Health and wellbeing books

Books 2CGH Library has a good collection of books for all staff to borrow.

 Some are short and easy to read, some are longer tomes.

 Browse the full collection by going to the link

 Or drop into the library to scan the titles that will suit you from the WELLvember Display. 

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Concert brings out smiles

New dustyThe ‘Dusty, Doris and Me’ concert brought back many memories for five clients from  JH McDonald Wing at Maffra Hospital recently.

 Well known entertainer, Wendy Stapleton, starred in the concert in the Sale Memorial Hall. She is pictured welcoming the Maffra visitors and staff.

As well as the great music, morning tea was provided of slice and scones with jam and cream.



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Get active in WELLvember

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Pilates or Physiotherapy Gym – there are plenty of opportunities to get active during WELLvember.

Access to the gym in the Community Rehab Centre will be available to staff during WELLvember before 7.30am, between noon and 12.50pm and after 4.30pm. Staff simply need to sign in.

There are signs on how to use various items beside each piece of equipment.

Pilates classes will be held from 10am to 10.45am on 8, 15 and 29 November in the Physio area, weather permitting, or in the Physio Gym.

Pilates exercise is famous for developing strength flexibility and coordination.


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‘Gathering of Kindness’

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Central Gippsland Health will be celebrating a ‘Gathering of Kindness’ tomorrow and has invited members of the community to join in activities across its Sale, Maffra and Heyfield sites.

The event was created in 2015 by Mary Freer and Dr Catherine Crock of the Hush Foundation, after identifying the direct correlation between organisational negativity and staff wellbeing and effectiveness. 

CGH Chief Executive, Dr Frank Evans, said the Gathering of Kindness aimed to redress this by building, nurturing and instilling a culture of kindness throughout the healthcare system.

He said the inaugural Hush Foundation’s Gathering of Kindness in 2016 inspired CGH staff to plan their own event this year.

“That first event asked 100 participants – actors, healthcare clinicians, artists, musicians and innovators – to imagine that kindness, trust and respect were the fundamental components of the healthcare system, and that bullying was unacceptable,” he said. “Collectively they proposed a better way forward.

“The overwhelming success of the inaugural GOK has inspired us to expand it in 2017 into multiple venues and to broaden participation.”

The key theme this year is ‘The Power of Kindness/Continuing the Conversation’. The five-day Gathering of Kindness will provide participants with the opportunity to share their ideas, their work and their projects.

Redesign Project Officer/Undergraduate Coordinator at CGH, Sue Martin, encouraged the community to join with CGH staff in this “important event”.

“The aim of the event is to better understand how we can improve our healthcare environment for all stakeholders, including staff and consumers,” she said. “Everyone has a role to play – kindness starts within all of us.”

The main day tomorrow will run at CGH from 7am to 5pm across all campuses. Kindness Boards will be located around Sale Hospital, Maffra Hospital, Stretton Park and Laurina Lodge in Heyfield for people to write “kindness” notes. Gathering of Kindness badges will be available as well as t-shirts to purchase.

A launch will be held at 11.30am across all campuses which will be followed by a lunch and open forum.

A play about kindness in health care called ‘What Matters’ will be screened in the lecture hall at the Sale campus at noon on November 10 by the Hush Foundation. Bookings are essential. For more details contact Sue Martin on 5143 8578 or email


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Making a stand against family violence

CGH is again running a family violence awareness campaign as a part of WELLvember.

 This time, the focus is on the message that it important for men to stand up to drive change to stop harassment and violence towards women.

 CGH Social Health Manager, Kristen Millar, said the CGH campaign was utilising the current social media trend developed by Australian journalist and Screenwriter Benjamin Law, #HowIWillChange, who launched the campaign via twitter in response to the #MeToo campaign.

 #MeToo was started to promote awareness of the number of women who have been victims of sexual harassment or abuse.

 “Benjamin wanted to identify what men could do to stand up and create change, and as a result of his initial tweet, he has sparked a growing number of men coming forward on twitter to identify what changes they personally can make to inspire a cultural shift,” Kristen said.

 “This message is closely aligned to the MATE training that has been undertaken by the engineering/environmental staff including two of the participants in this year’s beard shave, Scott Ault and David Brennan.

 “MATE training focuses strongly on how to be an active bystander and the power in which a bystander has to make a difference towards gender equality and men’s violence against women. The third participant is Paul Head (Director of Residential Aged Care), who grew his beard for last year’s campaign and decided to continue to grow his beard for a year to raise awareness that family violence is an ongoing issue and shouldn’t be silenced.”


