Primary Care

Primary Care embraces all the things that help to keep people healthy and effectively managing their health issues. This covers health promotion, social connectedness, home care services, well-being activities and of course frontline medical care. There are many different aspects to Primary Care including: the staff we employ as well as visiting health professionals, other service providers in our area and how we all work together to create a safer, easier system of meeting the needs of people in the community.

Over the next five years Primary Care will be the growth area of EDMH and we hope to be able to expand our services both in Edenhope and the surrounding areas. A new Primary Health Manager will be starting work in January 2014 and this will be a major part of his role. EDMH will be looking for extra grants to work with our broader community and will need help from community members to identify the gaps in our services and help plan the services.

Those services already being provided are recognized as being the backbone of primary care currently and we hope to further enhance their programs also.

One soft drink a day could increase your risk of cancer


It’s no secret – too many soft drinks are far from good for our health, but did you know that drinking even just one soft drink a day could increase your risk of cancer – regardless of the size of your waistline?

A new study by Cancer Council Victoria and the University of Melbourne analysed more than 35,000 Victorians over a twelve year period who developed 3,283 cases of obesity-related cancers including liver, ovary, pancreas and gallbladder.

“We were surprised to find increased cancer risk was not driven completely by obesity,” said Associate Professor Allison Hodge of Cancer Council’s cancer epidemiology and intelligence division.

“Even though these cancers were commonly associated with obesity, our research found this risk existed for all participants, no matter their size.”

“Even people who were not overweight had an increased risk if they regularly drank soft drinks. This was not the case with those who drank diet soft drinks, suggesting sugar

is the key contributor.”

How much sugar is hidden in your thirst-quencher?

How much sugar is hidden in your thirst-quencher?








Source: Cancer Council Victoria, website - click here for the full article

Health Promotion

Community Health Nurse offers education and health information events

Carers Group

If you care for a family member or friend, you need to care for yourself. This group is friendly and supportive. Meets approximately 3 times yearly, a good resource for referral to other carer services.

Respite in Home organised by WHCG carer respite

Is available, a Carer can come to your home to allow you to keep appointments or have some social time out.


If you have any queries or problems with continence or need information regarding products, please phone our Medical Clinic for an appointment on 5585 9888.

Weight and Fitness Assessments

Weight assessments and weight management advice.

Information and Advice

Chronic Health Conditions
Women’s, Men’s and Youth Health Issues.

Health Screenings

Diabetes Screening Risk
Blood Pressure.


Community Health Nurse takes a bus to Horsham 1-2 times per year to encourage women to have regular mammograms. Afternoon tea is supplied.

Equipment Hire

Rehabilitation or post operatively

Cancer resource nurse

cancer support and referral

Womens Health

PAP screening and sexual health information

Community Health

Located in the Elsie Bennett Community Centre, Lake Street (part of the Hospital complex).

Community Health Nurse: Cath McDonald

Ph – (03) 5585 9845; 0428 881 762

Hours of Operation

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

If Nurse unavailable, please leave a message if interested in attending programs or for further information.