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New DPV Health & Orange Door services at Epping


DPV HEALTH opens a new site in Epping to support expansion in mental health and family violence services

DPV Health is pleased to announce the opening of its mental health site in Epping. Located in the Quest Epping building adjacent to the Pacific Epping Shopping Centre. The DPV Health site will also host The Orange Door ensuring that people in Melbourne’s outer North have access to essential mental health, family violence and family support services.

Delivered in partnership with Safer Care Victoria, Family Safety Victoria and other key community services the new site will provide mental health counselling services, as well as services for those experiencing family violence, people who use violence and for families who need assistance with the care of children.

The Orange Door will host a team of practitioners from DPV Health, Berry St, Kids First and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency to support individuals and families, including children, with immediate needs to ensure they are directed to the right services for ongoing assistance.

The site will also support DPV Health’s expansion of locally based, inclusive mental health services. It will provide a range of culturally appropriate mental health services including: counselling, psychology, social work and group programs to support people’s better mental health, well-being and connection with the community.

With the recent release of the recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into Mental Health, DPV Health’s opening of the site is very timely and will help facilitate growth in mental health services across the region.

Don Tidbury CEO DPV Health said “DPV Health’s new Epping site will deliver essential family violence, family services and mental health services, which are much needed in our community. Responding to community need is a key priority for DPV Health and we look forward to working with Safer Care Victoria, The Orange Door and other agencies to support the health, safety and wellbeing of people across Northern Melbourne”

Media Contact

For media enquiries, contact Rick Jackson Executive Manager Client Experience & Community Engagement on 0448 998 079 or Rick.Jackson@dpvhealth.org.au

DPV Health is a not-for-profit organisation that offers exceptional health, disability and social services to people of all ages across the cities of Hume and Whittlesea. As one of Victoria’s largest & most comprehensive community health organisations, DPV Health provides an extensive range of medical, dental, allied health, paediatric, disability, mental health and programs to support vulnerable people.

Occupational Therapy Week 2021

During Occupational Therapy Week we celebrate occupational therapy and promote the many ways occupational therapists help all people to reach their potential. OT Week 2021 is Monday 25 October to Sunday 31 October.

This year’s theme of participation, inclusion and independence celebrates the role OTs play in supporting people in activities they find meaningful.

What does an Occupational Therapist do?

Occupational Therapists (OTs) provides support to people who find it difficult to do meaningful tasks that they really would like to do such as showering, eating, cooking, attending social groups or grocery shopping. An OT will work with you to identify your goals, strengths and difficulties, and provide solutions that can help you remain safe and live independently in your own home. This may include prescribing equipment, recommending home modifications such as grab rails or banister rails and providing education on falls prevention or energy conservation strategies.

Tips on what you can do at home to help prevent falls and injury

Preventing Falls at home

1 in 4 people over 65 experience a fall each year. Majority of falls happen in and around the home.

Here are some tips and tricks to preventing falls in your home.

  • Keep walkways in your home clear of clutter.
  • Tape down any exposed cords along the wall to keep them off the floor.
  • If your rugs or mats have curled edges, tape them down too or remove them.
  • If you have steps or stairs, consider marking the edges with high contrast tape to help you spot the change in levels. You can do this too with changes in floor surfaces.
  • Be mindful when wearing clothes or dressing gowns that are too long or loose, as they can get caught on things.
  • Keep regularly used items between hip and shoulder height to avoid bending and reaching.
  • Get out of bed slowly; this will give your body a chance to adjust to being in an upright position after lying down for a long time.
  • Sensor lights for hallways can be useful for night-time toilet trips.
  • Give your eyes enough time to adjust when walking behind lighter to darker areas.
  • Consider a grab rail or slip-resistant flooring in the bathroom and shower.
  • If you have a pet, put a bell on their collar so you can look out for them when they are nearby.

As we age, so do our homes. Our homes go through general ‘wear and tear’. We often find it difficult to identify what needs repair or maintenance because we have lived there for many years. If you notice anything that needs fixing, speak to your local council or My Aged Care about subsidised services you can access to help manage those risks.

