Some new faces have joined Stawell Regional Health with the health service securing short term locums in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, speech pathology, and podiatry to help treat residents in the region.
Despite the use of some telehealth options, due to the COVID-19 pandemic related changes in Stawell Regional Health service's last year waitlists have grown longer than normal.
But Stawell Regional Health primary and community care director Rhys Duncan said he was delighted to welcome the new faces to the team.
"We are thrilled to announce that we now have been able to expand our services by welcoming a number of permanent new staff members to our Allied Health team; Sarah, who is a Physiotherapist, Sheshna, who is a Podiatrist, and Jordyn, who is a dietitian," he said.
"We have to thank both the State and Commonwealth Departments of Health for the additional funding received that enabled Stawell Regional Health to grow these services.
"We invite our community to contact the Allied Health Reception to make an appointment, or if you would like more information on any of our services offered.
"We can offer our clients a face-to-face appointment in our outpatient clinics, or a telehealth appointment via video or telephone."
The Allied Health Team at Stawell Regional Health had been ramping up their services by securing the additional help within their team.
The extra staff will allow the community to access local face to face appointments and group classes and will allow individuals to receive the additional healthcare support they require without needing to travel outside the region.
1:1 appointments are available with:
- Diabetes Educators
- Exercise Physiology
- Occupational Therapy
- Social Work
- Speech Pathology
Group programs that are currently running include:
- Active Mind Active Body
- Better Balance
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Exercise Physiology Exercise Group
- Oncology Rehabilitation
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Tai Chi
To make an appointment contact the Allied Health Services reception during office hours by phone 03 5358 8507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On evening of Thursday , April 8 the Australian Government announced changes to the vaccine rollout after Australian health authorities advised the Pfizer vaccine should be given to Australians aged under 50, amid concerns of rare blood clots potentially linked to the AstraZeneca vaccination.
Despite this challenge Stawell Regional Health are pressing on with their vaccination program of Pahse 1b residents and staff members.
On Wednesday, the health service had 80 community members booked in for a dose of the vaccine in the morning, with a number of staff also to given a dose in the afternoon.
Earlier in April Stawell Regional Health stated they had the capacity to vaccinate 80-100 individuals every week and will be doing so as their supply of the vaccines comes into town.
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