Community Health

Community Health at IDHS is provided by Community Health Nurses and the Community Services workers who adhere to the principles of the Social Model of Health acknowledging that health is affected by the total environment.

To register for a program or to find out more contact Reception on (03) 5431 7000 and ask for the program you are interested in.

One priority area is Physical Activity with Strength Training.

Other health promotion and education is offered to individuals and groups on topics such as:

–  Women’s and Men’s Health
–  Women’s Health clinics including pap tests / cervical screening
–  Nutrition
–  Cancer prevention
–  Communicable diseases
–  Chronic conditions (includes programs for Asthma, Diabetes and Heart disease / Cardiac rehabilitation)
–  School health programs
–  Youth programs
–  Sexual health clinics and programs
–  Injury / falls prevention
–  Support groups

The Social Work team offer programs, support and education to community and school groups on a wide range of social and health matters.  Personal development and resilience building programs can also be offered in schools.

Community Health Nurses are based in Inglewood and Wedderburn and service all communities in the South Loddon area.

Pap Test 

If you haven’t had a PAP TEST in the last two years make an appointment with your doctor or community health centre today.

INGLEWOOD CLINIC – Hospital St Inglewood

WEDDERBURN CLINIC –24 Wilson Street – Contact: Inglewood & Districts Health Service

Bookings Essential: 5431 7000

A Pap test every two years could save your life!!
For more information on Pap tests or cervical cancer visit

Diabetes Program

The Diabetes Program is based at IDHS, and the program educator also visits Korong Vale, Wedderburn, Serpentine, Tarnagulla, Bridgewater and Newbridge.

The program provides information and assistance to manage diabetes to both newly diagnosed and those who have lived with diabetes for several years. The Diabetes Educator is an RN Div1 and people can self refer and see the diabetes nurse whether they have seen a doctor or not. It is not a requirement to have seen a doctor first.  The nurse can assess and if necessary provide further referrals to other services such as Podiatrists and Dietitians and information back to their GP.

There is the potential for people to join the South Loddon Arthritis and Chronic Illness Support Group that meets monthly in alternating sites of Inglewood conference room at Inglewood and Districts Health Service on the last Friday of the month in Inglewood and Wedderburn at the Neighbourhood house.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

This rehabilitation program is designed to help in the recovery from heart problems or ongoing heart conditions and prevent further progression of their heart disease. There is a small cost, a once only payment of $40.00 for each 6 weeks undertaken. The program is now being run each Wednesday afternoon in the Old Dr’s surgery at Inglewood, the potential for clients to stay longer than the initial 6 weeks has been allowed by the ongoing program. The sessions comprise of one hour of exercise, followed by education by various health professionals for an hour.
Contact the Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse on (03) 5431 7044 or (03) 5431 7000.

Life Program

The Inglewood and Districts Health Service has two Life facilitators this program is to prevent Type two diabetes and improve those with cardiovascular disease.
To access the program just complete the Ausrisk score sheet attached if you get a score of 12 or above you are at risk of type two Diabetes and eligible for the program.You can also do it online at or call 13 RISK(137475).

The life  program also is now a five session program after an initial 1:1 introductory session. The fifth session is  4  months after the 4th session.

We will run the programs in vary sites and times to suit the people.