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PRIMARY CARE

The Primary Care department provides a comprehensive range of allied health and medical support services in the following areas.

  • Arthritis Education and Support Group
  • Asthma Education
  • Better Hearing Group
  • Better Health Self Management
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Community Health Centre available to community groups
  • Community Network Meetings
  • Counselling Services
  • Diabetes Education
  • Dietetics
  • ECG Checks
  • Health Education and Screening
  • Immunisation Nurse Practitioner
  • Live Life Well Program
  • Massage Therapy / Myotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Positive Mental Health and Stress Programs
  • Pre and Post Natal Care
  • Speech Pathology
  • Women’s Health Clinic – Breast Screen, Pap Smear Clinic

Nutrition (Dietetics)

The nutrition (dietetics) service is conducted by a qualified Dietitian who applies nutrition knowledge in the prevention and treatment of human illness in accordance with scientific principles. The Dietitian possesses specialised training in food composition and the psychological, biochemical and social factors relating to human nutrition in health and disease.

The Dietitian provides a wide range of services, from individual clinical management of patients, to general nutrition education, health promotion, consultancy and staff and student education.

Diabetes Education

The Diabetes Educator aims to provide the client with diabetes, their families or care givers with appropriate skills, knowledge and support to enable them to:

  • Accept and understand the diagnoses of diabetes
  • Maintain optimal management of diabetes
  • Accept responsibility for self management and monitoring
  • Understand the need for monitoring / prevention of complications
  • Enable people to incorporate the management of the diabetes into their lifestyle
  • Understand the need for ongoing education and support from health professionals on regular basis
  • Encourage family involvement and support in understanding and managing the diabetes.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists are health professionals who are training to assist people to overcome limitations caused by injury or illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of aging. They specialise in the rehabilitation of patient functional abilities including personal self care, domestic and community living skills.

South West Healthcare provide a visiting OT to the Terang and Mortlake districts, a referral from your GP, District Nurse or other Health professional is required and assistance with a referral may be made by contacting Ph: 5563 1493 or Email: otregional@swh.net.au

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a health care profession which provides services to enable individuals to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout life. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors.

Physiotherapy is primarily concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres or promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social well being. It involves the interaction between physical therapist (PT), patients/clients, other health professionals, families, care givers, and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to Physiotherapists.

Podiatry

Podiatrists are health professionals who deal with the prevention, diagnosis treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.

Podiatrists treat conditions resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft tissue and muscular problems as well as neurological and circulatory diseases and lower limb complications such as nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toe nails. Foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by podiatrists.

Speech Therapy

Speech Pathologists provide services to people with communication and eating/swallowing disorders. The Speech Pathologist liaises with teachers, medical staff, other Allied Health and Nursing staff, and parents, to develop comprehensive support programs, and to maximise therapy benefits.

Speech Pathology is aimed to assist clients who have difficulties with; articulation (speech), receptive and expressive language, learning and literacy (reading and writing), stuttering, voice, speech and language difficulties associated with hearing loss and intellectual disability.

Women’s Health Clinic

At Terang & Mortlake Health Service we are commited to providing quality healthcare based on person centred needs.

The women’s health clinic provides an opportunity for women to learn about their health, so that they are more able to take responsibility for their own health & wellbeing. These clinics are provided by a registered nurse who has undergone additional specialised training in women’s health & family planning.

This is a FREE and confidential service which enables women to discuss issues that may be of concern in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Where necessary the nurse will also provide assistance in accessing other services.

Services provided include:

  • Pap Tests
  • Instruction on Breast Self Examination
  • Menstrual problems
  • Contraceptive advice
  • Advice on Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Continence advice
  • Endometriosis
  • Midlife issues
  • Pregnancy testing & Counselling
  • Support & Referral on violence and abuse issues
  • General health information and health checks
  • Nutrition (Dietetics)
  • Diabetes Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Speech Therapy
  • Women’s Health Clinic