Event highlights health projects

ORANGE boasts some of the best healthcare services in NSW and they will continue to improve after a community and allied health quality showcase yesterday highlighted some of the unique and innovative projectsunder wayacross the Orange Health Service.

Speech pathology manager and quality showcase committee member Jane de Bruyn said a range of projects were presented, including improving access to relative accommodation, physiotherapy intervention in the pre-admission clinic and pressure care education programs.

“There’s a number of projects being showcased that have been carried out by community and health staff and we are looking at evaluating the services we provide and how we can improve what we are offering to our clients,” she said.

“We are very proud of the many and varied projects under way at the Orange Health Service’s community and allied health service at the moment. This day is an opportunity for us to share the work we are doing.”

Other projects presented included the guideline-based practice in rural sub-acute care, Aboriginal attendance in rehabilitation and evaluation of the adult outpatient speech pathology service.

“The project I just presented was on the school service we run from the speech pathology department. We see a huge number of children every year through those services and we’re looking at how we can improve that service,” Ms de Bruyn said.

“Another project that was great was the pre-admission clinic run by the physiotherapists.

“They’ll look at how we can support people coming in for hip replacements and how to help them get out of hospital early and safely.”

Community and allied health staff including physiotherapists, administration staff, allied health assistants, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and Aboriginal health workers took part in the day.

ALLIED HEALTH SHOWCASE: Speech pathology manager and quality showcase committee member Jane de Bruyn, chair Anne Smart and commitee members Elizabeth Scott and John Burns take time out to discuss yesterday’s presentations. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER 0509lshospital

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