Seven day allied health services for hip fracture, stroke and rehabilitation patients

21 December 2016

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The availability of allied health services for orthogeriatric (acute hip fractures in older people), stroke and rehabilitation patients currently varies depending on the hospital you attend and the type of allied health service you need.

An expert working group, including clinicians and consumers from across the state, has provided recommendations for delivering allied health services to orthogeriatric, stroke and rehabilitation patients, seven days a week.

Once these recommendations have been implemented:

  • If you have an acute hip fracture or stroke, or are a rehabilitation inpatient, you will have access to appropriate allied health services seven days a week, in line with best-practice standards for allied health.
  • Access to dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and speech pathology services will be available seven days a week. Access to podiatry and psychology services will be available five days a week.
  • You will have access to the same allied health services on the weekend as you would during the week, meaning you will receive consistent, quality care, no matter the day of the week.
  • You will recover faster, and there will be less risk of your condition deteriorating, as you will have better access to the specialist care you need, seven days a week.

These recommendations will be implemented as part of the new orthogeriatric, stroke and rehabilitation models of care.

To find out more about the changes, view the Consumer Guide (PDF 110KB) or watch the video below.