How to balance school, homework and a social life

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Do you remember your days as a teenager? How did you spend your time after school? An average high school student juggles around homework, sport and their social life on a daily basis.
From my experience I have been able to juggle these activities with a very busy timetable.
I am a straight A student, who does a lot of sport and activities, has good friends and still gets 8 hours of sleep every day!... READ MORE

Reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke

Tue 15 Aug 2017

Reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke with Inspiro Lilydale's free program.

Topics covered by the program include: Healthy eating and weight control, physical activity and more...... READ MORE

Inspiro Survey Winners

Thu 10 Aug 2017

Congratulations to our Inspiro Survey 2017 prize winners. The winners will be contacted by phone and email. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey, your responses have helped us to improve the quality of our services that we provide to the public.... READ MORE

Free 30 minute foot care podiatry assessment at Inspiro

Wed 9 Aug 2017

Free 45 minute foot care podiatry assessment at Inspiro in September and October 2017

Enjoy a free 30 minute foot assessment with a podiatrist. Available for anyone who hasn’t seen a podiatrist at Inspiro before or in the last 12 months. Cost: Free - limit of one appointment per person.

Location: Inspiro Lilydale – 17 Clarke Street.... READ MORE

Feed your awesome - Body image and eating disorders awareness week

Wed 9 Aug 2017

The Feed Your Awesome, Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week in September aims to raise awareness of these health threatening conditions and take the opportunity to celebrate our bodies - unique, diverse, strong and beautiful! So join with us and celebrate this important week in your own way.... READ MORE

An Aussie cheerleader talks about exercise and diet

Wed 2 Aug 2017

Exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle. We must get at least one hour of physical activity every day. Sport develops strength, social skills, teamwork, thinking skills and more.
My sport is cheerleading, I don’t shake pom poms at a football match, but I do stunt and flip. I do is All Star cheerleading, aka competitive cheer. There are 6 levels and I currently do level 4.... READ MORE

Occupational therapy for children at Inspiro

Tue 1 Aug 2017

Inspiro’s occupational therapists can help support a child’s development through addressing delays with hyperactivity, walking, sitting and clumsiness.

Inspiro’s children’s occupational therapy helps preschool-aged children improve their motor skills and get ready for school. This service is available in Lilydale, Tecoma and Upwey.... READ MORE

Podiatry services for Yarra Valley and Yarra Ranges residents

Thu 27 Jul 2017

Occasionally Inspiro runs free podiatry month sessions for local residents. Subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when they occur.
Do you have flat feet, back pain, calluses, sore feet or nail problems? Ignoring these issues now can cause substantial pain later in life or cause problems in other parts of your body that can go undiagnosed. 

Health, Lilydale, Podiatry

Free counselling for youth and teens in the Yarra Ranges and Yarra Valley

Wed 26 Jul 2017

Inspiro has free youth and teen counselling for young adults and high school aged youth located in the Yarra Ranges and the Yarra Valley.  Call us on 97388801.

Being a teen or a young adult can be difficult sometimes and just like adult’s teens can face a huge range of problems and difficulties.... READ MORE

advice, Counselling, Lilydale, Support, Youth

Inspiro dietitian approved salmon and sweet potato patties

Thu 13 Jul 2017

Salmon and sweet potato patties are one of my favouite back up, always in the cupboard and ready to go meals. They're also easy to make.  They are high in omega 3 (great for your brain and heart), they have good quality, low GI carbohydrate and can be served with whatever salad or vegetables you have on hand.  


48% of Australian children get cavities before the age of 5

Tue 11 Jul 2017

Did you know that 48% of Australian children get cavities before the age of 5? 

