getting together can also help carers feel valued, stronger and improve self esteem.

Carers talking together can share lots of helpful information tips for coping.  This, as well as what is learned from group leaders and guest speakers, can be of practical help. Some carers find that by working together they can even improve local services.

Guest speakers include:

  • Solicitor
  • Pharmacist
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Funeral Director
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Physiotherapist
  • Garden Nurseries
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Aged care Assessment Team
  • Financial Planners
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Carers Respite Information Service
  • Lifting & Back Care Specialist Nurse
  • Home Security & personal Alarm Companies
  • Dietitian
  • Home Care Support Agencies
     

The Benalla Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 2.30pm to 4pm at Benalla Community Care, Ray Sweeney Centre, 45 Coster Street, Benalla. Phone (03) 5761 4500. ?Please bring a plate of food to share or a gold coin donation for afternoon tea.


Parkinson's Support Group

Why join a Parkinson’s Support Group?

There are many benefits that come from joining a support group and getting together with friends to experience peer support in a friendly, relaxed environment.

  • Besides helping you realise you are not alone, a support group gives you a chance to share your feelings, and hear the experience of others.
  • Support groups encourage the growth of knowledge and by knowing more about Parkinson’s (through the experience of others, and through professional resources) you discover new ways of dealing with your own symptoms and challenges.
  • Support groups acknowledge individuality while encouraging unity and a sense of “being in this together”.
  • There is the opportunity to talk with others about how they cope with challenging situations.
  • In addition, support groups provide a unique environment to be understood by others in similar circumstances and help you renew your sense of hope in dealing with changes to your lifestyle.
  • Support groups give you a chance to make new friends and break down feelings of isolation. 

Living with Parkinson’s or caring for someone with Parkinson’s is full of challenges. You don’t have to feel alone. The Benalla Parkinson’s Support Group offers members a chance to meet and talk with others who share similar experiences, situations and problems. Monthly meetings are informal and friendly, and new members are always welcome. Carers and friends are also welcome to join us for a cuppa and a chat.

What to expect when you attend a Benalla Parkinson's Support Group:

Meetings typically involve:

  • Group discussions
  • Sharing experiences and practical tips and advice on living with Parkinson’s
  • Learning about Parkinson’s, its challenges and treatment
  • Information and education sessions
  • Visits from the Client Services Team of Parkinson’s Victoria.
  • Social activities and day trips.

Guest speakers, such as occupational therapists, social workers, doctors and chemists, are also invited to various meetings to discuss topical and/or relevant subjects. The Benalla Parkinson’s Support Group also offers members a number of support and information resources.

NB: Member tend to discuss their experiences of Parkinson’s during the meetings, it is important to remember that everyone has a different experience with Parkinson’s and different symptoms. This also included responding differently to treatments. Professional advice must be sought before making any changes to treatments.

Meeting details: Meetings take place at Benalla Community Care, Ray Sweeney Centre, Activities Room 1, 45 Coster Street, Benalla on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 11am to 1pm.

To find out more about your local Parkinson’s Support Group Contact:

  • The Benalla Parkinson’s Support Group Convenor, phone (03) 5761 4500. 
  • Community Health Nurse Benalla Community Health Service, phone (03) 5761 4500
  • Parkinson’s Victoria: 1800 644 189