Physiotherapy

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that works with people to improve their ability to move and function.

Physiotherapy offers individual patient assessment and management, and group programs. Each department has a well-equipped gymnasium and Broadmeadows Hospital also operates a hydrotherapy pool for aquatic programs. If required physiotherapists may provide home-based therapy in the patient’s own home. Physiotherapists work closely with other Allied Health professionals and  General Practitioners to best improve a patient’s health.

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

You will be advised by your physiotherapist what to bring to the appointment. It is recommended to dress in clothes that permit movement and to wear appropriate footwear. If completing exercises or attending a group you may be advised to bring a drink bottle.

Contact us

To enquire about your referral:

Please contact the Community Access Service:

Free Call:      1300 128 539

Email:     Community.Access.Helpdesk@nh.org.au

For other enquiries:

Allied Health Enquiries: alliedhealthenquiries@nh.org.au

 

For Health Professionals

Service Overview

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that works with people to improve their ability to move and function. Physiotherapists can offer a range of interventions, services and advice to improve someone’s health, function and wellbeing. The evidence-base underpinning physiotherapy is constantly evolving as practitioners develop new knowledge and understanding through critical reflection, evaluation and research. Northern Health Physiotherapy maintains strong links between clinical and academic settings and is responsive to developments in practice, education and research.

Physiotherapy services are provided across all Northern Health campuses in inpatient (acute & continuing care) , ambulatory and community settings. The large department of over 100 staff supports subspecialties in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory, paediatrics, pain, continence, women’s health, aquatic and emergency physiotherapy. Experienced, post-graduate trained physiotherapists provide primary contact clinics and services in the Emergency Department and as part of the outpatient orthopaedic and neurosurgery clinics.

The Associate Director Allied Health – Physiotherapy is supported by four Physiotherapy Clinical Leaders who have responsibility for particular service areas. The department staffing includes Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Allied Health Assistants.

Physiotherapists provide services in the following locations/programs:

The Northern Hospital

  • Emergency Department (ED) / Short Stay Unit (SSU)
  • Inpatient Units- adults, paediatrics and neonatal
  • Day Procedure Unit (DPU)
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Service
  • Orthopaedic Pre-Admissions Clinic
  • Hospital in the Home
  • Rehab in the Home
  • Early Stroke Discharge Program


Bundoora  and Broadmeadows Hospital

  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit  (BECC and BH)
  • Rehabilitation Unit  (BH)
  • Acute  Inpatient Unit (BH only)
  • GEM at Home
  • GEM at Kilmore

Ambulatory and Community Programs

(The Northern Hospital, Bundoora , Broadmeadows Hospital  and Craigieburn )

  • Community Therapy Service (CTS)
  • Subacute Ambulatory Care Services (SACS) – Bundoora, Broadmeadows Hospital and Craigieburn
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – Bundoora
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) – Bundoora
  • Home and Community Care Program for Younger people (HACC PYP) Bundoora
  • Specialist Clinics:
    Cognitive Dementia & Memory Services (CDAMS), Fall and Balance, Pain Management (Bundoora and Broadmeadows Hospital)
    Spasticity Clinic (Broadmeadows Hospital only)
    Paediatric Outpatients (Northern Hospital, Epping and Craigieburn)
    Transition Care Program – Bed based and Home based
    Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP)

Inclusion criteria:

External referrals are only accepted for the following programs. Please refer to the service directory listing for inclusion criteria:


How to Refer:

Referrals are accepted through the Community Access Service:

Free Call:      1300 128 539

Fax: 8405-8616

Email:     Community.Access.Helpdesk@nh.org.au

Alternative service options:

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Director/Head of Unit:

Melanie Hogan

Associate Director, Allied Health – Physiotherapy

Enquiries:

Allied Health Enquiries: alliedhealthenquiries@nh.org.au