Feb 21
Peak Hill gets Physiotherapy services via Tele Health

​A new pilot project at Peak Hill Multi Purpose Service means the local community can now access Western NSW Local Health District physiotherapy services.

The new Virtual Outpatient Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Service (VOMPS) is now providing communities like Peak Hill the opportunity to access physiotherapy via Tele Health.

Orange Health Service Physiotherapist Amy Archer said that Western NSW Local Health District is committed to improving access to services for people across the district.
“We want to provide care as close to home as possible to reduce the social and financial implications that are associated with travel and time away from home,” said Ms Archer.

“Via Tele Health, and with the help of a clinical support person based in Peak Hill, I am able to assess and treat various musculoskeletal conditions by prescribing exercise, and by providing education and coaching.

“This project is for people who don’t have face to face access to a physiotherapist and need one on one care. This could be someone who has just had surgery, or broken a bone, or someone who has a chronic illness.”

Other suitable people for the program might include:
- Back and neck pain cleared of neurological involvement by their GP
- Peripheral joint issues e.g. shoulder/elbow/knee/hip/ankle
- Post fracture and removal of cast
- Post orthopaedic surgery and need to start moving
- Post mechanical fall with soft tissue injury and/or balance impairment
- Hip and knee osteoarthritis for mobility
- Preparation for surgery e.g. rotator cuff strengthening

Clinics are run fortnightly on Thursdays between 1 – 4pm at Peak Hill Multi Purpose Service. To access the service contact Amy Archer on amy.archer@health.nsw.gov.au.

Thisproject will run until 30 June 2018.