Improving rural health outcomes

Here to help: Strathbogie Shire Council rural outreach worker Brian Hill at a recent outreach community event in Euroa. Photo by Contributed

Strathbogie Shire Council rural outreach worker Brian Hill is encouraging those in need to reach out to link in with local support services.

After joining the council in the role last year, Mr Hill has attended several outreach events, regularly visits the Euroa cattle sales and pops up in other areas across the shire.

Mr Hill recently attended the first-time parent groups and outreach community forum in Euroa as events ramp up following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strathbogie Shire Council Mayor Laura Binks encouraged people to reach out and get in touch to be referred for Mr Hill’s services.

“We encourage anyone who feels like they may need some support to seek help through our rural outreach worker, Brian Hill,” Cr Binks said.

“Brian provides a valuable link between rural community members and various support services and agencies so you can get the appropriate assistance for any issues you may be facing.”

Cr Binks said Mr Hill could also link people in with new men’s health checks, conducted by Primary Care Connect.

“The health checks are now available in Euroa, by appointment, through the AgriClinic Program,” she said.

“The checks only take 90 minutes and you can check a number of health factors including your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, hearing, vision, your skin and much more.

“We know statistically that rural men do not often seek out preventative health measures, so this is a fantastic way to check in on your health to make sure you can continue to strive and work in a rural setting.

“You can also find out tips on how to improve your health outcomes, learn how to keep you and your family safe and obtain suitable personal protective equipment.”

To find out more about the AgriClinic health checks and to access council’s rural outreach services, phone council on 1800 065 993 or email info@strathbogie.vic.gov.au