My Aged Care: 1800 200 422

General Safety Check for every home:

  • I have a working smoke alarm
  • I have a torch handy
  • My phone easily accessible
  • The doorways clear for emergency services to access my property


  • I have checked that my rugs and mats have slip resistant backing
  • I have secured my rugs and mats to prevent them from curling in the corners
  • I keep my floors clear of clutter – including cords


  • I have a lamp or a night light near the bed
  • The light switches in my home are easy to get to

Stairs and Steps:

  • I have something safe to hold on to when going up or down steps
  • I can tell where each step starts and stops
  • My stairs/steps are clear of pots, plants and other objects

Download the information sheet here

Pacing and Energy Conservation

What is Pacing and Energy Conservation?

Pacing and energy conservation involve completing tasks in a way that reduces the amount of energy you use. This will leave you more energy to do activities you want to do and find enjoyable. With practice pacing and energy conservation can also gradually increase the overall daily activity you can do.

Why Pacing and Energy Conservation

Pacing and Energy Conservation can allow you to complete the daily tasks you find important. Pain can change the way we complete tasks day to day. The picture shows the cycle of pain and activity. This cycle can lead to us doing less and less activity over time.

How to do Pacing and Energy Conservation

There are many ways to use Pacing and Energy Conservation strategies in your life. The main ways to remember are the 6 P’s of Pacing and Energy Conservation:

Plan: Plan your day in advance. Understand you energy levels and plan that amount of activity. Ensure you plan regular rests.
Prepare: Prepare for certain tasks to lower the energy needed. For example, pre-cutting your vegetables before cooking.
Prioritise: Be aware of what tasks need to be completed and focus on those for the day. Other tasks can wait until you have more time or having everything you need easy to reach.
Positioning: Good posture and alternating between sitting and standing can help give some muscles a rest while you switch to using others.
Pacing: Break your day or activities into smaller parts with regular rests
Positive attitude: Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Celebrate even little victories and improvements

Download the information sheet here

For information on DPV Health’s Occupational Therapy services and programs click here.

Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not able to provide services to new clients. Our services are due to resume later this year.

Onsite COVID-19 Exposure update

DPV Health continues to provide onsite healthcare to those in urgent need. All onsite service provision is conducted within rigorous infection prevention policy and procedure, in line with the Department of Health (Victoria), COVID-19 guidelines.

As a result of high community COVID-19 transmission rates, during September DPV Health has experienced a number of onsite COVID-19 exposure notifications.

All onsite COVID-19 exposures are managed in line with the Department of Health response requirements and treated with the highest degree of priority. DPV Health identifies all persons who attended onsite during an exposure period and notifies the Department of Health.

DPV Health will also notify persons directly to ensure people receive advice as quickly as possible following a potential exposure.

For a list of public COVID-19 exposure please visit: Case alerts – public exposure sites | Coronavirus Victoria

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Temple detected as an exposure site.

Sri Guru Singh Sabha Temple in Craigieburn identified as a exposure site.

A person attending the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Temple (344 Hume Hwy, Craigieburn VIC 3064) for vaccination on Friday 10 September, between 3pm – 5pm has tested positive to COVID-19.

In line with the Victorian Department of Health’s protocols for Tier 1 sites, the site has been deep cleaned and all persons on site during this time are treated as primary close contacts, excluding those wearing appropriate PPE.

  • All primary close contacts have been advised to undertake a COVID-19 test and quarantine at home for 14 days even if they return a negative test result. They will be contacted by the Department of Health with further instructions.
  • Any household members in close contact with a primary close contact, are also considered to be a primary close contact, and should get tested and remain in quarantine for 14 days.
  • Any friends or relatives in brief contact with these primary close contacts are considered secondary close contacts and should also get tested and isolate until they receive a negative test result.

For more information on support during quarantining please visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/what-do-if-you-are-close-contact

Protecting kids against COVID-19

With the onset of the new Delta COVID-19 variant, more children throughout Australia are becoming ill with the coronavirus.  Not surprisingly, many parents are wondering about how to protect their children.  While there is currently no cure for COVID-19, we do know that prevention strategies work. Getting yourself vaccinated and helping children to take the following steps will help to protect them:

  • Wear a mask
  • Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
  • Get vaccinated
  • Get tested


Different Australian states have different regulations for mask-wearing. In Victoria, it is recommended that children over five wear a mask when out of the family home. While wearing masks can take a bit of getting used to, especially for young children, it is perfectly safe. Mask wearing does not affect a child’s ability to breathe.

