Lifeline Central Victoria & Mallee

Provides 24/7 crisis support via the 13 11 14 crisis support line and other suicide prevention services.

More information on the Lifeline Website


StandBy Murray

StandBy Murray supports anyone who has been bereaved or impacted by suicide, including individuals, families, friends, colleagues, schools, community groups, first responders and service providers.  StandBy provides crisis support, information, referrals and locally tailored workshops.  StandBy works within the Murray Primary Health Network region, which includes North East, North West, and Central Victoria, and the Goulburn Valley.  

More information on the Standby Website


Murray PHN

Murray PHN (Primary Health Network) commenced on 1 July 2015 as a part of the national network of 31 PHNs across Australia, which replaced the Medicare Local program.  Murray PHN works closely with the health system to identify areas to improve, either through the better coordination and support of health services or by commissioning new services to address needs.  The catchment of Murray PHN is significant in both size and diversity. Spanning northern Victoria, and including Albury, NSW, the Murray PHN covers an area of almost 100,000 square km and it will impact health services that are accessed by more than 563,000 people.  The Australia Government has identified national objectives and key priority areas for Primary Health Networks. These frame the focus of our organisation and we will be guided by both community and clinical input to improve health outcomes in these areas. They include Mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, Population health, Health workforce, eHealth, and Aged Care. National priority areas are Avoidable hospital presentations, Cancer prevention, Immunisation and Mental health.

For more information, see their website.


Northern District Community Health

Northern District Community Health is a stand-alone community health service in the Gannawarra Shire and northern end of the Loddon Shire. With sites in Boort, Cohuna, Kerang, Pyramid Hill, and Quambatook, and shared spaces in a number of communities across the region including into the Buloke Shire, NDCH has a medical clinic in Kerang and provides a range of primary health and health promotion services right across our service area including allied health, nursing, counselling, alcohol and drug withdrawal, and other community support services. NDCH is a registered NDIS service provider.
Phone: (03) 5451 0200
Medical Clinic: (03) 5452 1366


Boort District Health

Boort District Health offers a 24 hour Urgent Care Centre for anyone requiring medical attention or assistance.
Qualified Registered Nursing staff assess patient needs, liaise with the on call Doctor and facilitate referrals to appropriate professionals as required.
Boort District Health does not offer any on site counselling, mental health or social work services.
Phone: (03) 5451 5200
Fax: (03) 5455 2502



Headspace is a National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
At headspace Bendigo we have mental health clinicians who work off a 10 session model of care and provide counselling for young people aged 12-25 with mild to moderate mental health concerns. We also have Doctors, alcohol and other drug workers, and vocational specialists to assist with job seeking.
At Headspace Bendigo, all services are free, including our GP services. No formal referral is required.
We are located at 78-80 Pall Mall Bendigo, Victoria, 3550.
If you are interested in our services and want further information contact us on:
Phone: (03) 5434 5345.

eheadspace provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 - 25 and their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help. eheadspace a national service available all around Australia

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Bendigo Health

Bendigo Health Psychiatric Services (BHPS) provides 24 hour access to mental health services across the region and it Regional Psychiatric Triage Service (RTS) in the single point of entry for contact. RTS can be contacted on 1300363788. While referrals can be made through various sources: including General Practitioners, health, welfare and emergency agencies and concerned family and community members, every referral is screened and appropriate follow up coordinated through BHPS Regional Triage service. Based on the information provided, triage clinicians who are qualified mental health practitioners determine if a psychiatric assessment is required and how urgently this needs to happen.

Throughout this region BHPS offers mental health services and support across all age groups:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health services – community based service for ages between 0 – 17 years.
Youth Mental Health Services – Residential and community based services for ages between 18 – 25 years.
Adult Mental Health Service’s – inpatient, residential and community based services for ages between 25 – 64 years.
Older Persons Mental Health Service – Inpatient and community based services for ages 65 years and older.

The majority of our multidisciplinary clinical services, including all residential and inpatient facilities are located in Bendigo. However BHPS also has clinical teams located in Swan Hill, Echuca, Kyneton, Castlemaine and Maryborough.