All three participants have written statement about what they will do to continue to drive change, utilising the hashtag #HowIWillChange.

Kristen said these statements would be used as a part of a video and poster display around CGH during WELLvember, sending out a new message and information around gender equality and how individuals could stand up against men’s violence towards women each week via staff email.

The “Shave Day” is Friday 24 November and hairdressers from Zienna Hair have volunteered to come and shave the participants

 “We will be asking for people who come to participate to write their own statement about how they will be active in standing up against violence,” Kristen said.

 “There will also be a speaker from the community who will speak about their experience with family violence and the importance of standing up against it.”

 A gold coin donation will be sought on the day with the money raised going to the local ‘Make the Link’ project that is active in advocating for change in the Wellington Shire, as well as providing education and promotional resources regarding gender equality.

 ‘Make the Link’ will have resources and promotional material available on the day to support the campaign.

 For more information, contact Kristy on 5143 8571.

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Lots to do in WELLvember

Franks runAbove: CEO Frank Evans taking part in ‘Frank’s Run’ at last year’s WELLvember.


The WELLvember program starts tomorrow with the Gathering of Kindness day to be celebrated across all sites.

Manager Community Health and Partnerships, Ruth Churchill, said a big program of activities had been planned for the month with some still being added to the calendar.

One activity which has been running for the past few weeks as been the WELLvember Ideas Challenge with staff asked for their ideas on what they would like to see introduced. Ruth said some great ideas had been rolling in but more were needed. There will also be a prize for the most innovative and sustainable ideas implemented.

“A small budget is available to help get ideas up and running,” Ruth said.

Contact Ruth on 5143 8839 or Linde Coggan on 5143 8844 for more details.

Other highlights include two healthy lunches in the Sale campus cafeteria on 8 and 15 of November. A Park Run will be held every Saturday, starting at 8am and leaving from the Soundshell in the Botanic Gardens.

Frank’s Run is on 16 November at the Port of Sale between 5.30 and 7.30pm with a free barbecue available at the finish line. Participants will run a 5.05km loop anti-clockwise along the canal, under Cox’s bridge, turn right at the wetlands carpark through to Maxfields Road to the back of Lake Guyatt and back to the Port. 

A Charity Crackerjack Night will be held at the Sale Bowls Club at 5.30pm for a 6pm start on Thursday 16 November. The charities are the Sale Hospital and Seaspray Surf Club. Cost is $30 a team (bowls supplied if necessary) with a sausage sizzle and drinks available. To enter phone Bill Jennings on 5144 2153 by Tuesday 7 November.

Massages and the Physio Gym will be spread across the campus throughout the month as well as pilates.

CGH is also hosting a 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course to teach people to learn how to assist someone experiencing mental health problems.

CGH is partnering with Wellington Primary Care Partnership and the Victorian Government to run the course over four nights – today, 8, 15 and 22 November in the Lecture Hall from 5.30-9pm.

The government has provided the funding for the free training to give rural communities the practical skills to support one another in times of hardship. For details call Kerry on 5143 8845.

Look out for flyers being distributed about various events or contact Ruth for more information.

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Birthday to remember

The 100th birthday of Agnes, a resident at JH McDonald Wing at Maffra Hospital, turned out to be a community celebration.

Diversional Therapist Kirsty Snyder and Nurse Unit Manager Leah Adams put out a request to local community groups associated with the hospital’s activities calendar for birthday cards and the response was overwhelming.

The aim was to present Agnes with 100 birthday cards on her 100th birthday.

The cards flooded into the hospital including many from staff. Maffra Neighbourhood House put the project on its Facebook page which had more than 2000 views. Cards came from as far as Traralgon with best wishes.

The community groups who handed in bundles of cards included Duke St Kindergarten,

Maffra Anglican Church, Maffra Girl Guides, Maffra Hospital Auxiliary, Maffra Neighbourhood house and Maffra Uniting Church.

Maffra Primary School students visited the hospital on the day of Agnes’ birthday and one by one, presented Agnes with a hand-made cards and a paper daisy chain. The students had been practising some “old” songs for weeks so residents and family who attended the birthday party could sing along.

Agnes’ family brought along a beautiful cake while a hospital staff member made a large cream cake so there was enough to go around. 

Meanwhile Kirsty has been building a pen friend project which encourages the community to continue to send letters and postcards to residents in long term care.

For more information, email or if you can visit a resident once a fortnight, contact Maffra District Hospital McDonald wing and ask for Kirsty.

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