Health assistants improve patient care
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.”
HEALTHY LIVING: New allied health assistant Desiree George (right) receives training on mobility assistance for patients.