𝑪𝒐𝒍𝒂𝒄 𝑨𝒓𝒆𝒂 𝑯𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒂 𝒏𝒆𝒘 𝒘𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇𝒇𝒊𝒄𝒆𝒓 𝒓𝒐𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒎𝒖𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝑶𝑽𝑰𝑫-19 𝒑𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒎𝒊𝒄.
The new role, accessed by phoning Colac Area Health’s 1800-support line, will assess a caller’s needs, linking them with the care services and supports that they require.
Colac Area Health Chief Executive Fiona Brew said individuals and families will be supported by the wellbeing and support officer to access local mental health services, GPs, translators, family violence supports, food relief, council services and more.
“As a trusted health service in our community, we have established this role to expand on the great work of local businesses and agencies by providing a centralised service that connects locals with the supports they need, when they need them,” she said.
“The impact of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing, the economy and social environments will be long–lasting so early detection of support needs and accessibility to services is a priority.”
To access the wellbeing and support officer, phone the Colac Area Health support line on 1800 512 424, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.
If you have questions about COVID-19 symptoms or precautions, please visit the DHHS website for the most up-to-date information https://bit.ly/33BLVzk.