North Burnett benefits
THE successful delivery of Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service balance and mobility classes to people across the North Burnett is another result of increasing access to allied health services via the investment in Telehealth infrastructure.
The balance and mobility classes are led by a physiotherapist who uses Telehealth facilities to deliver lessons to people scattered across Biggenden, Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold, Monto, Gin Gin, Mt Perry and Childers.
At each site, a local allied health assistant is able to help class participants with their exercises as the physiotherapist instructs via a Telehealth video feed.
“The balance and mobility classes are a great example of how we are using technology to increase allied health services to rural communities across the North Burnett,” WBHHS Rural Allied and Community Health team leader Lisa Baker said.
“The physiotherapist is able to deliver the balance and mobility class from one North Burnett town to participants in any of the other locations, who still have the support of our trained allied health assistants on hand.”
The class uses a combination of exercise and education which is used to improve a person’s balance and mobility.
“The eight-week program involves weekly exercise sessions under supervision of the physiotherapist,” Ms Baker said.
“The classes are open to anyone over 65 years of age and are recommended for anyone with a history of falls or chronic disease.
“People in Biggenden, Gayndah, Mundubbera, Eidsvold, Monto, Gin Gin, Mt Perry and Childers all can access the class via Telehealth.”
Anyone interested in participating in the program or seeking more information can contact Gayndah Community Health on 4161 3571.