Bendigo Community Health Services is a place you can go to for health and well-being care, no matter who you are, where you live or how much you earn. We are a not-for-profit organisation located in the City of Greater Bendigo.

We offer a range of primary and community health services, most of which are free or have minimal cost and are available to anyone and everyone. 

Alcohol and other drugs counselling services (adult & youth)

Brief and ongoing counselling support, assessment and referrals for individuals and families affected by alcohol and drug use. Youth alcohol and drug counselling provides supportive counselling for young people 16 to 25 years. 

Alcohol and drug co-ordination and recovery support

Provides support, advocacy and service co-ordination for individuals and families attending alcohol and drug treatment programs.  Supports include advocacy, health, welfare, education and employment services.

Alcohol and drug group programs

Group programs include; Relapse Prevention, Skills for Life and Collaborative Therapy. These are facilitated by qualified alcohol and drug staff to assist in your treatment and recovery from alcohol and drug use.

Blood borne virus and sexually transmittable infection clinic

Provides testing for Blood Borne Viruses (BBV) and Sexually Transmittable Infections (STI) as well as providing specific information and health advice.

Child health invest

Child Health Invest is our Community Paediatric team. It provides holistic, and comprehensive health and well-being assessments for children. A referral from a GP is required.

Chronic disease management

We will work with you and your doctor to help you manage your diabetes or respiratory condition. 

Community soup kitchen

Providing free meals weekly and access to services in a safe, social and friendly environment. Held every Thursday in The Mill arcade at 165-171 Hargreaves Street from 4pm to 4.30pm.

Community education

Alcohol and Other Drugs,  Sexual Health, Chronic Disease Management. Specialist Infectious Diseases program (Hepatitis C and other BBV/STI). School and workplace education and information sessions available.  Guest speakers are available to address groups on a number of health and wellbeing issues. Workplace health and wellbeing programs are also available. 

Complex case service

Intense short term case management and service coordination for eligible refugees and migrants.

Core of Life

A program delivering life education for teenagers with a focus on the realities of pregnancy, birth and parenting.  To learn more click on this link

Culturally sensitive counselling

This service is available to people of a refugee background. It allows you to talk in a relaxed private space about your worries, and start to find ways to cope with them. You will receive acceptance, support and respect in a safe, neutral and non-judgmental environment.

Counselling and mental health

Brief and ongoing counselling, assessment, referral for individuals, families, children and groups working towards better health and well being -  depression, anxiety, addictive behaviours, relationship and family difficulties, grief and loss.

Diabetes education service

Education and information on the management of diabetes for individuals, families or groups. 

Diabetes prevention

Free program to help understand how to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Early childhood intervention

Provides a family based program for children (0-6 years of age) with a developmental delay or disability.  

Elmore planned activity group

Offers support to frail, aged or disabled  men and women to assist to maintain independence in the Elmore Community. 

Exercise physiology

Offers exercise and lifestyle support to assist in the prevention and management of health conditions and rehabilitation.

Falls and balance exercise program

To reduce falls risks in adults, crease strength and balance.

Family day care

Provides quality care for children up to 12 years of age in the homes of approved educators.

Family drug support

Initial telephone response, consultation and support to family and carers of people who use alcohol and drugs (including ICE). A qualified alcohol and drug counsellor will provide support, information and education to you and your family.

Family services

Assist and support families to develop, maintain and strengthen their independence, skills and well being and promote positive parenting skills.

Family support parenting  programs

These parenting programs assist families to strengthen their practical skills for family living and communication, promotes  healthy and harmonious relationships, supports families to build on positive
strategies to manage the challenges facing families today.

Headspace

Supports young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who are experiencing difficulties.  Phone 5434 5345.

Health justice partnerships

Works with families by directly addressing their unmet legal needs, working with health professionals and advocates.

Helping children with autism & Better Start services

Please contact the Early Childhood Intervention Team for further information.

Medical practice

A range of medical practitioners offering general practice services based in our Central, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat locations.

Men’s health clinic

Offers a range of male friendly services, including health assessments, information, referral and annual check-ups.

Mental health carer program

Our program aims to support people caring for a person with an enduring mental illness.

Mental health programs

Mental Health related services providing assessment and interventions specific to individual presentations within an evidence based, Recovery framework.  The services include:

Generalist Counselling; Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program; Psychological Treatment Services; Refugee Torture and Trauma Counselling.  These services are provided at no direct charge to consumers and are available for children, youth and adults.   Mental Health Plans are required for the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program and the Psychological Treatment Service. A referral is not required for the Generalist Counselling Services. 

Mobile drug safety worker

An experienced harm reduction worker is available to individuals anonymously to access NSP services and receive harm reduction education, information and support.

Needle syringe program (NSP) outreach team

NSP provides clean injecting equipment, safe sex and health information, harm reduction education, support and referral to health and welfare services.  Phone: 1800 636 514

7.30pm-10.45pm Tuesday – Saturday.

Non-residential withdrawal support service

Provides non-residential withdrawal treatment and support services in conjunction with your medical practitioner. Service is available through; outreach, home based, outpatient and in hospital supported withdrawal. See below for our residential withdrawal support service Nova House.

Options clinic

Sexual health and family planning services for men and women.

Nutrition

Community kitchens - learn how to cook quickly, cheaply and get the best nutritional value with this program.  Nutrition sessions - learn about simple healthy eating including healthy weight management. 

Physiotherapy

Offers advice and treatment for treating injuries, pain and stiffness in joints and/or muscles and adult and paediatric physiotherapy services. 

Podiatry

Foot health for clients who are older, have a disability or a chronic illness. Diabetes foot health assessments and community education sessions available. 

Quit smoking program

Free program to help reduce or quit smoking. 

Refugee health nurse

Support individuals, families and refugee communities to improve their health and wellbeing. 

Refugee settlement services

Provides services for people of refugee backgrounds from year one to year five post arrival.  Migrants with low English proficiency also eligible. Education about faith and culture  available. 

Residential withdrawal support service (Nova House)

Nova House is an adult residential withdrawal program for people undertaking alcohol and or drug withdrawal. The program is open to individuals 21 years and over who live in Victoria. An assessment process is required to ensure people are suited for Nova House.

Respiratory management

This service is designed for individuals and families to learn more about lung health, asthma management and smoking
cessation. 

Sexual health and family planning

An informal and confidential setting to assist both men and women in making informed choices and decisions on their sexual and reproductive health.

Specialist pharmacotherapy

Specialist alcohol and drug medical or nurse practitioners provide Methadone and Buprenorphine (Opiate Replacement Therapy) treatment.

Strength training and walking programs

Conducted at various locations throughout Bendigo and Elmore to increase physical activity and provide social opportunities for older persons.   Strength training is for people aged 55+ to increase strength through weight training.

Women’s health clinic

Provides pap smears, breast health check and offers advise and information on a range of women’s health issues including sexual and contraceptive health.

Workplace and employment health promotion

BCHS can work with you to develop workplace health programs.

Workplace education

Bendigo Community Health Services, supports businesses in their pursuit of creating a health promoting workplace. A health promoting workplace is one where employers value the health and wellbeing of their workers.

Youth counselling service

For young people under 25 years, individual sessions and support available. Includes alcohol and drug counselling.

Youth health services

Provides a youth friendly health service including GP’s, Nurses and Counsellors.

If you or a loved one needs help in any of these areas, get in touch with your nearest branch of BCHS. Contact details are below.