Comprises of over 350 staff in a variety of disciplines providing services to patients across their continuum of care. Together with doctors and nurses, allied health practitioners are regarded as the third pillar of health care providers in Australia. Our workforce is comparatively young and has a high degree of passion about the way in which they contribute to patient management. They are often innovative in their approach to patient care and are valued by the teams of which they are a part of.
Bendigo Health has a strong commitment to providing evidence based allied health care with established staff and student education programs and a high level of involvement with research and quality improvement activities.To support the professional development of our allied health staff we offer an internal professional development program within each discipline and regular multi-disciplinary sessions. We also support staff to enhance their own development and promote high quality care through structured clinical supervision programs within each discipline.
We welcome new graduates to the organisation and strive to provide a supportive and rich learning environment. Most disciplines offer rotations through different clinical areas to expose graduates to a range of different experiences.An allied health early career support program is available to staff.
We value our role in student education and host over 5500 clinical placement days per year across most disciplines and we have strong links with education providers. Student supervisors are supported to provide high quality student placements with regular supervision training offered. The La Trobe Rural Health School run a number of Allied Health courses locally which has led to close collaborations in education and research between the two organisations.
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The Bendigo Health
Audiology department is a part time service employing 2 Audiologists. Audiology
provides outpatient diagnostic hearing assessment services to both adults and
children, and enjoys close links with the acute Ear, Nose and Throat clinic. Bendigo
Health Audiology is the only public provider of hearing testing for children
under school age in the Bendigo region. The service also now boasts state of
the art tympanometry and acoustic steady state response diagnostic testing
Physiologists at Bendigo Health contribute largely in the Outpatient
Rehabilitation Services with some presence on the Acute Campus and Inpatient
Rehabilitation. Four Grade 1 Exercise Physiology rotations exist with
strong support from senior colleagues in a developing research culture with
involvement in student placements.
Therapy Department consists of over 80 occupational therapists and provides
services to a large number of programs at Bendigo Health, the department aims to provide timely and accessible
services to patients, clients and residents of Bendigo Health. There is a large Grade 1 rotation program with additional targeted
support provided to new graduates.
Nutrition and Dietetics
and Nutrition department has over 20 staff and provides services to acute and
sub-acute inpatients, residential services and across a range of community
programs. Clinical dietetics focuses on the inpatients and manages nutrition
based medical issues. The community and residential services have a
stronger public health, health promotion and home based nutritional focus. The
department also manages the Home Enteral Nutrition program.
More than 80 Physiotherapists
at Bendigo Health work across the continuum of care. Physiotherapists are
involved with innovative delivery of services including Physiotherapy led
Orthopaedic Waiting List Services and Level 4 Pain clinic services aiming for
continuous quality improvement in a person centered approach.
employed at Bendigo Health across a range of programs with a particular focus
on the management of people with diabetes in high risk foot clinic, inpatient
and rural community settings.
operates in a diverse range of services including inpatient settings; community
and psychiatric areas. Using an empowerment model the focus of service is
assisting clients gain the confidence to take responsibility and control of
health and wellbeing and assist in finding resolutions to problems causing
concern. Social work services provide a value add approach within the
medical model to address the emotional/psychosocial aspects of health.
at Bendigo Health is a professionally and clinically diverse service, offering
assessment and treatment for communication and swallowing disorders across the
continuum of care. The team of more than 20 speech pathologists contribute
their expertise to acute and subacute inpatient services, local and regional
outpatient rehabilitation services, community health paediatrics and severe
service is staffed by clinical psychologists, clinical neuropsychologists,
clinical health psychologists, general psychologists and provisional
psychologists. Psychologists at Bendigo Health provide a wide range of services
aimed at aiding recovery and adjustment following illness, injury or trauma and
allowing individuals to gain maximum benefit from the specific programs
offered. The psychology service is concentrated in two main program areas,
mental health and outpatient rehabilitation.
are a number of Allied Health Assistant (AHA) roles established at Bendigo
Health in a variety of areas including inpatient, rehabilitation and community
settings. Most AHAs currently are supervised by physiotherapists and
occupational therapists to work with individual patients or with patients in