When helping a child wear a mask, it is important to remember that it needs to fit snugly. Masks with large gaps on the sides or a mask that constantly slips down the child’s face are ineffective. Also, remember:

  • Fabric masks need regular washing –like underwear!
  • Disposable masks are only suitable for a single-use – like a tissue!
  • The mask will work better with fewer gaps around the face!

Some children with sensory issues or disabilities may struggle to wear masks; however, most children will quickly adapt, especially if their parents set a good example. One great way to encourage children to wear a mask is the help them make their own. There are many great templates available for kids’ masks, and many of them don’t require any sewing.

Tips for helping your children to wear a face mask:

Make it fun and personal. As face masks have become more common you can find fun, colourful masks in many stores. Look for ones that feature your child’s favourite superhero characters, faces, or animal prints. Kids might opt for a plain mask that they can decorate with markers, stickers, beads, or sequins. You can even have your child help choose a design, so they feel a part of the process.

Children learn through play.  and this can also help them process their feelings. Give your child a mask for their favourite stuffed animal, sew a matching mask for a doll or draw masks on characters in colouring books.

Lastly, one of the best ways to encourage your child to wear a face mask is to wear one yourself.

Now let’s make some masks! Let’s make some face masks!  CLICK HERE or watch the video by Kidspot:



The COVID-19 is airborne, which means that it can float in the air. For this reason, it is important to keep children away from poorly ventilated spaces. Good ventilation is a problem for many schools, clubs, cafes and shops. Wherever possible, activities need to be held outside, and doors and windows should be open.

Victoria’s pandemic lockdown regulations mean that many schools will continue to offer online-learning-only options into the foreseeable future. These restrictions are put in place to keep our children and communities safe. Talking positively to your children about why they can’t go to school is a great way to help them cope with being at home.


Australia’s vaccine roll-out is now in full swing, and depending on your child’s age, they may now be eligible to be vaccinated. Currently, children aged 16 years or over can be booked in for a Pfizer vaccination. Australia’s Health Minister Greg Hunt announced that Pfizer jabs would be made available to all children in the 12-15 year-old age group from 13 September.

Vaccinations for children under 12 have not yet been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration and are currently unavailable. In the meantime, the best way to protect younger children is by ensuring that everyone who can be vaccinated is vaccinated. Make sure that everyone in your home who is eligible gets their vaccine as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Vaccination is available at DPV Health’s Vaccination hub located at Town Hall Broadmeadows, 10 Dimboola Road, Broadmeadows, 7 days a week: 9:30am – 5:30pm . Click here for more information or call Call 1300 DPV VAX or dial 1300 378 829 .

For vaccination information for children and teenagers and resources click here.

Get tested

If you or your child have any of the following symptoms, it is essential to get tested right away:

  • fever
  • chills or sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose
  • loss or change in the sense of smell or taste.

Getting tested involves having a quick nasal swab. While it can be a little uncomfortable, it is not painful. Getting tested helps to stop the spread of the virus and allows medical professionals to offer you the best help possible.

DPV Health’s COVID-19 Testing Centre is located at Schotters Road, Mernda. For more information click here.

Mental Health

It’s very normal for children and young people to experience a range of emotions about the COVID-19. If you need tips and advice to help support your children’s mental well-being click here

Alternatively, you can call HeadtoHelp on 1800 595 212 .

North-Western Melbourne gets vaccination boost

DPV Health has been appointed to operate the largest community health vaccination hub in Northern Melbourne.

Operating out of the Broadmeadows Town Hall, 10 Dimboola Rd Broadmeadows, the vaccination hub will provide access for thousands of local community members to be vaccinated with either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines.

Working in partnership with Victoria’s Department of Health, Hume City Council and the C-19 Network*, DPV Health has expanded the site to provide up to 22 vaccination booths and open seven days per week.

