Allied health services in Southern NSW
Allied health professionals are not nurses, midwives, doctors or dentists. They are licensed healthcare professionals who help you take care of your physical and mental health, and provide services that can include diagnosis, treatment, or rehabilitation.
Southern NSW Local Health District (LHD) offers a range of allied health services.
The Central Intake Service can be contacted from Monday to Friday between 8.30am to 5pm.
Occupational therapy helps people to perform daily life activities. Occupational therapists call these activities “occupations”.
Occupational therapists work with children and adults of all ages and abilities. We help you to perform the occupations that you need and want to do.
This could be taking care of yourself and others, going to school, learning new tasks, working, or helping you participate in play, hobbies and interests.
Our occupational therapists work both in hospitals and with people in their homes or community.
Our occupational therapy services will help:
- assess you, the activity and the environment where the activity takes place.
- you to participate and perform the occupations of everyday life that are meaningful to you.
- adapt or modify areas of your life so you can perform your chosen activity as easily as possible.
- prescribe equipment aids and therapy tools to help with everyday tasks. For example, mobilise in a wheelchair, showering, and getting dressed.
- develop strategies to enhance memory, schedule your day, reduce fatigue, and prevent injury or illness.
- manage and live with long-term (chronic) health conditions, like arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain, and heart conditions.
- people who are recovering from an injury or illness or have problems performing activities due to an accident or long-term condition. This might include people who have spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, stroke, motor neuron disease, dementia, or Parkinson's disease.
Speech pathology or therapy diagnoses and treats communication disorders.
Southern NSW LHD offers assessment, management and education support to adults and children and their families with communication difficulties. This can include difficulties with:
- social skills
- swallowing (dysphagia), eating/feeding or drinking.
- language or communication (including understanding and using language to communicate, listening, reading and writing.
- speaking clearly and pronouncing words correctly.
- using your voice (including changes to voice, vocal nodules).
- speech and fluency - with how your speech sounds or how clearly you say sounds.
Our speech pathology services can help with:
- working to participate fully and safely in your daily activities.
- enjoying mealtimes with their families and friends.
- understanding what is being said to you.
- using words and/or sentences to get your message across to others.
- speaking fluently and clearly - using your voice appropriately and effectively.
- interacting with other people more effectively.
Services can include:
- evidence based assessment and intervention (individual or group)
- clinic, home, school and residential aged care-based care
- family, parent, teacher or carer training and education.
If you are unsure whether you or someone you know is having trouble eating/swallowing or communicating with others, please contact our Community Health Central Intake Service.
Our speech pathology departments are also involved in the provision of specialist multidisciplinary services including:
Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies/Modified Barium Swallow Studies (Goulburn Base Hospital)
- A videofluroscopy swallow study (VFSS)/Modified Barium Swallow study (MBS) is an objective assessment for swallowing and is undertaken with support from the Radiology department.
- The patient is required to eat and drink different textures while being video x-rayed to assess the mechanics of how they swallow.
- A GP or medical officer referral is required.
Early Years Assessment Teams (Moruya and Bega Community Health)
- Multidisciplinary assessment of children’s development from various allied health perspectives including occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, speech pathology, etc.
- Referral is completed by community health allied health clinicians as required.
Healthy Ears, Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL) Project (Goulburn/Yass, Eurobodalla)
- Assessment and therapy for indigenous children.
- Referral is completed by Indigenous staff, schools, preschools, health clinicians as required.
- Children can be seen at the CHC, in the community at schools & preschools (Goulburn/Yass).
Paediatric Mealtime Support Clinic (Queanbeyan Community Health)
- Multidisciplinary assessment and intervention support for children having trouble with feeding and swallowing.
- Referral is completed by community health allied health clinicians as required.
The Child, Infant and Family Tertiary Service
- Tertiary level assessment of children with complex needs from allied health and medical perspectives including paediatrics, psychology, occupational therapy, genetics and speech pathology.
- The service is provided throughout the local health district (LHD) as an outreach service.
- Referral is accepted from GP, health or educational settings via central intake.
Our speech pathology services provide support for both inpatient and community clients within Southern NSW LHD.
Inpatient services are provided to clients who are currently admitted to a hospital in the LHD. Referrals can be made:
- by the patient/family or staff involved in their care
- via the LHD's electronic medical records.
Outpatient/Community Health clients
Outpatient services are provided to people who live in the LHD and are not currently admitted to a hospital.
