Patients get healthy support
New allied health assistants to increase access to vital medical services
THE Childers Hospital has received a healthy boost due to the rollout of improved allied health services for rural locations.
The hospital is one of six facilities in the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service currently completing orientation of allied health assistants – part of a $902,000 State Government grant to improve rural health services across the Wide Bay.
Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service rural allied and community health team leader Lisa Baker said the allied health assistants at Childers, Monto, Mundubbera, Gayndah, Biggenden and Gin Gin would provide rural patients with more efficient local access to health services.
“Patients in our rural communities will benefit greatly from increased and improved access to allied health services,” she said.
“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.
“Our allied health assistants will work under the direction of allied health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists.”
Denise Kretschmann is the newly appointed allied health assistant based in Childers.
Ms Baker said Denise would be on the ground to offer daily support to inpatients as well as conduct home visits.
Ms Kretschmann said she was “excited” to have been given the opportunity to make a difference to people’s health.
According to Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington, the appointment of allied health assistants is a continuation of the health service’s efforts to improve health outcomes for residents of rural communities across the Wide Bay.
IMPROVED SERVICE: Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service rural allied and community health team leader Lisa Baker is pleased to introduce Childers Hospital’s new allied health assistant Denise Kretschmann.