“This is a great benefit for the people of Hume, a community that has been significantly impacted by COVID 19 over the past 18 months, says Don Tidbury, CEO of DPV Health. Having access to a large vaccination hub which trades every day, will provide opportunities for thousands of people to get vaccinated each week.”

The vaccination hub will operate seven days per week, initially from 9.30am to 5.30pm each day, with hours expected to increase over the coming weeks.

People are encouraged to book an appointment for their vaccination by calling 1300 DPV VAX (1300 378 829). They can also just walk-up, noting waiting times may be longer for people who haven’t pre-booked.

Pfizer is available to those who meet the eligibility criteria while Astra Zeneca is now available for all over the age of 18, following consultation with a nurse or doctor if required. Eligibility criteria can be checked by visiting www.health.gov.au

“The Broadmeadows Town Hall, is a well-known landmark in our community. It is very convenient for people to access via train, bus, and car or simply walking up, said Don Tidbury CEO DPV Health.  We are also providing access to an interpreter service to assist our diverse community in answering any questions and supporting them through the simple process of being vaccinated.”

“As CEO, I am very proud of the work the DPV Health team are undertaking to protect our community. The expansion of Broadmeadows vaccination Hub, is complimented by the vaccination services operating from DPV Health’s Medical Centres in Broadmeadows and Mill Park and through DPV Health’s Mobile Vaccination units supporting High Risk Accommodation Response initiatives across Victoria.”

DPV Health are continuing to support the community with COVID testing at the Mernda Testing site in Schotters Road Mernda and through community outreach programs for those unable to attend a testing site.

*C-19 Network is a collaboration by Community Health organisations working together to implement effective, agile and locally driven COVID response programs: DPV Health, cohealth, EACH, IPC Health & Star Health

For media enquiries, contact Rick Jackson Executive Manager Client Experience & Community Engagement on 0448 998 079 or Rick.jackson@dpvhealth.org.au


Homelessness Week (1st – 7th August)

Homelessness Week (1st– 7th August) gives us the opportunity to raise awareness within the organization and the community. Homelessness Week is the annual awareness-raising week to highlight the 116,000 Australians who are homeless on any given night

This year the theme for Homelessness Week is Everybody Needs a Home and our call to advocate for more housing remains. Census 2021 provides an opportunity for all to feedback on the housing situation across Australia; there has been a large focus that has not been witnessed before to reach out to all that are experiencing the impacts of the housing crisis that has been intensified by the COVID pandemic.

Housing is indicated as a basic need in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and it is recognized by the UN as a basic right. There has been a lack of spending by State and Federal Governments in the last 20 years on social housing.

Homelessness week is one of two occasions that we are able to highlight the need for more housing to the general public.  In September 2020 the Victorian Government announced a large injection of funds to the housing sector of a housing build of 1200 houses, and a large amount of funding to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. However, this is the tip of what is actually required with 80,000 people requiring a long-term home in the state. There is a need to get the Federal Government to step up and assist across Australia to provide further support to all states and territories in the area of social housing support and increased rent assistance, via welfare payments.

In 2021 as did in 2020 the week will be conducted remotely in a low-key manner,  from 8th August through to the  15th August there will be a focus through outreach on the Census.

DPV Health’s Homelessness Support

The Homelessness Team at DPV Health, covering the Whittlesea Catchment and working out of Epping; provide case management to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The team work tirelessly to advocate on behalf of their clients for more housing and improved access to housing.  Referral’s come from an external agency – Haven Home Safe, with a few select internally.

 A client’s response to the support provided

 “DPV Health’s homelessness support has impacted my life in the most positive way possible!  Your organisation has provided me with housing stability, supporting me in reconnecting with my children which I’m forever grateful for. I have also had financial help which has helped my house feel like a home and given me the assistance to make sure my children have everything they need. I would also like to say the emotional support provided by my workers has been priceless, they are always there for me to talk about anything that’s on my mind and provide me with sound advice. I don’t know where I would be today without the help and support of DPV Health, they have changed my life for the better. I’m blessed to have them in my life.” – K

 Case Managers take

“My role as a Case Manager in the Homelessness team involves providing advocacy and support to clients who have been made homeless or at risk of homelessness. Once housed, we support our participants to maintain their tenancies. We encourage and support their journey to achieve their unique life goals. We work from a client-centered and strengths-based perspective aiming to empower participants. We assist them in building life skills and arming them with the knowledge they require to ultimately gain independence. 