And for many children the situation can be far worse than a few fillings. At Inspiro we are seeing more and more children with advanced tooth decay. Many of these children are needing major tooth work such as complete tooth removal and crowns, often requiring anaesthesia and costing parents many thousands of dollars.... READ MORE

advice, children/babies, Community, Dental, Health, Lilydale, teeth

Inspiro to provide Medication Support Service to prevent pharmaceutical drug overdose

Fri 7 Jul 2017

Inspiro partners with Connect4Health to provide a Medication Support Service program aimed at preventing pharmaceutical drug overdose

Eastern Melbourne PHN (EMPHN) will provide $850,000 to Connect4Health to deliver a Victorian first Medication Support Service program. The program will provide specialist assessment and treatment programs for individuals and families affected by pharmaceutical misuse or dependence.... READ MORE

Are persimmons healthy? Inspiro dietitian Tracey talks about one of the lesser known fruits

Tue 4 Jul 2017

How good for me are persimmons? Persimmons are high in vitamins A, C, B6, Iron, Potassium and other minerals. Persimmons are also packed with fibre which aids in digestion and helps lower cholesterol. 

What's the best way to eat a persimmon...?... READ MORE

Kids with less teeth enamel need special dental care

Tue 4 Jul 2017

I recently visited a local kinder to teach the kids how to take care of their teeth. While there I do a basic dental check-up for the children, which enables us to spot problems early before they become painful and costly...

It’s best to get children’s teeth checked regularly to protect and increase the chances of saving any teeth with hypoplasia and hypomineralisation early on. If the hypoplasia, hypomineralisation and tooth decay are not detected early on then the results can be devastating and expensive.... READ MORE

advice, children/babies, Community, Dental

Are Australian's really racist? Jellina reviews Deadly Unna

Thu 29 Jun 2017

Imagine you were Blacky after being labelled a gutless wonder. How suddenly your skin feels like lava, the doubts that claw the back of your mind, the fear of making a fool of yourself. This is what I imagine someone would feel after being judged, called a name or labeled in front of everyone.    ... READ MORE

Community, Depression, Support

The facts on coconut oil - Healthy or unhealthy?

Wed 28 Jun 2017

Is coconut oil healthy or the best choice?

The hype surrounding coconut oil in the media and among health-conscious folk over the past couple of years has been hard to ignore. Considered a staple ingredient of the popular ‘Paleo diet’ and ‘clean eating’ diet trends; hailed as the latest ‘superfood’ aiding weight loss; and heralded with anti-microbial and anti-viral properties – coconut oil has ignited controversial discussion among health professionals and the public.... READ MORE

advice, Dietitian, Health, nutrition

Coco-date healthy bliss balls

Wed 28 Jun 2017

After making these balls for a small event I had a request from a friend to share my recipe for my coco-date balls. So here it is :). I hope you enjoy.

Coco-date healhty bliss balls

1 CUP fresh medjool dates, de-pitted and finely chopped
½ C slivered almonds...... READ MORE

Dietitian, Health, meals, Recipes

Women’s cancer support group in the Yarra Ranges

Mon 26 Jun 2017

Did you know that in 2017 there have been 17,586 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia?
Even less well known is that men get breast cancer as well! In 2017 144 Australian men were diagnosed.

It’s estimated that breast cancer accounts for 13% of all new cancer cases diagnosed. In 2013 breast cancer was the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, and it is estimated that it will become the most commonly diagnosed cancer in 2017... READ MORE

Community, groups, Lilydale, Support, women's

Inspiro's groups and programs cater for children, adults and the elderly

Fri 23 Jun 2017

Inspiro's groups, programs and services include a range of activities that cater for all ages, stages of life and challenges. We cater for young children, youth, adults, parents and older people. For more information on any particular group, program or service in this list call Inspiro on 97388801.... READ MORE

Community, groups, Support

Dorothea Warr Industry PhD Scholarship in Community Health Services

Thu 22 Jun 2017

The Dorothea Warr Industry PhD scholarship, established by La Trobe University in partnership with Inspiro and the Dorothea Warr Scholarship Foundation, will be awarded to a qualified applicant with a background in Allied Health or Nursing.... READ MORE


Free teeth check and dental work for children in the Yarra Ranges

Thu 22 Jun 2017

Did you know that 48% of Australian children get cavities before the age of 5?

