Allied Health Team
Palliative Care Social Workers provide a service to palliative care patients in the community and to inpatients in both the acute hospital and the Inpatient Unit.
A Social Worker in Palliative care can help with:
Patients can be referred to the social worker by their doctor, nurse or other health team member. Social Workers can also be contacted at the Social Work Department on 9767 6680.
Additional support is available from the following services:
Clinical Psychologists have specialist training in assisting people with a wide range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties including anxiety, depression, adjustment to illness and finding meaning and hope.
Clinical psychologist reviews can be arranged in the clinic, Inpatient Unit or hospital.
Occupational therapists aim to optimise function and independence in valued and essential daily tasks.
The role of the occupational therapist includes:
Occupational therapist reviews can be arranged in the community, Inpatient Unit or hospital.
Physiotherapists maintain or improve mobility in palliative care patients as weakness and falls are common problems.
The role of physiotherapists includes:
Physiotherapist reviews can be arranged in the community, inpatient unit or hospital. A referral to the physiotherapist can be made through your GP, specialist or community nurse.
Exercise Physiologists prescribe, deliver, and adapt movement, physical activity, and exercise-based interventions to facilitate and optimise health status, function, recovery, and independence.
The role of an Exercise Physiologist (EP) is to provide exercise advice and exercise programs to:
Exercise Physiology reviews can be arranged in the community, inpatient unit or hospital clinic.
Programs include an initial assessment with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, prescription of an individualised exercise program, and the option to participate in supervised group exercises classes. Referrals are essential, and are accepted from any member of the Palliative Care team.