Tied to the community

Allied Health professionals wore bow ties today to signify the important role they play in "tying it all together". Pictured front is Patrick with back from left Emily, Stephanie, Michelle, Dani, Daniel and Sharon. Picture Shawn Smits.

By Tate Papworth

Western Health staff wore bow ties last week to signify a united front.

The staff at Sunshine Hospital took part in the campaign to signify how important their role is in “tying it all together” so patients receive comprehensive care both within the health service and out into the community.

The initiative was part of Allied Health Week, which promotes the services – from paediatrics through to geriatrics – that Allied Health professionals deliver.

At Western Health, Allied Health services are provided in the emergency department, in inpatient acute and subacute wards, and the community.

Western Health senior clinician physiotherapist Clare Holdsworth said the collaborative approach has yielded great results.

“We are ‘can do’ people, and pride ourselves on how we work together to provide the best possible care for our patients and their families,” she said. “As key members of a multi-disciplinary team, we are experts at identifying risks and implementing solutions that will help patients get back to living as safe, healthy and meaningful lives as possible.

“Our diverse group of skilled professionals assesses and manages the consequences of illness and disability on a daily basis.”

In the past year, Allied Health professionals at Western Health have provided 210,583 occasions of service to inpatients and 44,000 to outpatients.

They have provided 47,232 interpreter services and completed about 150 research publications and presentations.

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