Health & Support Groups

Al-Anon, Box Hill
Support Group for family and friends of alcoholics. Meets every Monday at 10:30am in the hall at the rear of Wesley Uniting Church, corner Station & Oxford Streets, Box Hill.

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic), Hawthorn
Obsessive Compulsive & Anxiety Disorder Support Group, Boroondara Community Health Centre, 378 Burwood Road, Hawthorn. First and third Tuesdays 7:30pm. Family members and carers welcome.

Betting On A Better Life!
Monash Link Community Health project: Ashburton–Ashwood–Chadstone Neighbourhood Renewal area. Do you have gambling concerns? Activities available. Phone Judy Avisar 0426 245897 or 1300 552 509. Email: javisar@monashlink.org.au

Blackburn Take Off Weight Naturally Club
Avenue Neighbourhood House @ Eley, Eley Road, Burwood (Melways 61 H5) Friendly Weight Loss Support. Over 300 clubs Victoria-wide, our Not for Profit weight loss club can help you. Meets Mondays, 9:30–11:30am. Phone Rene Gale 9874 4043 or 0409 010 068.

Boroondara Lupus Support Group
Maggie and Clare are happy to talk to anyone needing some support and/or information regarding lupus. [Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system produces antibodies to cells within the body leading to widespread inflammation and tissue damage.] Phone Maggie 9817 2316 or Clare 9809 4998.

Box Hill Prostate Cancer Support Group
Meet every third Tuesday, 9:30–11:30am at Box Hill RSL Upton Room, Nelson Road, Box Hill. Parking available onsite. Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are encouraged to attend. Please phone Group Leader Frank Blackwell 0408 366 268.

Caring for The Carers, Glen Waverley
MonashLink – 34-38 O’Sullivan Road (Enter via Euneva Avenue) Glen Waverley. Fortnightly group for Carers. Primary carers provide support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, or chronic condition, or someone who is frail aged or has dementia. These carers need support too. Home and Community Care offers support through forums, newsletters and information and referral services. Home and Community Care: 9518 3553. Email: carersupport@monash.vic.gov.au Phone 1300 552 509.  www.monashlink.org.au

Dads in Distress, Ashburton
The Craig Family Centre, 7 Samarinda Avenue, Ashburton. ‘I’m glad someone’s looking after my Dad’.  Separated men are at high risk of suicide due to factors including the pervasive shame they experience when their relationships fail and the displacement and dislocation from family and social supports. Phone 1300 857 437.  www.dadsindistress.asn.au 

Gentle Exercise for Seniors, Burwood East
Burwood Heights Uniting Church, Corner Blackburn Road and Burwood Highway, Burwood East. Program includes simple Tai Chi moves, gentle dance, seated exercises to fun music. First class free. $10 per class. Fridays 11:30am–12:30pm. Phone 0411 033 037.

Healthy Bones Group, Mount Waverley
South East Melbourne Osteoporosis Support Group  Information and support. Meets every second month. Meetings at Mount Waverley Youth Centre or register for newsletter. Phone Carole 95688727.  Email: bonesgroup@hotmail.com

Kara House Outreach Service
Domestic Violence Support Agency providing support to women and women with children, experiencing domestic violence. Specialised support to women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Phone 9877 9711.

Melbourne East Disability Advocacy, Surrey Hills
MEDA provides individual and citizen advocacy to people with intellectual disabilities in Boroondara, Monash, Maroondah and Whitehorse. Phone 9808 8633. Email: office@meda.org.au   www.meda.org.au 

Men’s Group, Camberwell
Camcare, 51 St John’s Avenue, Camberwell. Men’s Support Group meets fortnightly Monday evenings. Encourages men to discuss issues in supportive, confidential, friendly surroundings. Gold coin donation.  Phone Des 0402 522261. Email: camensgp@yahoo.com.au

Monash Aphasia Group, Chadstone
MonashLink – Batesford Hub, 94 Batesford Road, Chadstone. Fortnightly group for Aphasia sufferers and their families. [Aphasia: neurological disorder caused by damage to portions of brain responsible for language. Primary signs  include difficulty in expressing oneself when speaking, trouble understanding speech, difficulty with reading and writing.] Phone 1300 552 509.  www.monashlink.org.au

Parkinson’s Victoria Inc., Camberwell
Camberwell Support Group. Meets at 10am on the last Monday each month at St Mark’s Church Hall, corner Burke and Canterbury roads, Camberwell. Phone Ruth Harrop 9889 3499.

Personal Helpers and Mentors Program, Mount Waverley
Level 1, 12 Hamilton Place, Mount Waverley. Phone 9807 1846. Community-based outreach support for people with mental illness, City of Monash. Enhance people’s existing strengths. Referrals/self-referrals welcome. Free, open-ended program.

Reconnexion
Not-for-Profit organisation providing counselling, group therapy, phone support, information for people experiencing anxiety disorders, depression, sleeping pill/tranquilliser dependency. Phone 1300 273 266.  Email: info@reconnexion.org.au  www.reconnexion.org.au 

Safety Register, City of Monash
In conjunction with Mount Waverley and Glen Waverley police. Register connects older or isolated residents and people with disabilities of Monash with information, newsletter and regular phone calls from volunteers. Phone Laura 9562 0414.

Safety Register, City of Whitehorse
Feel safe and secure at home. Confidential Whitehorse Community Support Register designed to help elderly, disabled or isolated. Maintained by volunteers at Box Hill Police Station. Phone 8892 3385 3385 (Monday–Friday 10am–noon).

Weight loss – Nunawading T.O.W.N. Club
Friendly, low cost, support group for men and women. Meets Wednesdays 6:30 – 8pm at Forest Hill Uniting Church. Ph. Margaret  9894 4942

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