Welcome to Bellarine Community Health

Bellarine Community Health Ltd (BCH) is the major provider of primary health services to the Bellarine Peninsula.

BCH operates from five health centres in Drysdale (two sites), Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and Portarlington. BCH is a registered Community Health Service under the Health Services Act 1988 (Vic).

A number of key principles underpin the operations of Bellarine Community Health.

  • Bellarine Community Health is a pivotal and critical player in improving health of the Bellarine Communities
  • Access and social equity are vital to improving personal and community health outcomes
  • Community Engagement is paramount
  • Bellarine Community Health respects the diversity and autonomy of professional practice
  • Bellarine Community Health is committed to making positive contributions to primary health care
  • Bellarine Community Health is committed to building effective communication, collaboration and partnerships between Primary Health Care and the wider health system in the delivery of quality health care to the communities of the Bellarine

Why Choose Us

BCH offers the broad range of primary health services required by the local community which include

Allied Health

Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Nutrition and Dietetics

Community nursing and support

Home Nursing, Palliative Care and Continence Clinic

Young people's services

including a dedicated clinic and specialised health and support services for young people

Public dental services

including a dedicated clinic and specialised health and support services for young people

Children's programs

Exercise group & social programs

Supporting local projects and activities to influence the causes of poor health

Children's programs

With specialised clinicians in Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Nutrition/Dietetics

Group gym programs

Gyms at Point Lonsdale and Portarlington for social programs

Mental health support

Youth, family and adult counselling

What makes us different to the others

Our Executive Team

  • Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Kathy Russell
  • Acting Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Dillon Butten
  • Executive Director Child, Youth & Families – Liz Womersley
  • Executive Director Primary Care & Aged Services – (Announcement Pending)
  • BCH Organisational Chart

Purpose Statement

We deliver high quality services and programs that improve the health and wellbeing of our community.

This means that we always innovate and develop what we do to align with the health and wellbeing needs of people on the Bellarine.

Guiding Principles

These principles are at front of mind in all decision making and operational processes.

  • We strive to become a sustainable organisation with a strategic mindset
  • We value and support our staff, clients and volunteers
  • We work with our community to design services and programs to meet their needs
  • We act at all times in the interests of the organisation and the community
  • We are guided by best practice actions – always