Dieticians help people understand the relationship between food and health. They also help people change their diet to become healthier and stay healthy.
Our nutrition and dietetic services can:
- coach and educate you and answer your questions relating to food and diet.
- help improve your health outcomes if you are living with acute or chronic health conditions.
- provide nutritional care for inpatients at our hospitals and multipurpose centres. If you have any nutrition concerns when you are in one of our facilities, please let your doctor or nurses know and they can request a dietitian consult.
- provide individual services for people in the community with complex needs, like tube feeding, kidney disease, people undergoing cancer treatment, or those recovering from strokes or extensive surgery.
Our services are available for all age groups. We can provide nutrition advice to groups or health programs. We also work with you and your family, and other members of your health care team.
Our dietician team accepts referrals from your GP, doctor or other health professionals.
- Eat for Health Australia - resources and information about dietary guidelines in Australia.
- Go4Fun - free program for NSW children aged 7 to 13 who are above a healthy weight, and their families.
- Get Healthy Coaching Service (GHCS)- free program to help you reach your health goals. You do it from home, at a time that suits you.
- Make Healthy Normal - free NSW Health service to support the GHCS, it includes other programs that support health and wellbeing.
Qualified social workers provide free and confidential social work services when you, a family member or carer are dealing with complex health or social needs.
If you are in hospital, tell the ward clerk or nursing staff if you or a family member wish to see a social worker. You don’t need a doctor’s referral to access social work services.
How will our social work services help you?
Social Workers are a part of your health care team, which can include allied health, medical and nursing staff.
We provide counselling and support, psychoeducation, information and referrals to community counselling, housing, financial, legal and other service providers.
Social Work services can assist you with:
- elder abuse
- carer support
- palliative care
- sexual assault
- end of life discussions
- child and family health
- child wellbeing concerns
- sudden unexpected death
- domestic and family violence
- bereavement, grief and loss support
- culturally safe and trauma informed counselling and support
- women’s health, including termination and pregnancy support
- adjustment to diagnosis, accident or chronic health conditions like cancer, diabetes, cardiac and renal conditions.
Rehabilitation services in Southern NSW
Rehabilitation can help people recover from various diseases, injuries, or medical treatments that affect their physical, mental or cognitive abilities.
Depending on your needs and the service, we can work with you in a range of locations including hospital gyms, dedicated facilities, and in your home.
We work on improving:
- problem solving
- decision making
- mood and behaviour
- balance and mobility
- carrying out normal daily activities.
Our team include the following health professionals:
- social workers
- speech pathologists
- living skills educators
- allied health assistants
- occupational therapists
- rehabilitation physicians.
SABIS provides a confidential service to individuals—and their families and/or carers—who have experienced a brain injury. Our clinicians are specially trained to support brain injury clients from birth to 65 years of age.
The service provides comprehensive assessments and co-ordination of rehabilitation goals in the Transitional Living Unit, and within the community via our outreach program.
Note: SABIS is not a crisis service.
- memory skills training
- independent living skills training
- individual support and counselling
- advocacy, advice and support with returning to work and school.
- access to support groups and education for individuals and carers.
- a case manager to assist in the coordination of your rehabilitation plan.
- coordination with insurance companies, solicitors, doctors, and other agencies.
- coordination and referral to other community services or rehabilitation specialists.
- Transitional Living Unit (TLU) - a modern three-bedroom residential unit located in Goulburn. Individuals have access to personal ensuites, communal living areas and an internal courtyard.
The TLU is staffed 24-hours a day, Monday to Friday by living skills educators and is open to anyone living in Southern NSW LHD. We support clients with their day-to-day living needs in addition to engaging in therapy sessions.
The team has a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker, speech pathologist, psychologist and living skills educators to help meet our clients' rehabilitation goals.
- Case management services - are available for adults and children. Case managers coordinate the client's rehabilitation plan and work with other members of the client's health team involved in their treatment. This can be schools, workplaces, care agencies, insurance agencies, and medical specialists.
Referrals can be made by individuals, families, carers, medical practitioners or other service providers. We recommend early referral of potential clients.
You can contact our CCIS directly or fill out the referral form provided.
FileSouthern NSW Brain Injury Service SABIS Referral Form (PDF 770.65KB)
Southern Area Brain Injury Service (SABIS)
Monday to Friday, between 8:30am to 5pm
Phone: (02) 4825 4911
Bourke Street Health Service
234 Bourke Street
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