Community Physiotherapy

Community Physiotherapy services vary significantly in the different regions. Please access the tabs below to see the services available in your area.

Services available at these locations

Coffs Harbour

To refer to Physiotherapy Services at Coffs Harbour specify the service you require and mail or fax your referral to the following address:

Coffs Harbour Health Campus Physiotherapy Services
345 Pacific Highway
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Referrals are triaged according to assessed urgency.
For further information please contact:

Phone 02 6656 7700
Fax 02 6656 7687

Hours
8am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday except public holidays.

 

Dorrigo

Dorrigo MPS (Multipurpose Service) Physiotherapy Department
Beech Street
Dorrigo NSW 2453

Phone 02 66927711
Fax 02 66927792

Hours
Physiotherapy Out-Patient Service (available 8.30am to 5pm, 4 days a week)Hou

  • Pre and Post orthopaedic surgical rehabilitation and management (eg knee/hip replacement surgery, shoulder surgery, spinal surgery, surgically managed fractures)
  • Musculoskeletal injuries (eg muscle, bone and joint injuries, sporting injuries)
  • Chronic ‘pain management’ and rehabilitation (limited services)
  • Arthritis management
  • Hand therapy (including post op rehabilitation following fractures and tendon injuries)
  • Back and Neck pain, Headaches, Whiplash
  • Respiratory (acute and chronic conditions) eg Asthma, Bronchiectasis, COPD
  • Splinting (limited)
  • Plastering
  • Falls Assessment and prevention
  • Neurological conditions – Rehabilitation (limited)
  • Walking aid prescription and supply
  • Prescription and supply of various braces (ankle, knee, wrist, elbow)
  • Women’s Health and Pregnancy (pelvic pain, foot pain, back pain, pelvic floor). If problem is complex, referral to ‘women’s health physio’ if needed
  • Paediatric services (gross motor/developmental assessments, torticollis, toe walking, in-toeing, musculoskeletal concerns). As this is a limited service, consultation with or referral to Specialist Paediatric physiotherapists may result following initial consult.

Physiotherapy in-patient and A&E service
Dorrigo has 6 acute beds and an Emergency Department. The above services are also provided when an admission (into A&E or Acute Bed) is required due to any of the above.

Referral
A referral is required to utilise the physiotherapy services at Dorrigo Hospital. This can be from GP, Specialist, Community Nursing, Child Health Nurses, Allied Health , Hospital Medical or Nursing staff.

Clients must ring the physiotherapy department as soon as they have a referral so that they can be placed on the Waiting list.   Referrals can be faxed, handed in at the hospital reception or brought in by the client at their initial appointment.

Work Cover, DVA and Third Party clients can be referred to the Dorrigo Hospital physiotherapy department, but if the waiting list is long, they will be encouraged to seek Private Physiotherapy services.

Waiting List
All Urgent referrals will be prioritised over more chronic long term conditions. Hence clients who have chronic or non-urgent conditions may have to wait for up to three months for an appointment at busy times of the year. All attempts are made to see Urgent referrals within the week.

Port Macquarie

Senior Community Physiotherapist
Phone 02 5524 2161
Fax 02 5584 2139

Community Physiotherapy offers a wide range of services aimed at helping people transition to their home environment from hospital, to stay safe at home and prevent admission to hospital, and to maximise function. Services are often carried out in the home environment,  and are targeted towards people who would physically struggle to access outpatient services.

Services include:

  • Mobility assessments
  • Falls prevention assessments and exercise programs
  • Cardiac and respiratory reconditioning exercise programs
  • Neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinsons, MS and stroke
  • Palliative Care clients with deteriorating function
  • Hydrotherapy Prescription
  • Health promotion presentations to community groups
  • Mobility equipment prescription, fitting and loans.

The Community Physiotherapy service also runs the Cardiac Rehabilitation program (PMBH), the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (PMBH) and the Laurieton Respiratory Exercise Group (LUSC) in collaboration with cardiac and respiratory nursing services.

Referrals

Referral can be made by any Medical Officer, Health Professional or registered care provider. We also accept self-referrals in some circumstances on discussion with the Senior Community Physiotherapist.