December 21, 2018

Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre to pilot ‘first-of-its-kind’ health initiative

As of early 2019, members of the community will now be able to go for a swim, see a GP and book in for a physio appointment, all from one convenient location – Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre.

This month, Belgravia Leisure, the operator of Gurri Wanyarra announced a new partnership initiative with Tristar Medical Group, called ‘Partners in Health’. The main aim of the initiative is to make it easier for the community to access holistic medical care and use exercise as medicine.

According to a study conducted by Victoria University, physical activity is a critical component in preventing health complications and has been linked to ‘the prevention of many chronic diseases such as including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, mental health conditions, and musculoskeletal conditions’[1].

In addition to improving physical health, patients who are prescribed physical activity as part of their treatment, also have the opportunity to engage with and create new relationships with their local community. All of these factors can improve an individual’s mental wellbeing.

Already, Tristar Medical Group occupies a fully operational, accessible medical consulting space at Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre, which houses a full-time physiotherapist. In early 2019, a general practitioner is also set to commence. The Tristar Allied Health professionals will complement Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre’s exercise physiologists currently servicing the community needs.

Already, the partnership is fostering new relationships within the Greater Bendigo region as existing Tristar Clinics in Epsom, Kangaroo Flat and Eaglehawk will drive referrals to Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre.

City of Greater Bendigo Manager Active and Healthy Lifestyles Lincoln Fitzgerald said: “We are pleased to partner in this exciting project, which supports Council’s Community Plan goal of wellbeing and fairness by designing settings and environments that can create better health outcomes.”

Belgravia CEO, Nick Cox said “The alignment between our services and Tristar’s services presents a fantastic opportunity to increase knowledge around the link between chronic illness and physical activity”.

Gurri Wanyarrra Wellbeing Centre facilities, programs and services have been designed to allow people of all abilities to lead active and healthy lifestyles. The community can inquire about Tristar medical services at Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre besides reception. To find out more about the initiative, email

Central Victorian residents will soon be able to fit in allied health check-ups and vital recovery exercise all at the one location.#9News |

Posted by 9 News Central Victoria on Tuesday, 11 December 2018


[1] Craike, M., Britt, H., Parker, A. and Harrison, C. (2018). General practitioner referrals to exercise physiologists during routine practice: A prospective study.