And for many children the situation is much worse than cavities. At Inspiro we are seeing more and more children with advanced tooth decay. Many of these children are needing major tooth work such as complete tooth removal and crowns, often costing parents many thousands of dollars.... READ MORE

advice, Community, Dental, Healesville, Health, Lilydale

Shopping smarter at the supermarket

Mon 19 Jun 2017

Learn to shop smarter at the supermarket with dietitian Tracey Higgins

Recently, Inspiro dietitian Tracey Higgins talked about why she loves running supermarket tours in her local community. She also provided 14 tips on healthy snacks for work and home. This week Tracey has some tips for shopping smarter at the supermarket.

Tracey's 6 important tips for shopping at the supermarket are:... READ MORE

advice, Community, Dietitian, education, Health, meals, nutrition

Inspiro survey - win an Ipad or one of five $50 vouchers

Thu 15 Jun 2017

Inspiro values the feedback you provide by completing this short survey.

By completing the survey you have the chance to win an Apple iPad Mini or one of five $50 gift vouchers.... READ MORE

7 great food choices to keep your teeth healthy

Fri 9 Jun 2017

Does food actually affect the health of your teeth? If it does, how do we take care of those pearly whites?
Did you know that oral health problems are the second most expensive disease group to treat each year Australia wide? Here are seven food choices you can make to keep your teeth healthy inside and out.... READ MORE

advice, children/babies, Dental, Dietitian, Healthy, nutrition, teeth

11 holes in 20 teeth, and only 4 years old

Fri 9 Jun 2017

My four-year-old daughter visited the dentist a couple of months ago for her annual check-up. At her last check up, everything was fine...I didn’t think there would be much to worry about. So I was in disbelief when the dentist told me my daughter had 11 holes in her teeth – yes, 11 holes!... READ MORE

advice, children/babies, Community, Dental, Healesville, Health, Lilydale, teeth

Why we should have sugar taxes

Sat 3 Jun 2017

Australia has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world. In the last 25 years there has been a 35% rise in obesity in Australia. If it continues at this rate, 91% of Aussies will be obese by 2040 in Australia.

Obesity causes type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes and cancer. Since sugar is acidic it causes dental problems such as tooth decay, erosion and cavities. ... READ MORE

advice, Dental, Diabetes, education, Health, nutrition

Water exercise classes for joint problems, arthritis, back pain, flexibility and strength

Mon 29 May 2017

Inspiro’s water exercise class is a gentle, relaxing exercise program that uses water resistance to support your body and reduce the risk of muscle or joint injury. This kind of exercise helps build strength and stamina, and manage joint pain and arthritis.... READ MORE

Sports clubs in Melbourne's outer east unite for gender equity and inclusion

Mon 29 May 2017

Football and netball clubs in Melbourne’s east are being encouraged to take a stand to support gender equality. The Be the Change Forum aims to inspire and create discussions around what actions local sporting clubs can take to create encouraging environments for women and men.... READ MORE

Community, Exercise, Fitness

Dietitian led local supermarket tours - Buy the best groceries for you and your family

Thu 25 May 2017

At a typical supermarket tour, there will be between 2 and 6 of us. We wander strategically around the supermarket discussing supermarket layout, healthy versus less healthy options and label reading – while asking and answering lots of questions. A thorough tour takes about 2 hours...... READ MORE

advice, Community, Diabetes, Dietitian, Health, meals

Yarra Valley Farms Jay Berries – Variety is the ultimate super food

Thu 25 May 2017

In the Yarra Ranges area we are very lucky to have some amazing farms you can visit. The school community is getting in touch with its food through farm to plate programs like the Jamie Oliver and Stephanie Alexander projects (See ‘Healthy eating project aims to slow rising obesity in Victorian primary schools’). Your family can get involved too!... READ MORE

Community, Dietitian, Farmgate, Healthy

Inspiro provides clinical dietetics education services from university trained dietitians

Wed 24 May 2017

Crafty marketing and new studies questioning the health benefits of certain foods can make understanding what to eat and drink difficult.