Each one of our participants is different and has unique needs. Therefore, our day-to-day work can vary greatly. We provide emotional support, advice and advocacy. We do this in a non-judgemental and flexible manner, always promoting personal goals and engendering independence. Most of our participants are with us over the long term. This provides us with the unique opportunity to build rapport and meaningful long-term working relationships with participants. I feel honoured they allow me into their lives to hear their stories and be a part of their journey. My job is rewarding, full of diversity and opportunities to encourage and support my clients to make fundamental and practical changes in their lives.  I feel honoured to be allowed to contribute and hopefully make a difference.” – Bianca

This outcome is achieved by working with other departments in DPV Health, the greater Homelessness Network and the local businesses in our catchment.

Should you require housing assistance in the City of Whittlesea please contact;

Haven Home Safe: 9479 0700

City of Hume Vincent Care: 9304 0100

After hours response: 1800 825 955

How you can help

Sign the petition to end homelessness in Victoria visit: https://everyvictorianshouldhaveahome.com.au/ for more information.

Refugee Week 2021

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health at DPV Health

At DPV Health, we recognise that many refugees and asylum seekers struggle with multiple and complex physical and psychological health issues, resulting from trauma and torture, deprivation and prolonged poverty, periods in immigration detention and poor access to healthcare.

It is important to address health problems early in their settlement. Refugees and asylum seekers are more likely to settle successfully – including actively participating in family, schooling, working and community life – when their health and wellbeing improve.

From June 20th to 26th 2021, we are celebrating Refugee week!  This is an annual national event that aims to raise awareness and celebrate the positive contributions refugees and asylum seekers make to Australian society.

The theme for Refugee Week this year is ‘Unity’, inviting us to reflect on the powerful potential we have when we work together as a diverse community.

“I feel very strongly about equality and social justice, and the theme of ‘unity’ means all of us standing together, accepting and celebrating our similarities as well as our differences. It is our diversity that makes us stronger. When everyone is able to recognise and value this, then we will really be united and unstoppable!” – Caitlin Anderson, DPV Refugee Health Nurse.

Who are refugees and asylum seekers?

Asylum Seekers are people who have fled their home country and are seeking international protection. Once the country they have fled to officially approves their request for protection, they become a Refugee. Refugees are people who have fled their home country due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, social position or political opinion.

Did you know that the City of Hume, one of DPV Health’s catchment areas, had the highest intake of refugees and asylum seekers in Victoria in 2018?

This means that we’re focused on providing exceptional care to this part of the community. Through our Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health program ALL newly arrived refugees in the City of Whittlesea and City of Hume can access culturally sensitive health care support with FREE interpreter access.

The program provides comprehensive health assessments, health education, and referrals to other health services such as physiotherapy, nutrition, dental, emotional wellness counselling, baby and child health and NDIS disability access, among many others.

Have you heard about our team of Bi-Cultural workers that are ready to help?

All our refugee clients have access to our empathetic Bi-Cultural workers who share a similar experiences and cultural backgrounds. They act as an essential communication link between refugee communities and health workers ensuring that we provide the best possible care.

“A refugee’s journey would not have been an easy one. Leaving family and friends behind, leaving their homes to flee from their war-torn countries is a difficult and sometimes traumatic experience. By being helpful in any way that I can, by listening to them and by offering them the respect they deserve makes a big impact on the client.” – Sousan Hawalla, Refugee Health Access Worker/Bicultural Worker

Did you know that the COVID-19 vaccine is free for all people in Australia?

This includes refugees, people who seek asylum, and those with temporary or cancelled visas. You DO NOT need Medicare to receive a vaccination or COVID test! Find more information about our locations here.

For more information about DPV Health Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health services, visit: https://www.dpvhealth.org.au/all-services/community-support/refugee-asylum-seeker-health-program/.

Hala’s Story

Meet Hala, a Refugee Health Services client at DPV Health.

