About us

Castlemaine District Community Health, locally known as CHIRP.

Castlemaine District Community Health has been working with the local community since 1984 to provide a quality health service and a range of programs designed to facilitate better health.

Our objective is to design and provide programs and activities which ensure community members receive primary health, preventative care and community support services which are accessible, responsive and of the highest quality.

Our Health Priorities are

Diabetes Management
Heart Health
Mental Health
Child & Youth Health
Women’s Health

We provide a range of primary health care and community services, including Community Health Nurse Programs, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Youth Programs, Alcohol and Drug Counselling, Family Services and Generalist Counselling. Programs are also offered by outreach from the Castlemaine Centre to smaller towns within Mount Alexander Shire.

We also work with a range of visiting services to increase accessibility to essential health services in our region.

Castlemaine District Community Health is a community-based, public benevolent organisation employing approximately 39 part-time staff. We have a nine member Board of Governance, which set the strategic directions to provide the framework for planning and organisational development.

The majority of programs are funded by the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services.

Our Vision   

Facilitating Better Health

Our Values

We understand health to incorporate physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well being as well as the absence of illness.

We value health as a fundamental human right based on both freedom and social opportunities.

We recognise and value the relationship between participation and health and encourage the involvement of patients, clients, consumers and members of our community at many levels to inform and strengthen well being in their community.

CDCH recognises and values the diversity of all people including but not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people; people with a disability and culturally and linguistically diverse people.

We value both research-based evidence and practice-based wisdom to achieve excellence.

We care for and are responsible for our human, environmental and financial resources.

We promote children’s safety and wellbeing, and commit to protecting children from abuse.


Aboriginal Flag    Castlemaine District Community Health acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal owners of country    throughout Victoria. We pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past, present and future.