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Allied Heath Outreach Team

Joy, Rob and Lauren with the new stairs

About the service

The Allied Health Outreach Team, is a home visiting service funded by the Home and Community Care (HACC) program and the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) that provides care across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Local Government Areas.

The team works at Peninsula Health Community Health Centres on the Peninsula, and consists of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, allied health assistants and a carpenter.

We work with clients with a range of conditions and goals, from various cultural backgrounds, in a variety of settings including the home, supported accommodation, and the community. Interpreter services are readily available to promote client-centred practice.

The focus of the program is to promote client independence and safety in the home and community environment by providing advice and support to clients and their carers.

A home assessment may be provided with recommendations regarding equipment, behavioural or environmental changes, exercise programs and home modifications to maximise safety and independence.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Our Outreach Occupational Therapists conducts home assessments aimed at maximising independence and safety in the home and community.

Some examples of what we can offer are:

  • Minor to major home modifications (bathroom, access ramps, grab rail assessment and installation)
  • Equipment/Assistive Technology trial and prescription
  • Re-training of daily living activities
  • Funding applications for provision of equipment/modifications
  • Training/support for carers

What does an OT Occupational Therapist do? – Peninsula Health

Helping older people live independently at home, for longer – Peninsula Health

Physiotherapy

Outreach physiotherapy is available to clients, who are unable to access centre based physiotherapy or require an assessment within the home environment. Treatment is goal focused and time limited; and encourages and supports self-management.

We can help with:

  • Assessment, trial and prescription of gait aids (eg walking frame, walking stick) and transfer equipment
    • Home exercise programs for people experiencing:
    • deconditioning,
    • falls
    • chronic pain
    • neurological disorders,
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • musculoskeletal conditions
  • Training, support and education of carers including advice on manual handling, mobility support, home exercise programs.
  • Mobility and balance training in home and community environments

Allied Health Assistants

Outreach Allied Health Assistants work under the direction of the therapists to assist with exercise programs, skills such as mobility scooter training, along with delivery and set up aids and equipment.  

Carpentry

Our Outreach Carpenter, based on recommendations from therapists in the team, completes basic home modifications such as rails in the shower and toilet, platform steps, lift off hinges, basic ramps and chair raisers to help make your daily activities easier and safer.

How to access this service:

If you are under 65, or under 50 and identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, please call  ACCESS on  1300 665 781 between 8:30am-5:00pm (Monday-Friday) and a Peninsula Health Access Worker will give you further details on the service.

If you are aged 65 years or over, or 50 years or over and identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, please call the My Aged Care call centre on 1800 200 422 or access the My Aged Care website www.myagedcare.gov.au