Health as­sis­tants im­prove pa­tient care

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

SIX new al­lied health as­sis­tants ap­pointed to the Wide Bay Bur­nett should en­sure ru­ral pa­tients re­ceive quicker home as­sess­ments, im­proved long-stay care and bet­ter tele­health sup­port.

Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice (WBHHS) has ap­pointed an al­lied health as­sis­tant in Monto, Mun­dub­bera, Gayn­dah, Biggen­den, Childers and Gin Gin – and is seek­ing a seventh for Eidsvold.

Ru­ral Al­lied and Com­mu­nity Health team leader Lisa Baker said the role would be ad­ver­tised in com­ing weeks.

“I en­cour­age Eidsvold lo­cals to con­sider ap­ply­ing,” Ms Baker said.

The as­sis­tants would work un­der the di­rec­tion of pro­fes­sion­als, such as phys­io­ther­a­pists.

“The Al­lied Health As­sis­tants im­prove ac­cess to and in­crease the ef­fi­ciency of home vis­its, tele­health ap­point­ments, ther­apy pro­grams, pre-op­er­a­tive surgery ap­point­ments and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams for ru­ral pa­tients,” she said.

Newly-ap­pointed to Gayn­dah, Desiree Ge­orge was look­ing for­ward to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

“It’s a very in­ter­est­ing and very di­verse role.”

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

HEALTHY LIV­ING: New al­lied health as­sis­tant Desiree Ge­orge (right) re­ceives train­ing on mo­bil­ity as­sis­tance for pa­tients.

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