MDHS’s role in providing quality healthcare extends well beyond the acute and medical care space. We are committed to leading and being key partners in a range of innovative and exciting community health initiatives designed to make our communities healthier, stronger and more connected than ever before.
Our community-led health care programs and initiatives are delivered through effective partnerships and collaborations with other like-minded organisations. We also provide a range of allied health services. To access our community and allied health services, you can also make a self-referral (read more below).
The NEST commenced in 2019 and was re-launched in 2021 as a community-led, professionally supported, parent drop-in space. The NEST is located at the Resource Centre (Library building) and is open every Wednesday between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm for new and soon-to-be parents to connect with each other. The Nest was created in response to a need expressed by parents and carers for a welcoming space for them to meet, learn from each other and find out about services available in the local area. The Nest is supported by the Best Start facilitator. Find out more here.
The NEST is a partnership initiative between Maryborough District Health Service, Central Goldfields Shire Council and Go Goldfields under the Every Child, Every Chance (ECEC) priority areas of Confident and Connected New Parents and Healthy and Supported Pregnancies. It is supported by our local Bendigo Bank. Open during school holidays.
Family Violence Support
MDHS is committed to identifying responding to and supporting people including children impacted by family violence
MDHS acknowledges that family violence is a widespread issue and that the hospital is potentially an early contact point for many people who have experienced or are experiencing family violence. Health professionals are in a unique position to identify indicators of family violence and offer an empathetic and professional response.
Centre for Non-Violence (CNV) is Specialist Family violence service co-located at MDHS. The organisation responds to all internal and external referrals in person or by phone ensuring confidentiality and safety is maintained.
Loddon Campaspe Legal service is also co-located at MDHS and is available to provide legal advice and court support where appropriate. Ph. 54 303 000 or after hours 1800 015 188.
You should seek support if:
Someone close to you is hurting you, controlling you or making you feel afraid – such as your partner, family member, carer or parent(s)
- you are a child or young person who doesn’t have what you need to be OK
- you are worried about the safety of a friend or family member
- you need more support with the care of children, e.g. due to money issues, illness, addiction, grief, isolation or conflict
- you are worried about the safety of a child or young person
- you need help to change your behaviour and stop using violence in your relationships
PH 1800512359 for all assistance with referrals.
Loddon Campaspe Legal Service is free service co located at MDHS that provides confidential legal advice and court support if appropriate. For all assistance contact PH 54 450 909 or 1800 450 909.
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER ALWAYS CALL VICTORIA POLICE 000
24 hr helplines:
Safe Steps: A state-wide service for women and children experiencing violence or abuse Ph:1800 015 188
1800RESPECT: Provides a national sexual assault domestic family violence counselling service that supplies information and support Ph: 1800 737 732
WIRE Women’s Support Line: 1300 134 130
Lifeline: Provides crisis support and suicide prevention Ph: 131 114
MensLine: National telephone and online support service for men Ph: 1300 789 978
Men’s Referral Service: Provides anonymous & confidential telephone counselling, information & referrals to help men stop using violent and controlling behaviour 1300 766 491
Local Service Providers:
Centre for Non-Violence: Support for women and their children experiencing family violence. Ph: 1800 894 2292 or 5430 3000 (Bendigo)
MDHS: Maryborough District Health Service Intake Ph: 5461 0333
Berry Street: 24/7 Family violence specialist crisis response and support services.
Ph: 5331 3558 based in Ballarat covering Grampians region
WRISC Family Violence Support: Provides support, advocacy, referral to women and children. Ph: 5333 3666
Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS)
Under Part 5A of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 and Part 6A of the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005, Information sharing Entities and Risk Assessment Entities can request information to assess and manage family violence risk and/or promote a child’s wellbeing or safety.
If you are an Information Sharing Entity or a Risk Assessment Entity, a request for information under this legislation can be made using the MDHS_Family_violence_and-child_information_sharing-request-form.
Once this form is completed, please email it to ISS@mdhs.vic.gov.au.
A Nurse-Led Clinic is available three days a week at the Avoca campus on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 12 noon.
The Nurse-Led Clinic can be accessed for:
- Blood tests
- Simple wound dressing
- Stitches removal
How can you access this?
There are nine appointments available on each of those days and to book an appointment please telephone 54651202 or 54610300.
Please note that the Nurse-Led Clinic is not for emergency care.
Transition Care Program (TCP)
The Transition Care Program provides short-term support for community members following an admission to hospital or rehabilitation centre, providing more time and support to get well after prior to returning home or into a residential community.
Community Palliative Care
Our Community Palliative Care service works with people who have a terminal illness, their families, carers and the community in promoting and providing high-quality palliative care.
The staff liaise and work in conjunction with other community-based services to provide holistic care. The service is available to anyone of any age with any diagnosis; we understand how important it is to be cared for at home.
How do you access this?
Any one can make a referral to Community Pallative Care . Your medical care team will need to provide us with relevant information in relation to your condition. You can call to discuss your needs with our palliative care nurse on 5461 0333.
MDHS District Nurses provide a wide variety of nursing services to assist eligible clients in maintaining health, independence and quality of life within their own home, including wound and medication management, health education and promotion, nursing support to clients and carers.
Assessments and referrals to other services can be arranged.
For further information please contact District Nursing directly on telephone 5461 0333.
You can make a self-referral to Maryborough District Health Service in relation to our range of Community Services.
Please complete the form below as best you can to help us understand you and your needs. Tick the boxes that best describe your situation, and write in the spaces provided. Don’t worry if you cannot complete all the questions.
Send the completed form to Intake.ComServices@mdhs.vic.gov.au. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Medical clinics are located in Maryborough and Avoca with care provided by a number of General Practitioners (GP’s).
Nightingale Clinic, Maryborough
Clarendon Medical Centre, Maryborough
Tri-Star Clinic, Avoca
Nightingale Clinic also offers a part-time service at our Avoca campus. A medical practice is also located in Dunolly, with the doctor providing care for Residential Community residents at Dunolly campus.
Our local General Practitioners are credentialed as Visiting Medical Officers (VMO’s) at MDHS and provide excellent medical services for our Urgent Care Centre, anaesthetics for theatre, obstetric and antenatal care as part of Maternity Services and medical treatment for acute inpatients and Residential Care residents.