Fin­ley’s pi­lot physio pro­gram

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A new phys­io­ther­apy ser­vice has opened its doors to Fin­ley and Urana res­i­dents thanks to a part­ner­ship be­tween Hume Medi­care Lo­cal, Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health District and Back on Track Phys­io­ther­apy.

Back on Track Phys­io­ther­apy has en­tered into an agree­ment with HML and MLHD to pro­vide ser­vices at Fin­ley and Urana health ser­vices as part of a six-month pi­lot project.

Hume Medi­care Lo­cal Di­rec­tor Clin­i­cal Ser­vices Robin Haberecht said re­cent re­search and com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion demon­strated a need for in­creased lo­cal phys­io­ther­apy ser­vices.

‘‘The Lo­cal Health Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee raised phys­io­ther­apy as an area of need for their res­i­dents and Hume Medi­care Lo­cals ser­vice map­ping showed the de­mand was ex­ceed­ing the ser­vices avail­able,’’ Ms Haberecht said.

‘‘Hav­ing a new ser­vice close by will mean people don’t put off treat­ment be­cause of long wait­ing lists or hav­ing to travel, which is a very com­mon prob­lem in re­gional and ru­ral ar­eas.’’

Fin­ley Health Ser­vice man­ager Kylie Mar­quart said the new ser­vice ad­dresses an iden­ti­fied long term gap in phys­io­ther­apy ser­vices in the district.

‘‘By com­bin­ing our re­sources we hope to build a vi­able and sus­tain­able phys­io­ther­apy ser­vice for lo­cal res­i­dents,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s an­tic­i­pated the ser­vice will ex­pand to in­cor­po­rate sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties once the pi­lot phase is com­pleted and eval­u­ated.’’

A key el­e­ment of the pi­lot project in­cludes the em­ploy­ment of Al­lied Health as­sis­tants to work with the phys­io­ther­a­pist’s sup­port­ing treat­ment.

This ini­tia­tive

not only sup­ports the ser­vice but po­ten­tially pro­vides a pro­fes­sional path­way to higher qual­i­fi­ca­tion for lo­cal people wish­ing to pur­sue a ca­reer in al­lied health.

Jeremy Carr from Back on Track Phys­io­ther­apy said he was look­ing for­ward to pro­vid­ing this ser­vice for both pri­vate and pub­lic out­pa­tients and in­pa­tients.

‘‘We’re very ex­cited about this project, and our ex­per­tise in­cludes pro­vid­ing ser­vices for sports and run­ning re­lated in­juries, falls preven­tion, post-op­er­a­tive phys­io­ther­apy ser­vices and in-pa­tient ser­vices,’’ Mr Carr said.

Robin Haberecht, Jeremy Carr and Kylie Mar­quart have helped de­velop the new physio ser­vice.

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