Behind the News

Meet the team


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The Allied Health department at Peninsula Private Hospital continues to grow as a professional team of 24 comprising of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, a speech pathologist, dietitian and therapy assistants.

The team can be seen daily aiding patients to improve their health and wellbeing.

With a broad range of skills amongst the team the staff provide intervention and care for patients from all three wards; surgical, medical and rehabilitation as well as providing a day rehabilitation service for outpatients.

Our therapists are highly skilled in providing allied health services to patients with numerous conditions including but not limited to stroke and other neurological, orthopaedic, cardiac, respiratory and medical conditions.

The Allied Health Team is currently placing a major focus on providing an ‘Enriched Environment’ within the rehabilitation ward.

With collaboration from the nursing staff, the purpose behind the evidence based initiative is to focus on improving stimulus provided to patients during their inpatient stay to ensure they are equipped with activities and therapies that will aid in their recovery.

Our weekday timetable sees patients participate in activities (including a daily one hour exercise class) in the gym from 9am-12pm, eat lunch socially with other patients in the rehabilitation dining room and in the afternoon, play bingo, scattegories, take a hand to craft or cooking group sessions.

There is also a focus on falls prevention with classes occurring once a week and alternating between falls prevention education and functional balance classes run by the occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

The state-of-the art gymnasium offers exceptional facilities essential to assist in reaching goals and maintaining independence with resources including an OT kitchen, washing machine and clothes line and Wii console to name a few.

In addition to this, an outdoor area is being revamped to include gardening as an activity whilst providing the patients with somewhere nice to sit on a pleasant day.

Day rehabilitation is also an option for outpatients; whether they have been a surgical, medical or rehabilitation patient within the hospital, or referred to us from elsewhere.

The occupational therapist, physio and therapy assistants coordinate the day rehabilitation services and support patients to strive and meet their goals.

Activities in day rehabilitation include hydrotherapy, cooking, balance activities, reconditioning, orthopaedic and cardiac rehabilitation, not to mention our speech pathologist also services this area.