Your appointment with us

All of our staff comply with the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions issued by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer and during face-to-face appointments we will practice the highest standards of infection control and hygiene and will modify our practices and screening measures as directed by the Victorian Department of Health.  Where we are unable to meet with you in person, telehealth options will be offered such as video or telephone calls.

Pandemic Experience Report

Local service providers and community groups have been working hard to support people in our community during the pandemic.  The Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership Board members were interested in learning about people’s experience of the pandemic, what supports they received and what we could do better in the future.

A survey was promoted across Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges Shires.  There were 364 respondents to the survey and the Pandemic Experience Report is now available.  Some of the key findings include:

  • Social connection was the most protective factor for people’s wellbeing.
  • People’s mental health have been negatively impacted – 50% reported negative mental health impacts.
  • Not every one got the right support that they needed – 18% did not get or partially got the right support when they reached out for help.
  • At a time when digital connection is so important, 15% have inadequate access to internet/technology.
  • There are some positives from the pandemic that we need to hold onto – 73% of respondents identified a positive outcome of the pandemic.
  • When asked how could the community better support you, the highest responses were “Unsure” or “Nothing it was great”, which indicates a high level of support.

Face Masks

Wearing a fitted face mask helps keep you and others safe by reducing the transmission of COVID-19.  A face mask includes any fitted paper or textile  that covers the nose and mouth to provide the wearer protection against infection.  It does not have to be medical grade and you can make your own, however it must be fitted so that it covers the nose and the mouth and must always be worn properly.

For more information about face masks, see the Department of Health website.

COVID-19 vaccination: What you need to know

We have created a flyer to help the community learn more about the voluntary, free and safe COVID-19 vaccination program. It includes information such as why it is important, who can get it and where and how to book your vaccination appointment.  It also covers what to expect during your appointment and some of the possible side effects of the vaccine.

Click here for a version that is suited to online viewing

Click here for a version that is suited to printing and providing as a hard copy

Vaccination champions

We are currently sharing with you videos of people in the community who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.  They will talk about why they chose to have it and what their vaccination experience was like.

Our first video features Phillip Ripper, CEO of Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health.  To see the other videos, which will be added each week, click here.

Getting vaccinated: Getting back to the things we love

Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 will help keep us safe plus it will allow us to get back to the things we enjoy about life – back to the good things.  Click on the link to see the Victorian Council of Social Service‘s video campaign.

We encourage all Victorians to get vaccinated when and if they can. Eligibility details can be found hereWe also encourage people to consult with their GP if they have any concerns regarding the vaccination.

COVID-19: Getting tested

Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health has partnered with Western Health to provide a COVID-19 testing site in Sunbury.  Adults and children of all ages can get tested here.  Testing site opening hours will vary depending on demand.  For the current opening times click on the link below.

Western Health, 29 Timins Street, Sunbury

Other local testing sites include:

Kyneton Health, 7-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton.  Call 5422 9900
Central Highlands Rural Health, Daylesford, 17 Hospital Street Daylesford.  Call 5321 6654
CHIRP Community Health, 13 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine. Call 5479 1000

Complete list of testing sites

Looking after your mental health

It is important to look after your mental health during this pandemic. We recognise the feelings of anxiety and concern many people may be experiencing during this time.  Macedon Ranges Shire Council in conjunction with local partners including Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health, has produced a brochure containing useful tips on staying mentally well along with a comprehensive list of resources.

You can also hear from local experts who share tools that can help with your mental health.  See the videos below:

Latest information about COVID-19