COVID-19: dental care and groups

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Published Mar 20 2020

Updated: Wed 1 Apr

Due to COVID-19, some Merri Health services are on hold until further notice.

The Coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19 is a serious and highly contagious virus. This temporary measure has been put in place to ensure safety and wellbeing for all.


Our dental team has stopped routine general dental care until 30 June in line with the Department of Health and Human Services announcement. Emergency dental care will continue during this period.

Mental health group activities

These groups are on hold from Monday 23 March to Tuesday 14 April 2020 – we will reassess closer to the date. Intake is still open. Email

Exercise groups

Our centre-based and leisure centre groups are on hold from Friday, 20 March for approximately three weeks.  

Cardiac and respiratory support groups

This service is on hold from Friday, 20 March until further notice.

Allied health and therapy services 

Instead of seeing you face-to-face for your appointment at our sites or in your home, your health professional will contact you via phone on the date of you appointment (or earlier) to talk with you about your health needs and how best to support you.

This change ensures we can continue to provide you with care without putting you and others at risk.

Aged social support groups

These groups are on hold from Monday 23 March to Monday 13 April 2020 (inclusive) – we will reassess closer to the date. We have identified existing clients who will benefit from ongoing contact and will continue to support them outside of the group setting. If you have questions, call (03) 9386 3575.

Click here to read about how we're supporting our aged clients. 

Clients impacted by these temporary measures have been contacted. We are closely monitoring their health and wellbeing and where possible, other support systems have been put in place. 

If you are aged 50+ and experience anxiety and/or social isolation, get in touch with our Living Well, Ageing Well team. If you are 65+, get in touch with our Stepped Care program. Our teams will identify how we can best support you during this time. 

Our drop-in support is also available as over-the-phone support, Monday to Friday between 1pm and 3pm. Call 1300 637 744 to access. 

Merri Health continues to work closely with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Victorian health sector, the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Victorian Chief Health Officer, to respond appropriately to COVID-19. 

If you have any questions or concerns, call 1300 637 744 or email