You and I know that restrictive diets don’t work in the long term. At Inspiro we believe in eating delicious comfort foods that also help us achieve our goals, have more energy and feel healthier. Life is much too short to not feel great and eat well.... READ MORE

advice, Community, Dietitian, groups, Health

This weeks healthy eating tips from Lilydale dietitian Tracey Higgins

Mon 22 May 2017

"What is better than rugging up and enjoying some comfort food when it’s cold. And these winter food tips  are healthy as well.

For a lighter, healthier lower calerie meal try...... READ MORE

advice, Dietitian, Health, Healthy, meals

Inspiro volunteers lunch and homestead tour at Mont de Lancey

Wed 17 May 2017

Last Thursday 11 May Inspiro staff and volunteers attended the historic Mont De Lancey homestead located in Wandin, about one hours drive east of Melbourne. The homestead, located in the picturesque Yarra Valley is an excellent destination for a day trip. It has an excellent café, a museum, an old church, beautiful gardens, an art gallery, the old homestead, the old bell tower, the original kitchen and various other old buildings – some containing brilliantly restored old machinery.... READ MORE

Support for pregnant women and women with young children

Mon 15 May 2017

This one-on-one program provides support and education to vulnerable pregnant women and womens with young children who need additional help to improve their health and the health of their babies.

Being a mother is challenging for the best of us, and Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies can provide support you need and answer your questions.... READ MORE

children/babies, Counselling, Health, Lilydale, Support, women's

The breast-feeding dilemma - is breast really best?

Wed 10 May 2017

Maybe you heard it from your mum, your doctor or a friend. Maybe you heard it from TV shows like ‘House’ or ‘Call the Midwife’.

Wherever you heard it, have you been wondering whether breast milk really is best for you and your baby?... READ MORE

Health, sleep, women's

Healthy women's clinic for women's health issues

Wed 10 May 2017

Are you a woman concerned about your health but don't know who to ask? Sometimes women can have things they need to deal with that only another woman can understand.

Inspiro provides a Healthy women’s clinic for all residents of the Yarra Ranges and Maroondah council areas.... READ MORE

Community, Counselling, health, Lilydale, Support, women's

Counselling for depression, anxiety and stress

Wed 10 May 2017

Are you having difficulty making sense of depression, pain or stress and feeling like you’re stuck? You’re not alone. Depression is a real issue that touches a surprisingly large percentage of society... READ MORE

Belgrave, Counselling, Depression, Healesville, Lilydale

Water exercise, hydrotherapy and aquatic physiotherapy at Croydon and Lilydale

Mon 8 May 2017

Inspiro’s water exercise class is a gentle, relaxing exercise program that uses water resistance to support your body and reduce the risk of muscle or joint injury. We also have hydrotherapy classes, a form of water physiotherapy that can assist in rehabilation.
This kind of exercise helps build strength and stamina, and manage joint pain and arthritis.... READ MORE

Community, Exercise, Fitness, groups

Inspiro awards University Scholarships to Yarra Ranges students

Wed 3 May 2017

On Thursday 27 April 2017 Inspiro awarded university scholarships to four talented Yarra Ranges students, Rebecca Williamson from Mooroolbark, Jasmine Madge from Lilydale, Jaimee Warren from The Patch and Zoe Vickers from Healesville. They were awarded up to $3,000 each in scholarships, as part of Inspiro’s annual scholarship program.... READ MORE

Community, Scholarships.

Solutions to the problems of sitting at a desk for too long

Tue 2 May 2017

At Inspiro we realise that sitting at your desk all day is not ideal. 

Although it’s “just a desk job,” working in an office can wreak absolute havoc on our bodies.... READ MORE

Exercise, Fitness

Inspiro's amazing new dental chairs improve the experience for clients

Fri 28 Apr 2017

Recently Inspiro installed some amazing new dental chairs in our dental rooms at Lilydale. Clients are now able to sit in greater comfort in the ergonomically designed chairs that include some really impressive new features that can make your visit even better.... READ MORE

Answers to the most commonly asked dental questions

Fri 28 Apr 2017

Being one of the largest dental clinics in Victoria we see thousands of clients every year. Here are some of the questions we get asked about the dental services we provide at Inspiro. Going to the dentist can be a little scary for many people, but it doesn't need to be if you understand why dentists do what they do.


