Manicurist Angela Demicoli pampers carer Joanne Watt with WGHG Continence Nurse Joanne Hector and John Watt.
Helping hand for carers

Carers of people with a disability, illness or who are aging enjoyed a recent morning tea to help connect them to additional support services.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group (WGHG) and Baw Baw Shire held the event in the Community Health Centre at Gladstone Street, Warragul.

Director of Allied and Community Health, Audra Fenton, said the event provided an opportunity for people to speak directly with service providers and rural allied health professionals including physiotherapists, podiatrists, dietitians, continence nurses and many more.

A number of trade stands were also available for people to obtain information on products and aids that might help them.

Carer Joanne Watt of Trafalgar said her family had recently moved in with her father John to provide support to him.

“This event was good for us to connect because you often don’t know what’s out there or where to go. It was also nice to get out and meet other carers.”

Attendees were also offered a free pampering by manicurist Angela Demicoli to remind them of the importance of taking time out to care for one self.

WGHG’s Audra Fenton said some carers may not have thought of what West Gippsland Healthcare Group could offer them or they may have an issue they are finding difficult to manage. “Help is available locally if they need it, “she said.

For more information or to make a referral to WGHG’s First Call team phone 56243538.

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Carers enjoy learning about local support services. From left: WGHG’s Helen Beggs, carer Joan Wagner, WGHG’s Kate Palmer, carers Graham Lindford, Mary Needham, Judith Woolridge, Baw Baw Shire’s Tracey Rabl, carer, Val Pratt, WGHG’s Clare Flyfield In Front: Mary Lindford.