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Insights and tips from our Allied Health team, which includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, psychology, nutrition and dietetics and podiatry. 

  • Hands on approach gets Nick back in the garden

    This blog post is written by Senior Hand Therapist Rosie House.

    Nick, a keen gardener and local resident developed a Bairnsdale Ulcer on his right dominant hand after a spider bite that was slow to heal.

    Several surgeries and extensive skin grafting were required to treat the ulcer. Consequently, Nick was left with an extremely swollen, stiff and somewhat “useless” right hand. Nick had nine months of active Hand Therapy from our Occupational Therapy team during his recovery to help get his hand function back.

    Initially his treatment involved custom made splinting to protect the length and integrity of his soft tissues and promote skin graft healing. As soon a healing allowed, Nick begun a rigorous home exercise program and started regular hand therapy sessions.

    Through this, Nick began to restore his range of movement and manage issues like joint stiffness, scar adhesion and contracture. 

    Throughout his care Nick required ...

  • Q&A with Peninsula Health Physiotherapist Tori

    Meet Tori Everard, one of the physiotherapists working within the Rosebud Community Rehabilitation Program at Peninsula Health.

    What does a typical day look like?

    My days are varied, which I love because it keeps me on my toes and makes it interesting. Most days I will check for any new referrals that have come through, and then get straight into working with my clients to help them achieve their goals. I do this at people’s homes and in the physio gym at Rosebud Hospital. Most of our referrals come from hospitals, but we also get referrals from GP’s and specialists. So we treat a huge range of people from all walks of life. I work within a team of skilled health care professionals, such as occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians and social workers. I enjoy working with like-minded individuals who are passionate about helping people achieve better health ...

  • Physios there for Nea through her knee surgery journey

    Physios including Scott McGill (centre) have played a key role in helping Nea prepare and recover from knee surgery.

    The following post is written by Scott McGill, Senior Physiotherapist and Physiotherapy Quality Manager at Peninsula Health.

    Physiotherapists at Peninsula Health work across many settings, with patients ranging from newborn babies to the elderly, with a vast range of conditions.

    They all prescribe and promote physical activity, and work to ensure that it forms a key part of the ongoing management and lifestyle of every client.

    September 8 is World Physiotherapy Day, which celebrates the key role Physios play in helping people with long-term conditions achieve their goals, fulfil their potential and participate fully in society. The physiotherapy team at Peninsula Health played a crucial role in Nea Clark’s journey before and after knee surgery this year.

    “Physiotherapy has helped me to get back on my feet ...

  • Baby-Led Weaning & Introduction of Solids

    The below post is by Danielle Surwald (pictured), a senior speech pathologist at Peninsula Health.

    As a speech pathologist working in the infant feeding clinic at Peninsula Health, I often get asked my opinion regarding Baby-Led Weaning.  Since Baby-Led Weaning gained popularity in Australia there appears have been some ongoing debate and confusion amongst the community in regards to the best way to introduce solids to babies.

    What is Baby-Led Weaning?

    Baby-Led Weaning is an approach to introducing babies to solid foods developed by Gill Rapely.  Gill Rapely is a Health Visitor and midwife in the UK.

    Key elements of Baby-Led Weaning are:

    • Baby sits with family at the mealtime;
    • Baby is offered the same (healthy) foods as everyone else, in pieces sized according to the baby’s developmental level (large then smaller);
    • Baby feeds themselves from the beginning with hands and then later with cutlery;
    • Baby can control how much they eat;

    The approach ...

  • Speech Pathology – a lot more than helping people “talk good”

    Eloise and Sharon share an insight into their roles as speech pathologists working with adult clients, at Peninsula Health.

    Speech Pathology – a rather mysterious profession. Most people have a vague idea that we help people ‘talk good’ but it’s a little more complex than that!

    In an average day we may see:

    • A man who is coughing on his drinks and has been unable to speak since his stroke.
    • A lady with Parkinson’s disease whose voice is quiet and hard to hear.
    • A man with late-stage MND who requires a communication device to convey his needs/ideas.
    • A young man who stutters on every third word he says
    • A lady who had a stroke and is now finding reading and writing tasks difficult.
    • A man with a brain injury who says inappropriate things in social settings and can’t remember his appointments
    • A lady who had a cancer cut out of her ...