In addition to the services provided by the practitioners at Kanyaka Surgery, a number of Allied Health Services are also available by referral. Allied health practitioners are highly qualified individuals with specific areas of knowledge, and include:
Community Mental Health Worker
The Quorn Health Services Community Mental Health Program includes a range of services in the community that supports adults experiencing mental health problems. The role of a Community Mental Health Worker includes:
- Mental Health Information
- Advice and Support Service
- Crisis Response
- Outreach Services
- Assistance to people in need of rehabilitation support
- Promoting mental health and supporting prevention strategies in the community
Dietitians translate scientific information about nutrition into practical information about what people should eat. They can coach you to meet specific goals and provide advice on a healthy balanced diet, weight loss (or gain), food allergies or intolerance’s, as well as conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and digestive problems.
Occupational therapists (OTs) work in a broad range of environments to help patients participate in their chosen life activities. Their clients include people born with disabilities, and those whose health suffers because of injury or illness. Working closely with physiotherapists, they teach patients to use particular movements (or compensate for a lack of movement) in day-to-day activities. They also help people adapt their environment (modify their home to prevent falls, for example) and train them to use specially-developed equipment (to access a computer, for instance).
Osteopathy is a type of alternative medicine that emphasises massage and other physical manipulation of muscle tissue and bones. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain, improve mobility and restore health and vitality.
Physiotherapists are experts in the diagnosis, management and prevention of movement disorders. Their role in treating sporting injuries and problems with the neck or back is widely known. But physios also work with premature babies, incontinent women, stroke victims, and sufferers of conditions like Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, and osteoporosis.
Podiatrists treat conditions including arthritis, soft-tissue and muscular disorders, and diseases of the nerves or blood supply. Podiatrists are especially important to people with diabetes, who are at increased risk of lower limb amputation. They manage pressure areas and prevent ulceration to keep patients mobile.
Speech pathologists don’t just work with individuals who stutter or have articulation problems, as many people think. They also treat those who have trouble listening, eating or drinking. This can include the very young. Babies with difficulties breastfeeding or bottle-feeding properly, toddlers not taking solids, children finding it hard to talk, people suffering hearing loss, the head injured and those with degenerative diseases (such as motor neuron disease) may all benefit from speech therapy.
For more information on Allied Health Services or to book, please contact Quorn Health Services on 8648 5563