Advanced Care Planning
Chronic Disease Management
- Diabetes Education
- Respiratory Education
- Better Health Self-Management – to help people improve their management of ongoing illness
- Work health – enabling employees to improve their wellbeing in their workplace
- Group Information – open discussions and education sessions on common health concerns.
Eligibility & Access You, or anyone acting on your behalf, can request an appointment with the Community Health Nurse. Referrals are also accepted from your doctor, specialist or other health care worker.
- Assessment and care co-ordination of health needs. In consultation with the client, the Community Nurse will make all appropriate referrals for community or hospital based services.
- Assistance with medication and advice on alternative treatments.
- Specialised health care knowledge to enable you to make informed choices regarding your health care.
- Clinical care and support following illness or discharge from hospital
- Wound care, which may involve dressing and treatment
- Palliative care: supporting people in the community with a terminal illness by providing nursing support.
Eligibility & Access You, or anyone acting on your behalf, can request an appointment with the Community Nurse. Referrals are also accepted from your doctor, specialist or other health care worker. To make an appointment, call us on 5237 8500. Fees There is a minimal charge for the service, and the cost will be determined and discussed with you, on the initial visit.
Strength for Life Strength for life is a professionally designed program that increases strength and agility in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. This is an ongoing weekly program run three times a week that you are welcome to join at any time.
No Falls The ‘No Falls’ program is an exercise program designed to improve strength and balance for daily living for older community clients who may not have participated in exercise for some time or may find the other exercise programs too challenging. Each class runs for about an hour, followed by a presentation from a health expert. A light lunch is provided. Transport is provided for those who do not have their own means of transport.
Eligibility Everyone is welcome! Call Customer Services for details of ongoing courses on 5237 8500
Pilates Pilates classes run weekly through the school terms for beginners, intermediate and advanced participants. The classes strengthen core muscles through this carefully tailored exercise programme. Each class runs for an hour. Call Customer Services for details of ongoing courses on 5237 8500
- maximise your level of independence
- assist your recovery
- help to make the environment safer for you and your carer
The following equipment is available to hire on a weekly basis:
- Bath bench
- Bath boards
- Bed overhead grip & bar
- Bed pan
- Bed sticks
- Breast pump
- Dressing Aids
- Four point sticks
- Joyce lounge chair
- Kingston chair
- Kylie blanket
- Male urinal
- Over toilet seat
- Shower chair
- Shower stool
- Single point sticks
- Slide boards
- Spenco mattress
- Ventolin spacer
- Walking frame
- Wheelie frame
Eligibility Any person may hire our equipment, subject to an assessment by a Doctor, Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist or other health professional. Please contact our Occupational Therapist or the Nurses’ Station to discuss your needs. A deposit is required at the time of hire, and hirers are required to enter into a hire agreement with Otway Health, which will stipulate the costs involved, and the condition in which the equipment should be returned.
Needle Exchange Program
- assessment and rehabilitation of skills in self-care, home duties, performance at school or work, driving and leisure.
- home or work assessment and modifications.
- prescription, and education in use of, adapted equipment, hand therapy and splinting
- teaching ways to adapt to age related changes
- assisting children with any condition or disability that affects their ability to perform everyday activities at home, school or the community.
Eligibility This service is available to all residents of and visitors to the Otway Health catchment area. Please contact Customer Services Officer on 5237 8500 for any enquiries and associated fees.
- Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
- Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
- Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death
- Integrates psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
- Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
- Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in bereavement.
- Uses a team approach to address the needs of the patients and their families – this can include Bereavement Support
Otway Health Aged Care residents with a life-limiting illness are offered Palliative Care that improves their quality of life through:
- The prevention of suffering
- The treatment of pain
- The identification of physical, social and spiritual needs
The unique needs of dying patients are considered, their comfort maximised and their dignity preserved. Appropriate cultural resources (including interpreter services) are used to help clients and their family to express their needs in culturally safe and individually relevant ways.
- joint mobilisation or manipulation
- soft tissue massage
- supervised exercises
- home exercise program
- pain relief techniques such as ultrasound, IFT or laser
We can provide sessions in your own home if you are unable to attend appointments or require assistance with exercises. Eligibility This service is available to all residents of and visitors to the Otway Health catchment area. For more information call our Customer Services Officer on 5237 8500 for a fee schedule.
- Visits: bi monthly
- By appointment
Eligibility: Available to all residents and visitors to the area.
For more information, please contact Customer Services Officer on 5237 8500
- Patients seen by the Doctor are charged directly by the Doctor
- A bulk billing fee is charged for emergency patients, however additional fees may be incurred for non-urgent patients. Fees are charged at the discretion of the attending Doctor
- Patients transferred by ambulance for further medical treatment are responsible for all ambulance fees
- Patients attending for non-urgent care may be charged for dressings and bandages or supplies