North Bur­nett ben­e­fits

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

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.

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