IN FOCUS: Good news on the health care front

Macedon Ranges Health offers a range of subsidies for health care. (Supplied)

Carole Levy

Some people put their health needs at the bottom of the list, which can lead to further health issues.

One reason for this might be that they don’t yet know that affordable health care is available.

Steven Power, Primary Care Co-ordinator at Macedon Ranges Health (MRH) believes it’s important to get the message out that the not-for-profit health centre in Gisborne offers a range of subsidies for people of all ages and financial situations.

“People expect a rebate from a GP visit, but are often unaware of the many state and federal subsidies which can cover or reduce the cost of other health care services available to them,” says Mr Power.

“One of those subsidies is the Victorian government’s Home and Community Care Package for Younger People.

“It provides people who have an injury, short-term health need, chronic illness or are acting as a carer, with affordable services.”

Mr Power says that going to a physio for an injured back or seeking advice on weight management from a dietitian can seem financially out of reach for some.

“Depending on a client’s eligibility and need, these subsidies can help cover physio or podiatry treatment, and provide access to dietetics and nutrition advice, in-home nursing and continence nursing, as well as exercise classes.

Award-winning not-for-profit MRH 
also offers allied health such as psychology, occupational therapy, massage, speech therapy and social activities to stay connected.

To book an appointment at Macedon Ranges Health or find out about eligibility for subsidies, call 5428 0300, or visit