Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Therapists in Short Supply; More Allied Health Professionals Needed

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Therapists in Short Supply; More Allied Health Professionals Needed

Article excerpt

Byline: Jacob Miley jacob.miley@dailymercury.com.au

THE rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has uncovered a gap in available allied health services in Mackay.

Since the NDIS took effect in November, more clients are covered by private practice; however, there is a shortage of allied health professionals to meet their needs.

In one area of private practice, occupational therapists who specialise in spinal services are being flown to Mackay from Townsville in response to urgent requests from clients.

Mackay and District Spinal Injuries Association service manager Joanne Flynn said there were very few occupational therapists who specialised in spinal services in Mackay.

"The larger organisations down in Brisbane and even up in Townsville have OT's specifically for spinal services, but we are just not lucky enough to have it here," Ms Flynn said.

Specialists had been flown out on three occasions since the rollout of the NDIS, Ms Flynn said, and she has also spoken to a fourth client who has requested an urgent service.

A National Disability Insurance Agency spokesperson said they sent an "occupational therapist with specialist skills in complex home modifications to provide services in Mackay, as there are no local providers with those specialist skills at present". …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.