Hala was born in Iraq, speaks speak Arabic, and now a little English. She has a degree in Software Engineering and used to teach IT at a University in Iraq. Then war broke out, the Iraqi government toppled, and everything changed.

“During that time my husband went missing, and we presumed that he was dead. I decided to flee Iraq with my girls and went to Syria where I lived for 7 years. I then moved to Lebanon and lived there for 2 years.”

Finally, in 2016 the UN accepted Hala’s application and she arrived in Australia with her three daughters on a ‘Woman at Risk Visa. Settling in and building a life in a new country wasn’t easy though.

“I was sick physically and mentally. Not being able to communicate and speak English made it very hard to navigate services and appointments. Being a single mother and the big responsibilities that came with that did not help my mental health.”

Luckily, Hala and her daughters found DPV Health and things started to improve.

“After a few months of arriving to Australia, I was offered an appointment with a refugee health nurse at DPV Health. The nurse was a godsend and she has helped me tremendously. My children and I were referred to DPV Health dental where we all received free treatments. I was also referred to the women’s health nurse where I obtained the information I needed, and a Cervical Screening test was completed. The nurse followed up on my health issues and helped me to book a much-needed surgery. She has also helped me to understand the Australian health system better.”

Hala was then introduced to a bi-cultural worker to support her transition.

“When the refugee health nurse first came to visit me, she had with her a bi-cultural worker. I found it so helpful to have someone that speaks my language and someone that I can trust and communicate with. Through the bi-cultural worker, I was referred to a Refugee Women’s Social Group where I still attend more than 4 years later.”

At the time, Hala’s daughter was dealing with poor mental health and was suffering because she missed her dad. DPV Health’s Refugee Health nurse referred her to Foundation House where she received the support she needed. “My daughter then started to be more engaged and started to attend school.”

Things have since been looking up for Hala and her daughters, and they have now decided to make Australia their home.

“A couple of years ago we found out that my husband is still alive. We are now in touch with each other, and I am now in the process of applying through the Dept. of Immigration to grant him a visa… I often ask my daughters if they would like to go back to Iraq to see what they would say. They tell me no mum, Australia is now our home. What I like about living in Australia is that as a person you feel respected no matter what cultural background or religion you are. The Medicare system is fantastic. Only someone from a different country will appreciate how accessible health services are in Australia.”

“For the future, I am hoping that the Dept. of Immigration would grant my husband a visa so we can finally be united as a family. I know my children will be fine in this country. They are getting a good education and I’m sure they will have a bright future. As for myself, I wish to continue to better my English and to find a job that will bring me self-satisfaction and happiness.”

Rainbow Tick Celebration

DPV Health celebrates Rainbow Tick certification to mark LGBTIQ inclusion

DPV Health is proud to announce that we have achieved Rainbow Tick certification. This independent national certification recognises the organisation’s inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ) clients, employees and volunteers.

The Rainbow Tick Accreditation Program assesses organisations against standards developed by Rainbow Health Victoria. The accreditation assures LGBTIQ clients that DPV Health is committed to constantly improving the quality of care and service delivery for their community.

The certification is particularly important, because LGBTIQ people may face difficulties in accessing health services, compared to other Victorians. This is in part due to stigma and people’s concerns that their identity may not be affirmed and valued in healthcare settings.

On 25 March, all DPV Health employees came together in an internal company event to celebrate the Rainbow Tick Accreditation, with special guests, Ro Allen, Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities and Simon Ruth, CEO of Thorn and Harbour.


Speaking at the event, Simon Ruth, CEO, Thorn and Harbour said, “It is incredibly important for services like DPV Health to put up the Rainbow Tick; to go through the effort to allow LGBTIQ people to feel welcome.”

Commissioner Ro Allen handed over the Rainbow Tick certificate to Don Tidbury, CEO, DPV Health, and in talking about the significance of this achievement for the LGBTIQ community said, What you’ve done today is allow so many people in the northern regions and all the local governments that you cover to be able to have the choice and know that when they go in, they won’t be discriminated against.”

Obtaining Rainbow Tick certification is a step forward that both highlights and improves DPV Health’s ability to welcome and serve the LGBTIQ community.

