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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a specialised area of allied health that helps people to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and function with the aim of promoting maximum independence and/or quality of life. Physiotherapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, whose movement and function are compromised by the process of ageing or that of injury or disease.   They work with patients to identify and improve their movement and function and assist the rehabilitation process by developing and restoring the affected body system.

Physiotherapy (PT) has many specialties including neurological, cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, orthopaedic, sports, paediatrics and women’s health. PT management commonly includes prescription of, or assistance with specific exercises, manual therapy, education, hydrotherapy and functional rehabilitation.

What services do Physiotherapists provide in Broken Hill?

Physiotherapists in Broken Hill offer both in and outpatient services, mainly including:

  • Post- operative rehabilitation to patients with orthopaedic and general surgeries in the surgical ward
  • Cardiopulmonary services to Intensive Care Unit patients
  • Stroke rehabilitation and functional rehabilitation in the medical ward
  • Post natal services in the maternity ward
  • Children with disabilities
  • Inpatient services to the paediatric ward
  • Hydrotherapy

     
  • Patients with musculoskeletal and sports injuries, lymphoedema, post mastectomy, post amputation, Neurological disorders and post orthopaedic surgery

  • Mobility assessments in Emergency department and fracture care to patients referred by ED

  • Group exercise classes for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, falls prevention, post TKR and chronic back pain rehabilitation

 

The physiotherapy department at the Broken Hill Health Service also provides Outreach physiotherapy services to Wilcannia, Tibooburra, Ivanhoe and Menindee with Royal Flying Doctor Service. It also supports placements to physiotherapy students from different universities in NSW and first year secondment physiotherapists from St George Hospital, Sydney

 

Where is Physiotherapy?

The physiotherapy department is located in the Broken Hill Hospital. When entering the main foyer follow the signs to Physiotherapy.

 

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 8.30 am- 5:00 pm

 

How to Contact

Telephone: 08 8080 1405

 

How to Access Service

To see a physiotherapist a referral is required. The referral can be made by a GP, any doctor in fast-track clinic or wards, any other health service or other health professional. Upon receipt of referral, appointment can be made by telephone or in person at the reception desk in physiotherapy department. Appointments are given according to priority of injury.

Clinical Placements

 

For undergraduate or graduate entry students interested in securing a clinical placement at Broken Hill Health Service or any health service within Far West LHD, please contact John Walker, Manager Student Placement Services at 08 8080 1241 or john.walker2@health.nsw.gov.au.