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Support for the community

13 May, 2020

There is so much gratitude for how the community is providing support for our healthcare workers, who continue to work hard to keep us all safe. Thank you all.

Although there are some changes to social distancing measures, the pandemic is nowhere near over and we urge everyone to stay at home as much as possible.

To support your wellbeing at a distance, staff are working together to provide you with activities and content to help keep you engaged, healthy and happy at home.

Keep an eye out for videos plus more with the ‘US’ stamp! Much of the content will be posted on this page, and also shared on social media. You can join our Facebook community to see all updates.

1. Introduction
Louise from Allied Health introduces a new video series created by staff to support the community’s wellbeing from a distance.

2. Tips on eating well and staying healthy through COVID-19
Jasmine, a dietician working at Williamstown Hospital in western Melbourne, shares tips on how to eat well during the Coronavirus pandemic to optimise your overall wellbeing.

3. International Nurses Day
The 12 May celebrates the enormous contribution that nurses make around the world. To all our nurses we say a huge “thank you”.

4. Keeping occupied and maintaining good routines during a pandemic/COVID-19
Emily and Ljubinka, Occupational Therapists at Western Health, share some advice and tips on how you can remain active and maintain a balanced routine at home during COVID-19.

5. Sleep management 
Your sleep might have been impacted by COVID-19. Occupational Therapists, Bianca and Jess, run through some quick tips on how to improve your sleep during this time.

6. How to stay active at the computer
We can spend up to 9 hours a day sitting down, which can have short and long term effects on our mental and physical health. Physiotherapist Christopher demonstrates the four key things to do to stay active whilst working at the computer.

How to stay active at a computer - Western Health

7. Reading a book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A much-loved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, read by Hilary and Kamini, Paediatric Speech Pathologists at Sunshine Hospital. The story is aimed at children aged two – seven, but can be enjoyed by all!

8. What’s in the sand? 
A vocabulary development activity based on sensory play and aimed at 2.6 – 3 year olds, presented by Hilary and Kamini, Paediatric Speech Pathologists at Sunshine Hospital.

9. Playtime with pre-schoolers
Having young children at home 24/7 can be challenging. To support you, Leanne and Ranae, from the Paediatric Occupational Therapy team (Allied Health Service) share some tips and ideas, like ensuring a balance between structured learning activities and free play.

10. Stress management
Caitlin and Victoria provide tips and advice on how to manage stress, including some great recommendations of apps and support lines.

11. Looking after your mental and emotional health
From consciously limiting social media/news and having a good routine, to staying socially connected (from a distance) yet having downtime, Lyndal and Sharon share tips and advice on looking after your mental health.

12. Keeping your brain active
Feeling mentally sluggish? Psychologist Kathleen shares five tips for more deliberate action to exercise your brain and develop thinking skills.

13. Adult speech pathology
Staying in touch and socialising with family and friends at the moment can be particularly hard for people with communication impairments. Theresa, Speech Pathologist, shares tips on how to communicate better with family and friends with these social challenges.

14. Pencil grip
Here are some on-point and creative tips from Leanne and Ranae from the Paediatric Occupational Therapy department.

15. Maintaining good foot health
Maintaining good foot health is an vital aspect of our overall wellbeing. Podiatrists Anna and Simone have put together some easy steps to happy feet.