173 Strickland Crescent
Deakin ACT 2600
Telephone 02 6281 8100
Calvary John James HospitalLCMHC Home
We offer a broad range of allied health services to provide holistic care to our patients and their families. Clinicians are available to assist patients to manage their physical symptoms (such as changes in mobility, function, communication or swallowing), and to support patients and their families with psychosocial issues (such as cognitive change, home support, grief and psychological adjustment).
Our staff provide the highest standards of care for our patients. From the moment they enter our hospital all patients are treated with dignity and respect, receiving the best possible care. All patient requests are paramount to us and we will endeavour to comply with your needs.
Occupational therapy aims to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life by modifying the environment, providing adaptive equipment, and exploring alternate ways to complete activities.
These may include energy conservation techniques, self-monitoring, falls prevention, stress management & relaxation, work hardening and individualised treatment interventions relevant to your condition. The Occupational Therapist will help patients to maximise their level of independence and safety in the completion of activities of daily living.
Patient education and treatment groups include:
- Breakfast Club
- Falls Prevention education
- Energy Conservation
Our Occupational Therapists are all registered with AHPRA.
To contact an Occupational Therapist directly, call 6229 2151.
Admission to hospital can be a very difficult and challenging time for patients and their families or carers. Patients may be required to spend a significant period of time in hospital, access services that have previously not been required and / or make difficult decisions regarding health care and plans for the future.
Social Workers work with patients and families as well as Doctors, Nurses and other Allied Health professionals, to assist patients to achieve their goals and ensure a safe discharge from hospital back to the community.
Social workers offer a range of services to patients and their families/carers including:
- An assessment of patient’s social, functional, emotional and environmental situation with a particular focus on discharge planning and adjustment to illness
- Patient empowerment and advocacy
- Co-ordination of family meetings
- Short term counselling including bereavement counselling
- Discharge planning
- Referrals to community service providers
- Assistance with long term Aged Care placement options
- Information and education (including post-surgery services and transport options)
Our Social Workers are all eligible to be members of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
To contact a Social Worker directly, call (02) 6229 2149.
During the course of your admission you may be referred to the dietitian for a variety of conditions and issues that have either arisen during admission or as an underlying concern or condition prior to admission. Patients are given education and information to improve their knowledge and help with strategies to cope once discharged.
Some examples of a referral to the dietitian for individual sessions include but are not restricted to:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Surgical (pre and post) eg gastrectomy, lap gastric banding
- Gastrointestinal disorders (Crohn’s, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis)
- Enteral feeds
- Coeliac disease
- Eating disorders
- Neurological disorders
- Renal disease
Our dietitians are accredited with the Dietitians Association of Australia.
To contact a Dietitian directly, call (02) 6229 2107.
Our Speech Pathologists provide a wide range of services, beginning with initial screening for communication and swallowing disorders and continue with assessment and diagnosis. Advice is provided regarding management, intervention and treatment; as well as providing counselling and other follow up services for disorders of speech, language, swallowing, feeding and voice.
Our speech pathologists help patients manage functional changes – such as communication impairment, swallowing difficulty and secretion management issues – by providing information and strategies to alleviate discomfort and maintain best function.
Our Speech Pathologists work with patients who have developed mild, moderate, or severe language or swallowing difficulties as a result of:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Huntington’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Motor Neuron Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Cancer of the head, neck and throat
Our Speech Pathologists are eligible to be members of Speech Pathology Australia.
An Exercise physiologist is an Allied Health professional who specialises in the benefits of exercise to help patients get fitter for all around good health, or to treat patients with a medical condition through exercise.
They have a wide range of knowledge about the human body and the benefit that exercise has on it, both mentally and physically.
Our Exercise physiologists are knowledgeable about the effects that exercise has on the musculoskeletal system, as well as on the cardiovascular and endocrine systems. They work with both inpatients and outpatients to prescribe exercises for rehabilitation. This includes developing a safe, effective individualised exercise intervention consisting of both gym based exercises as well as a home exercise program.