HALT aims to remind tradies they are valued by their community, and direct them to support services, both local and national, should they need them. HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) works in conjunction with communities to host ‘SAVE YOUR BACON’ brekkies.
HALT builds the bridge between both local and national support services for people at risk of suicide in the local community.
That is, to facilitate the spreading of information and raise awareness of groups such as Lifeline and Beyond Blue, open up conversations and break through the stigma attached to mental health.
We have identified a need for greater support for people at risk, especially men in ‘tradie’ occupations, although we recognize the need for such support is broad. HALT's vision is that every tradie in Australia knows how to look after their mental health and wellbeing
We know that social connection is always good for our mental health but it is the HALT bags that carry the important message to take home. Each bag contains information on mental health, well-being and suicide prevention. There is information on how to manage stress, depression and anxiety and importantly, where to go when you or a mate needs help. Material comes from local health services, as well as bigger national organizations such as Beyond Blue and Lifeline. HALT are not counsellors, but rather, a connection between our tradies and the services that can help. Our role is to help facilitate the spread of information already available.

Origin of HALT
In 2013 on a not-so-sunny day, a sad and tragic event affected the lives of two Castlemaine locals. A family lost a loved one, the community lost a valued member and we lost a friend. The ripple effect was huge.
A house painter and a visual artist asked themselves, “What can we do to support our mates, our families and our partners in the trade industry who just aren’t coping?” From that conversation began a community movement to support our men and women in the trades. An event to remind tradies they are valued by the community, and helping them to link into support services, for themselves and for their mates.

HALT was born with the support of a concerned community, and went on to host the first ‘SAVE YOUR BACON’ Brekky in Castlemaine, November 2013, for those in the building industry. It all started early one morning in a timber yard of a local hardware store. Rotarians busy behind the BBQ cooking a breakfast of bacon and eggs, hot coffee brewing – all thanks to the generosity of local companies and individuals.

The ‘SAVE YOUR BACON’ brekkies have travelled across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. At last count, HALT had held over 200 ‘Save your Bacon’ events in hardware stores, TAFEs, sporting clubs, secondary colleges, Men’s Sheds, the farming and mining communities, corporations and private businesses.



SalvoCare Northern provides a range of Alcohol and Other Drugs services in the Loddon Mallee Region. We are here to support any and all people who may be experiencing any form of miss-use and or dependence to alcohol or any other drugs. If you, a loved one, or friend require some support or information, please contact us on (03) 5440 8410. Even if you don't know what it is you need, feel free to call us for a chat.



Dingee Bush Nursing Centre

Dingee Bush Nursing Centre (DBNC) provides a range of health services to Dingee and surrounding communities.
Operating since 1923, DBNC strives to be responsive to the health care needs of the community.
Our Mission is to be responsive to the rural health needs and to promote continuous improvement in the health and well-being of the people in our community. DBNC is run by qualified Registered Nurses and provides all nursing services, community health programs/screens, women’s health, health assessments and referrals, Domiciliary Midwifery, and Immunisations to name a few.
Phone: (03) 5436 8309
Fax: (03) 5438 8388


Inglewood District Health Services (IDHS)

Social Work, Mental Health and Counselling services work in a variety of ways to assist the individual, family and community identify strengths and resources, utilizing these to attain a positive outcome. These services can assist with the following:
· Relationship and family issues
· Grief and Bereavement
· Children and Parenting
· Centrelink advocacy/information
· Accommodation
· Family Violence
· Stress Management
· Coping with Change
· Advocacy
· Support
· Referral
· Anxiety
· Depression
· Mental health assessment
· Psychiatric review*

*organised through external provider

For further information contact IDHS 5431 7000.


Anglicare Victoria

At Anglicare Victoria we are committed to child safety and assisting children, young people, adults and families to make positive change in their lives. We operate services including: Home-based care, residential care, family and parenting support, emergency aid, youth programs, alcohol and drugs programs, education support, specialised counselling, parish partnerships and community development.
We can work with you to:
• Discuss what’s important to you
• Expand your community and social life
• Add to your practical life skills
• Broaden your access to education
• Enhance your parenting skills
• We also:
• Focus on the needs of young people and children
• Support families and carers
• Offer a flexible approach that suits you

Planned Respite Service
The Planned Respite Service operates through Anglicare Victoria's North Central Region via the contact points listed below.
It offers Planned Respite to Carers and Consumers living with mental illness who reside in the Loddon Mallee Region.
The service is flexible and respite is provided in a form that best suits the needs identified by the Carer and Consumer.
Respite can provide Carers and Consumers with time to focus on their social, emotional and physical needs.

