Towong Shire

Health Resources

Council works closely with local health services and many key agencies to support women’s health. The information below has been collated from the various agencies listed. Every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, that it is up to date and easy to understand. The information provided is intended to support, not replace a discussion with your doctor or healthcare professional. 

For all medical emergencies phone ‘000’


Nurse-on-Call Victoria

Call 1300 606 024 for the cost of a local call from anywhere in Victoria for health advice 24 hours a day. Calls from mobile phones may be charged at a higher rate.

Nurse-on-Call puts you directly in touch with a registered nurse for caring, professional health advice around the clock. You may need us when:

  • You or someone you’re caring for is feeling unwell;
  • You are not sure if you should seek medical help;
  • You’re away from home or situated a long way from medical help; and
  • You simply want advice or information about health services in your area.



The Royal Women’s Hospital offers a diverse range of A to Z information sheets to support women making choices about contraception. 



Discover some handy tips from the Royal Women’s Hospital on how to establish good breastfeeding practices in the days after your baby is born and beyond.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) also provides a free 24 hour helpline and advice to support breastfeeding mothers - Phone 1800 686 268.

ABA is Australia's largest breastfeeding information and support service. Breastfeeding is a practical, learned skill and ABA help more than 80,000 mothers each year. ABA also provides up-to-date information and continuing education for thousands of health professionals working with mothers and babies. 

Towong Shire has the second highest rate breastfeeding across the state of Victoria. 55% of mothers in the Shire breastfeed their babies up to six months of age compared to the State average of just 35%. Council operates Maternal and Child Health services across the Shire. For more information, click here

Domestic Violence

It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive. In fact, many abusive partners may seem absolutely perfect in the early stages of a relationship. Possessive and controlling behaviors don’t always appear overnight, but rather emerge and intensify as the relationship grows.

Domestic violence doesn’t look the same in every relationship because every relationship is different. But one thing most abusive relationships have in common is that the abusive partner does many different kinds of things to have more power and control over their partner.

If you’re beginning to feel as if your partner or a loved one’s partner is becoming abusive, or have concerns, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline by phoning 1800 799 7233 or visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website for further advice.


Trying to understand or live with diabetes?

Diabetes Australia was established in 1984 as a national organisation supporting people with diabetes and those professional and research bodies particularly concerned with the treatment and prevention of diabetes.

Phone  1300 136 588


Breast Cancer

Breast cancer affects women of all ages, so being breast aware is very important to all women, including young women. To find out more about the resources available to you, please visit the McGrath Foundation websiteAlso, talk to your GP about any concerns you may have.


Heart Care

How do I find out my risk?

There are known risk factors that contribute to your chances of having a heart attack or stroke. A combination of risk factors show your overall likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years - this is known as your 'absolute cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk'. The more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to have a high chance (risk) of having a heart attack or stroke.

Many risk factors are silent killers, as there are no obvious symptoms. You may not even know you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Finding out your absolute CVD risk is as simple as visiting your doctor for a Heart Health Check. Talking to your doctor about your risk factors is the only way you can find out about your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. More importantly, it's the best way to find out how to prevent one. Make an appointment with your GP today.

To go to the National Heart Foundation website, click here



Disclaimer: Towong Shire Council accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies, information perceived as misleading, or the success of any treatment regimen detailed above. We strongly recommend that you consult with your healthcare professional if you have any health concerns. 







Last updated: 11 September 2014