Exercise physiologists work with patients who suffer from a variety of conditions including:
- Neurological disorders
- Cardiovascular diseases, including obesity
Working side by side with the rest of the Allied Health team, the Exercise physiologists run falls prevention classes and reconditioning classes, focusing on education and self-empowerment for the patient.
Our exercise physiologists are accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).
Our Physiotherapists work in all areas of the hospital with the aim to achieve optimum function for individuals through appropriate group and individual exercise programs, chest physiotherapy and pain control. They work with the patient and their family to enable the patient to regain mobility and independence following surgery or illness, with the primary goal to return home safely.
Our Physiotherapists are trained in gait re-training, mobility aid prescription, motor control re-training, acute and chronic respiratory conditions and neurological disorders. They work with patients following:
- Joint Replacements
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Abdominal and other internal Surgery
- Recent decline in physical function due to dementia, osteoporosis, neurological or respiratory conditions or cancer
Calvary John James Hospital provides physiotherapy services for inpatients as well as day program clients.
Patients are assessed and receive individualised treatment programs addressing specific issues and needs. These include one-to-one sessions, small group exercise classes and if appropriate, hydrotherapy. Education is combined with ‘hands-on’ therapy to reinforce strategies to address self-monitoring, safety and home exercise programs.
For inpatients, exercise and education groups offered include:
- Joint replacement Classes
- Reconditioning and general exercise Classes
- Balance Classes
- Hydrotherapy classes
For patients coming through the Day Therapy Program, exercise and education groups include:
- Joint replacement circuit groups
- Falls Prevention Classes
- Reconditioning Classes
- Hydrotherapy Classes
All our Physiotherapists are accredited with AHPRA.
To contact a Physiotherapist directly, call (02) 6229 2150.
Day Therapy Program
The Day Therapy / Outpatient Rehabilitation Program is suitable for patients who have established rehabilitation needs, but do not need the support of inpatient medical or nursing care. This includes patients recovering from orthopaedic surgery, or patients requiring falls prevention and reconditioning. These sessions are run for 3 hours and utilize the gymnasium (1.5 hours) and hydrotherapy pool (1 hour). All outpatients are reviewed by a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist, spending individual time to work on particular problems, pain or stiffness.
A referral is needed from your surgeon or GP.
Individuals with Private Health Insurance are able to have a health fund check completed to ensure that they are covered as a day inpatient. This does not come out of the extras cover on their health insurance. Eligible DVA patients are usually covered through Veterans Affairs. Individuals requiring treatment from a work injury or motor vehicle injury, require a referral from their Doctor and are assessed for appropriateness for the program.
A multi-disciplinary team approach is utilised, with patients having access to:
- Exercise Physiology
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech pathology
- Social Work
If you are unable to attend an appointment, 24 hours notice where possible is required or your place on the program may be withdrawn.
For any questions regarding the Day Therapy Program, please contact (02) 6281 8113.
For patients only requiring Physiotherapy, an outpatient service is provided which largely utilizes a hands-on approach. This treatment is partially funded through your extras cover if you have this level of cover or by people who self fund to pay the costs of treatment. There is usually a gap payment associated with receiving these services.
If you are unable to attend an appointment, 24 hours notice where possible is required, or payment for the missed appointment may be expected.
No medical referral is required and you can contact Calvary John James Hospital on (02) 6281 8113 directly to make an appointment.
For patients wishing to attend a one hour hydrotherapy session as an outpatient, there are 5 classes a week to choose from. These cost a small fee and are conducted under the supervision of a therapist.
A medical clearance letter is required from your GP or surgeon, stating that the individual is medically fit to be in a hydrotherapy pool. Strict infection control guidelines must be adhered to at all times.
It is recognised that the warmth of the water in hydrotherapy treatment relieves pain, reduces muscle spasm and induces relaxation - allowing a greater range of movement and enhanced rehabilitation. The hydrotherapy pool may allow even the most mobility restricted clients the opportunity of purposeful movement and exercise, leading to a more rewarding lifestyle.