Dental, health

Inspiro Healesville is now open for physiotherapy and counselling

Wed 19 Apr 2017

Inspiro Healesville is now open for physio and counselling on Monday's. We will be open additional days soon and will be providing dental services to local residents in Healesville and surrounding area's.... READ MORE

Little Joey's Playgroup is a playgroup for women with children who have experienced family violence

Wed 19 Apr 2017

Activities for each session include art, singing, storytelling, and opportunities for women and children to enjoy playing, learning and bonding together in a safe space. Lunch is provided for mums and kids. Our playgroup is facilitated by a child and family clinician and an Allied Health Assistant. ... READ MORE

Learn how to control emotional eating

Tue 18 Apr 2017

Learn how to be in control of your eating, overcome emotional eating and improve your relationship with food. ... READ MORE

A lifetime of emotional eating sucks - this is how I got my life back

Tue 18 Apr 2017

I have always been an emotional eater. It’s just been so normal for me for so long, 

I figured I had no will power and I was just lazy. Feeling angry, I would eat chocolate, stressed, I would go for the chips, or tired I just ate. With a few too many kilojoules I decided I needed to do something. Dieting certainly hadn’t worked. ... READ MORE

Are your children eating junk food at school? They don't have to be...

Thu 13 Apr 2017

Do your kids eat bad or low nutrition foods at school? 

Healthy eating at school sounds like an unrealistic dream for most parents, school teachers and administrators. Most think that even if their school canteens sold healthy food that the students wouldn't buy it anyway.... READ MORE

Inspiro's groups and programs

Fri 24 Mar 2017

Inspiro's groups, progams and services are tailored to cover all sections of the community at all stages of life. Our qualified clinicians and passionate supporters love getting involved with the community and are dedicated to supporting and helping you achieve results.

For more information join our newsletter community and call us direcly on 9738 8801.... READ MORE

Healthy eating project aims to slow rising obesity in Victorian primary schools

Thu 16 Mar 2017

Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s efforts to improve the health of school children Inspiro, a not for profit health service operating in Melbourne’s east, have launched a far reaching project to tackle unhealthy school eating habits through positive encouragement, healthy food identification, advice for parents and healthy cafeteria options...... READ MORE

Services for children in the Yarra Ranges

Fri 10 Mar 2017

Children’s Services at Inspiro for Yarra Ranges and Yarra Valley residents

We offer a range of services for young children and their families. Call 97388801 to get involved.

Free youth and family counselling service in Lilydale, Healesville and Tecoma

Fri 10 Mar 2017

Inspiro provides a free youth counselling service for young people between 12 to 25 years who may be dealing with depression, anxiety, bullying, harrassment or managing relationships. 

Sometimes we experience difficult challenges and getting support can be helpful. If you’re feeling down, stressed out, angry, anxious or confused, our counsellors can help you gain skills to do things differently and build your confidence. Our counsellors are available in Lilydale, Healesville, Tecoma and  Yarra Junction. To make an appointment, call 9738 8801. 

Understanding depression and anxiety through counselling

Mon 6 Mar 2017

Understanding depression

Are you having difficulty making sense of depression, pain or stress and feeling like you’re stuck?

You’re not alone. Depression is a real issue that touches a surprisingly large percentage of society. Depression and anxiety counselling can help to make sense of the pain, stress or anxiousness that you are feeling.
Call now to discuss or make an appointment with Inspiro’s counsellors who specialise in helping people with depression: 9738 8801... READ MORE

Physiotherapy at Inspiro Lilydale

Mon 6 Mar 2017

Are you feeling pain or discomfort?

All Australians can feel healthier and benefit from and a caring physiotherapist. Physiotherapy restores and improves a person's ability to move and function through rehabilitation.

Inspiro has physiotherapy services at very competitive rates for all residents in the Yarra Ranges and Maroondah council areas. Call now on 9738 8801.


