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September 2017

Bendigo Health will start conducting Oral Health Screenings and Denture Assessments at Heathcote Health from October 2017.

For more information about the Oral Screenings and Denture Assessment being offered by Bendigo Health at Heathcote Health, please see the attached flyers. 


Oral Health Screenings at Heathcote Health Flyer

Denture Assessments at Heathcote Health flyer



Oral Health Screenings will be conducted by trained dental technicians starting from Thursday 12th October 2017, between 9.30am – 12.30pm, and each fortnight thereafter. Visits are free and for advice only; no treatment will be provided during the appointment. To book, please call our Reception staff on 5431 0900.

Denture Assessments will be offered fortnightly at Heathcote Health, starting from Thursday 19th October 2017. To be eligible for this service, you must have no teeth and you must hold a Pension or Health Care Card. Denture assessments are free, however charges will apply should new dentures be required. Appointments will be offered between 9.30am – 12.30pm.  Bookings can be made by contacting our Reception staff on 5431 0900.












This month’s issue looks at Thunderstorm Asthma. Thunderstorm Asthma is thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen counts and a certain type of thunderstorm. For people who have asthma or hay fever this can cause severe asthma symptoms, making it difficult to breathe. When a large number of people develop asthma symptoms over a short period of time, this is known as epidemic thunderstorm asthma. To find out more click on the link 21 Sept 2017


Managing asthma and allergies matters!

Grass pollen season brings an increase in asthma and hay fever. It also brings the chance of thunderstorm asthma. For people with asthma or hay fever, especially those who experience wheezing or coughing with their hay fever, thunderstorm asthma can be sudden, serious and even life threatening.

As grass pollen season approaches, here are some things you can do to prepare for pollen season:

  • If you’ve ever had asthma – talk to your doctor about what you can do to help protect yourself from the risk of thunderstorm asthma this pollen season. Remember taking an asthma preventer properly and regularly is key to preventing asthma, including thunderstorm asthma.
  • If you have hay fever – see your pharmacist or doctor for a hay fever treatment plan and check if you should have an asthma reliever puffer – which is available from a pharmacy without a prescription.
  • If you have hay fever, and especially if you experience wheezing and coughing with your hay fever, it is important to make sure you don’t also have asthma. Speak to your doctor today about whether or not you might have asthma.
  • It’s important for everyone in the community to know the four steps of asthma first aid so they know what to do if they or someone is having an asthma attack.
  • And finally, where possible avoid being outside during thunderstorms from October through December – especially in the wind gusts that come before the storm. Go inside and close your doors and windows. If you have your air conditioning on, turn it onto recirculate.

For more information about thunderstorm asthma and how to protect yourself, visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au