Finley’s pilot physio program
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.
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.