Contact us: 

For Bendigo, Echuca, Kyneton & Maryborough Regions, Contact :
10 Mundy Street
Telephone: 03 5440 1100
For Swan Hill & Mildura Regions, Contact:
62 McCallum Street
Swan Hill
Telephone: 03 5036 3200

Royal Flying Doctors Mental Health & Wellbeing

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) continues to offer FREE mental health appointments in Boort

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Victoria continues to offer free mental health appointments with mental health accredited Social Worker, David Turnbull.

David has been providing support to the Boort community since 2019 and has a great understanding of both the challenges and the rewards of living in the bush. David is passionate about continuing to provide high quality mental health care to the Boort community.

“Understanding the challenges of living in the bush is why I am dedicated to supporting people doing it tough in rural and remote communities,” says David.

RFDS is encouraging people aged 18 years and older to reach out and make an appointment if you are experiencing:

  • Low mood or depression
  • Anxiety, persistent worry or stress
  • Relationship or family difficulties
  • Financial stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Concerns for a family member of a friend
  • Or any other mental health and wellbeing concerns

If you are experiencing these or other symptoms, David is available to support you in person at Boort District Health every second week. Appointments via phone or video are also available.

No GP referral is required to access this service. You can contact Flying Doctor Wellbeing directly or ask your trusted health professional to put you in touch.

To find out more or to make an appointment, contact the Flying Doctor Wellbeing team on (03) 8412 0480 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Womens Health Loddon Mallee

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee (WHLM) lead change by advocating for the health and wellbeing of women across the Loddon Mallee Region, with strategic focus on sexual and reproductive health, primary prevention of violence against women, mental health and wellbeing, and gender equity.

WHLM recognises that women in our communities are diverse and have a variety of needs, circumstances and aspirations that affect their lives and their health. We are committed to working towards a future that sees equitable distribution of power and resources across all gender groups.

We work within an intersectional feminist framework to achieve gender equality by providing health information, education and support to local government, organisations, education providers, and community groups.


STRIDE for better mental health

Founded in 1907, Stride (formerly known as Aftercare) is a not-for-profit organisation delivering programs and services across the mental health care and disability sectors in NSW, QLD, ACT, TAS and regional Victoria. Working alongside you, we’re 100% dedicated to providing specialist mental health services which improve the lifelong mental health of children, young people and adults – and help people with complex needs live better. We’ll set you on a path to find your motivation, resilience, and ultimately, your strength. Our services include:

• NDIS services for adults

• Housing and accommodation services for youth and adults

• Family and carer support services

• Youth services

• Children's services

The first step is the biggest

We can be contacted via

Phone: 1300 001 907 or Bendigo landline (03) 5406 0333

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Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services

Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services (LCMS) is a leading not-for-profit multicultural organisation. Our role is to support, strengthen, engage with and lift the voices of people from multicultural backgrounds across the region.

Our staff are highly experienced and speak a number of community languages, including Arabic, Bahasa Malaysia, Burmese, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, French, Hakka, Hazaraghi, Hokkien, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai and Turkish.

Phone: 03 5441 6644

Address: 437 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo, Victoria, 3550

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North Central Local Learning & Employment Network (NCLLEN)

The North Central LLEN is an incorporated association that partners with a range of groups and organisations including education and training providers, business and industry, community agencies, and parent and family organisations to assist in planning effective delivery of programs for young people.

The VISION of the NCLLEN is children and young people who are confident and capable, and on their way to success in life and work. 

The PURPOSE of the NCLLEN is to support children and young people to actively participate in education, training, employment and the community. 

The North Central LLEN aims to achieve its purpose through the facilitation and coordination of partnerships that deliver support to children, young people, their families and carers experiencing rural disadvantage, social isolation, and from low socio-economic backgrounds within the Shires of Loddon, Buloke and the community of St Arnaud in the Northern Grampians Shire.

Address: 9c High Street
Charlton VIC 3525

Phone: 03 5491 1144
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