Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Pool Not a Medical Facility; Physio Rejects Council Hydrotherapy Claims and Highlights Redcliffe Success

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Pool Not a Medical Facility; Physio Rejects Council Hydrotherapy Claims and Highlights Redcliffe Success

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Fast facts

The therapeutic use of water has a long history;

Various forms of hydrotherapy have been recorded in ancient Egyptian, Persian, Greek and Roman civilisations;

It provides great benefits to people with a range of conditions or illnesses, including joint replacements, back pain, arthritis, sports injuries, stroke, decreased mobility, cardiac reconditioning, MS and Parkinson's.

Shelley Strachan

DEPUTY EDITOR

shelley.strachan@gympietimes.com

LEADING Gympie hydrotherapy pool advocate Anita Femiano has again rejected Gympie Regional Council's stance that a hydrotherapy pool is a medical service/facility that should be run with medical support and health service funding.

Gympie Mayor Mick Curran and Ms Femiano have put forward different opinions on what temperature constitutes a hydrotherapy pool, how much it would cost to run and who should or would meet those costs.

Ms Femiano says the award winning Dolphins Aquatic Facilities at Redcliffe, built with local council and government grants in a community with a similar demographic to Gympie's, was an example of the sort of facility and publicity Gympie should be getting.

Those facilities include a 25m program pool at 29 degrees joined to a 25m hydrotherapy pool at 33-34 degrees, Ms Femiano said.

"The Redcliffe District Rugby League Football Club and Redcliffe Council (now amalgamated in Moreton Bay Regional Council) didn't make the mistake of considering a hydrotherapy pool to be a medical facility but recognise it as a whole community health, fitness and recreation facility along with their 29 degree program pool.

"The two pools together, and now combined with a gym that turns the whole centre into a profitable enterprise, provide for the health, fitness and swimming needs of the whole community in a cohesive way that doesn't separate any sector of the community off as being 'different to us,'" she said.

"One of the big differences between a hydrotherapy pool and a CT scanner (or any other medical equipment or any medical facility) is that having a medical condition is not a prerequisite for benefiting from it. …

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