Karli Health Centre Services also offers

Deaf Bushwalking Victoria in Auslan – Deaf Bushwalking Victoria was initially was just a family outing for Karli, her husband Simon and their young children.  As time went on, more and more people were invited to come along and it was formally established as a function of Karli Health Centre in about 2005.

Karli Health Centre believes strongly in the interconnectedness of physical and mental health and that good physical and mental health builds a strong, resilient spirit.  And the Deaf Bushwalking group was a wonderful way to put some of our beliefs into actual practice.

As Karli Health Centre has grown – and also because of the impact of the lockdowns in 2020 due to Covid 19 – it was time for Karli and Simon to step back from the group.  However, we felt strongly that we wanted to continue to provide support to the group, so KHC has now handed over the organisation and facilitation of the group.  In 2021, we are looking forward to re-establishing the group with group leaders Annie Wendell and Michelle Hudges.

The group has monthly bushwalks, each month in a different location.  Each walk and its level of difficulty is advertised prior to the day.

Anyone is welcome, but the language of the group is Auslan.  This is also an important part of this group, bringing together those who share the same language.  You don’t need to be fluent in Auslan, beginners are welcome.

Please contact us to find out more.  We look forward to seeing you in 2021!!

GP Health Program  – Do you have questions that are not really answered properly by your own local GP and do you feel you want to take control of your health but feel powerless?  

Dr Leonora White is a GP (family doctor) in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She has worked in a variety of jobs in hospitals, both in rural Victoria and Melbourne. She usually sees people with all sorts of problems – mental illness, women’s health, men’s health, children and babies with illnesses or behavioural problems, chronic disease, and preventative health.

Many years ago she decided to learn Auslan because she thought it looked like a fascinating language.  Dr Leonora has made a series of short video clips in Auslan, you can have a look at them on Leonora’s Youtube channel.  They were made between 2015-2017.

You can contact KHC for more information or you can go to the Ashburton Medical Clinic online booking system to make an appointment to see Dr Leonora. Appointments can be either face-to-face or on Telehealth. Please note, if you live in another state, there cannot be a Telehealth Medicare rebate. This means you will pay the full cost yourself. Please copy and paste the appointment link: https://ashburtonmedical.com.au/online-bookings/

Yoga and Healthy Eating Retreats – Karli Health Centre offers residential and non-residential yoga and healthy eating retreats and workshops about three times per year in Auslan.  Deaf, hard-of-hearing, new signers and interpreters are welcome. You can request to join Karli’s Yoga Private group on Facebook for update Auslan video clips and yoga discussion.

Deaf Support Group (alcohol and substance abuse) – In partnership with AA, this group is available online every Wednesday from 6.00-7.00 p.m. (EDST) [please note, this is until the end of March 2021, when the time will become 5.00-6.00 p.m. (EST)]
Two AA members (one Deaf and one hearing) facilitate this group.  The purpose of this group is to provide peer support to those experiencing alcohol and/or drug addiction.  There is no fee to join this group.  To join, please sms Karli on 0403 922 245 to be given the link.  All members’ names are kept private and your attendance will not be recorded anywhere.


Other topics can be requested; examples include: parenting skills, assertiveness training, communication skills, anger management and managing ADHD.