In recent years, DPV Health has participated in several initiatives to improve LGBTIQ inclusion in our services and in the broader community. We are part of the Pride in the North Network, a group of local health organisations committed to providing inclusive services in Melbourne’s north.

The ‘You Are Who You Say You Are: DPV Needs Analysis’ was the first study of LGBTIQ needs in northern Melbourne. The report includes recommendations on support services, awareness and training required to improve services for LGBTIQ people.

DPV Health has implemented inclusion and diversity training that includes a module featuring the perspectives of LGBTIQ people. Our Inclusion Strategy, which guides the organisation on providing inclusive services, identifies the LGBTIQ community as one of the priority communities.

Don Tidbury, CEO DPV Health said, “To achieve Rainbow Tick certification on top of the hugely demanding COVID year is nothing less than amazing. Most importantly, over time it will make an enormous difference to the lives of LGBTIQ people in outer Northern Melbourne.”

Along with celebrations, DPV Health is committed to providing inclusive services as well as advocating for the health and wellbeing of the LGBTIQ communities.

Click here to learn more about our upcoming events and initiatives, or email us at populationhealth@dpvhealth.org.au to find out how you can get involved.

World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day – 20th March 2021

Be Proud Of Your Mouth.

Good oral health can help you live a longer, healthier life. And that is something worth taking action for.

Aside from being the main entry point for the virus that causes COVID 19, your mouth is also the first organ to be exposed to infections like the flu.

This World Oral Health Day, let’s take a look at some diet and hygiene practices that will help keep your mouth and body healthy and safe.


Good dental hygiene routine

Having a basic routine in place to take care of your mouth can have a positive impact on your general health and wellbeing.

  • Wash hands with soap and water before brushing your teeth
  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Do not rinse with water straight after brushing
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months

Diet plays an important part

Along with a dental hygiene routine, a well-balanced, low-in-sugar diet can help with good oral health.

Studies show that sugar is the number one cause of tooth decay (dental caries), which like most oral health conditions can be prevented.

You can stay alert and monitor your diet by practicing the following-

  • Avoid eating sugary snacks and treats between meals
  • Favour water as your main drink
  • Prepare and follow a well-balanced diet low in sugar and high in fruits and veggies
  • Avoid ‘empty calorie’ sources like soda, juice, energy and sports drinks
  • While grocery shopping, beware of sugars added to food and drinks

It’s all connected!

Our oral health is connected to the wellbeing of our body. Good oral health can help you live a longer, healthier life.

  • Oral cancer – Taking good care of your mouth, reducing the intake of tobacco and alcohol, can help with reducing the chances of oral cancer.
  • Diabetes – One small, but effective way of controlling diabetes is practicing good oral hygiene.
  • Cardiovascular diseases – Taking good care of your heart starts with taking good care of your teeth and gums.
  • Respiratory diseases – Dental infections can be linked to higher risk of pneumonia. So keep your mouth clean, and get regular dental check-ups.
  • Preterm babies – Gum diseases can also be associated with higher risk of preterm and low-birthweight babies.

How can a dentist help?

Most oral health conditions are preventable and can be treated in their early stages. Regularly visiting a general dentist can help you with that. The dentist will:

  • Examine your teeth, gums and mouth
  • Educate you on healthy oral hygiene habits
  • Provide any necessary treatment
  • Work with you to help maintain your oral and general health

Download the Oral Care Fact Sheet

DPV Health Dental Clinics

With the help of DPV Health, you can have Your Dental Care, Your Way!

Get access to affordable private dental, public dental, and emergency dental today.

For more information on DPV Health’s dental services click here.

New Affordable Dental services at DPV Health, Epping Dental Clinic

We make dentistry affordable without sacrificing quality of care. Our dentist have extensive experience in dental care and you will receive the highest quality of care and service.

For a limited time offer we are offering:

$99 Check-up & Clean (normally $151)

  • Full check-up
  • Thorough Clean & Polish
  • Oral Health Plan & Advice
One-off use only.
Whether you are a new patient or an existent public patient you can now take advantage of low-cost dental on general dentistry without the waiting period.

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