Support, psychology and counselling for locals

Fri 3 Mar 2017

Private Health Services at Inspiro

Inspiro offers psychology services available to book privately, meaning that you can access our service at your convenience, with flexible times, no waitlist and at a low cost.
If you have private health insurance, we can efficiently and easily process your claims on the spot using HICAPS.

Louisa Cleland – Psychologist

Our Psychologist, Louisa Cleland provides effective counselling and treatment of adults across a full range of mental health, individual counselling, relationship and family counselling

Counselling, groups, Health, Support

14 Dietitian approved healthy plant based snacks

Thu 2 Mar 2017

Here are some healthy plant based snack ideas provided by our qualified dietitican, Tracey Higgins. 

They are versatile enough that you can take them to work with you or eat them at home. To find out more about healthy foods and the best amounts to eat in one sitting contact our dietiticians, Tracey and Farah on 9738 8801.... READ MORE


Tired? Sleep like a baby with these 10 sleeping tricks

Tue 28 Feb 2017

If you spent last night tossing and turning, these sleep tips could be the answer to your frustrations.

These tips will help you sleep better, and wake up the next morning well rested and ready to face life’s expected and even more importantly, unexpected challenges.


  1. 14 – 4 hours before bed - Exercise for 20 – 60 minutes (this is vital).........

Health, sleep

Inspiro's Groups and Programs

Mon 27 Feb 2017

Inspiro's Groups and Programs

Inspiro's groups and programs include a range of activities that cater for all ages and challenges. We cater for adults, older people, youth and children.



Counselling, Fitness, Groups, Health, Smoking, Support

Free counselling service for youth and families in the Yarra Ranges

Mon 27 Feb 2017

Free counselling service for youth, young adults and their families 

We are excited to announce that Inspiro have won a contract to provide Youth and Family Counselling Services for the Yarra Ranges Council.

Youth and young adult counselling services start March 2017

The youth counselling service is being transitioned from Council to Inspiro with the process to be fully completed by 1st July 2017. From Monday 20th March, Inspiro will take over all new clients for Youth and Family Counselling in the Yarra Ranges, while Council’s service will continue to see pre-existing clients until the end of June.... READ MORE

Counselling, Health, Support

Inspiro's Stop Smoking Service

Fri 24 Feb 2017

Time to quit smoking?

Let us help you become tobacco free! We’ll get cigarettes out of your mouth for good!
Inspiro has a stop smoking service for residents of “insert suburb.”

Stop letting cigarettes dictate your life:

Making the decision to quit smoking is a brave yet rewarding first step. At Inspiro we understand the challenges of quitting smoking and can help support you to rid yourself of the habit.


Smoking, Stop

Does somebody close to you struggle with addiction? Join our free local support group

Thu 16 Feb 2017

Inspiro has a drug, alcohol and addiction support group for families and friends who are dealing with people with addiction.

Call us now on 9738 8801.

Do you have someone in your life with drug or alcohol problems?

Do you seem to be going around in circles with the same thing happening over and over?

Do you feel at the mercy of something you can’t control?

Reaching out and being supported by others with similar experiences is a brave yet rewarding first step.


groups, Support

Inspiro's University Health Scholarships

Thu 2 Feb 2017

Are you enrolled to study nursing, medicine, allied health or a health science course at university next year?

Then you are eligible to apply for Inspiro’s tertiary health scholarships.
Applicants must be residents of the Shire of Yarra Ranges.... READ MORE


Inspiro Healesville coming soon

Mon 30 Jan 2017

"Inspiro Healesville is on its way!

The development of the new Healesville site is well underway. We are currently working on getting some signage up by the end of next week which will include temporary “Opening Soon” signs.



Yarra Valley farm gates - delicious strawberries at Strawberry Springs

Mon 7 Nov 2016

Too often supermarket fruit and vegetables are not only expensive but not fresh. In addition they sometimes have the taste of cardboard...


Farmgate, Health, Strawberries

Inspiro Healthy Women's Clinic

Sat 20 Aug 2016

Are you a woman concerned about your health but don't know who to ask? Sometimes women can have things they need to deal with that only another woman can understand.


Fitness, Health, Support, women's

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