Podiatry and foot care – treatment and support for foot wounds, in-grown toenails, muscular or bone issues with your feet or foot alignment issues i.e. they roll in or out.

Physiotherapy – treatment as a result of muscle and joint strains and sprains or arthritic conditions.

Occupational Therapy – support and treatment to retain independence and safety in your home due to a medical condition resulting in you having a physical disability

Falls Prevention – advice, support and techniques to prevent falls in older adults who have had a fall in the past or who are unsteady on their feet.

Speech pathology and speech therapy – assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management to adults with swallowing and speech difficulties as a result of neurological disorders such as stroke or brain injury.

Management of Chronic Conditions – support for clients with chronic conditions (any condition that lasts longer than 6 months) such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, obesity, diabetes, chronic pain or heart disease.

Village Creek – rehabilitation equipment

Community Rehabilitation – specialised multidisciplinary allied health team supporting adults with neurological conditions or major amputations.

 

Podiatry and foot care

  • General podiatry treatment including minor foot wounds
  • Management of in-grown toenails including nail surgery
  • Biomechanical assessments
  • Prescription and supply of foot orthoses (a shoe insert to help support and better align the foot)
  • Patient education
  • Foot care for people with diabetes
  • ‘Footsure’ group education session – provides foot care and foot wear tips. Participants are taught how to check their feet, how to care for their nails, how to choose appropriate footwear, how to use moisturizer and what products to buy. It will give helpful tips to those who find it hard to reach or see their feet.  Family and carers are welcome to attend. Footsure sessions are provided to ACT residents.

Who can use this service?

  • ACT residents holding a Centrelink Pension or Health Care Card
  • Adults and children

Cost

While it is free to use our service, charges do apply for orthoses (a shoe insert to help support and better align the foot).

Service locations

Our services are available at various Community Health Centres across the ACT. The Community Health Intake team will offer you the earliest available appointment, noting that this may not necessarily be at the Community Health Centre closest to you.

  • Belconnen Community Health Centre
  • City Community Health Centre
  • Dickson Community Health Centre
  • Phillip Community Health Centre
  • Tuggeranong Community Health Centre

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

What to bring to your appointment

  • Shoes that you wear often
  • Any current orthoses (shoe inserts to help support and better align the foot)
  • A list of your current medications

 

Physiotherapy

Treatment including stretches and massages to strengthen and repair muscles as a result of strains and sprains, arthritic conditions, neck and back conditions and muscular recovery after surgery.

Who can use this service?

  • Adults 25 years and above.
  • Clients must reside in the ACT. Clients are not eligible if they:
    • are receiving high level care within an aged care facility, or are receiving home assistance through an Extended Aged Care in the Home package (EACH).
    • are DVA gold or white card holders
    • have a compensable claim for the condition.
  • Clients can self refer, Medical Practitioners and other health professionals can also refer clients to the service.

Cost

Free for Medicare Card and Asylum Seeker Card cardholders.

Service locations

Our services are available at various Community Health Centres across the ACT. The Community Health Intake team will offer you the earliest available appointment, noting that this may not necessarily be at the Community Health Centre closest to you.

  • Belconnen Community Health Centre
  • City Community Health Centre
  • Dickson Community Health Centre
  • Gungahlin Community Health Centre
  • Phillip Community Health Centre
  • Tuggeranong Community Health Centre

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

 

Occupational Therapy

Community Care Occupational Therapists offer prescription of home modifications and equipment to assist with safety and independence for clients with physical disabilities. Individual assessments and treatments are provided in the clients’ homes.

Services include:

  • Prescription of equipment to address issues of safety and independence within the home (e.g. shower chairs, raised toilet seats, wheelchairs)
  • Advice on home modifications such as bathroom modifications and wheelchair access ramps
  • Prescription of pressure injury prevention equipment (e.g. wheelchair cushions and pressure mattresses)
  • Independent Living Centre – provides information, clinical assessment and consultation for assistive technology and equipment.

Who can use this service?

  • Adults 25 years and above
  • Clients must reside in the ACT. Clients are not eligible if they:
    • are receiving high level care within an aged care facility, or are receiving home assistance through an Extended Aged Care in the Home package (EACH).
    • are DVA gold or white card holders
    • have a compensable claim for the condition.  
  • Clients can self refer, Medical Practitioners and other health professionals can also refer clients to the service.

Cost

Free for Medicare Card and Asylum Seeker Card cardholders.

Service locations

Our services are available at various Community Health Centres across the ACT. The Community Health Intake team will offer you the earliest available appointment, noting that this may not necessarily be at the Community Health Centre closest to you.

  • Belconnen Community Health Centre
  • Phillip Community Health Centre

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

 

Falls prevention

Advice, support and techniques to prevent falls in older adults who have had a fall in the past or who are unsteady on their feet.

Services provided

  • The Falls and Falls Injury Prevention Service is a component of the Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care Service in ACT Health. The service works with individuals and community organisations to raise awareness of how to prevent further falls in older adults who have been identified as at risk of falls.
  • Assessment Clinics are conducted weekly at Tuggeranong and Belconnen Health Centres. A referral is required to access these clinics. 
  • Identified strategies used by the Falls and Falls Injury Prevention Service include;
    • Providing individual advice and information during clinic assessments.
    • Community based multidisciplinary assessment clinics.
    • Allied Health home visit assessments and follow-up.
    • Prevention and early intervention strategies for at risk individuals;
    • Providing and developing local community education activities and resources.
    • Education programmes for health care staff and aged care service providers.
  • Stepping On – a community based education program for clients over 70 years. This seven-week programme will teach about many aspects of falls and injury prevention and aims to help older adults identify and address their own falls risk factors.

The programme is most suited for individuals living independently in the community.

Who can use this service?

People aged 65 years and over and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 55 years and over who:

have experienced a fall;
are restricted in their normal daily activities due to a fear of falling; or
report (or their carers or family members observe) difficulty in their balance or walking.

Cost

Free for Medicare Card and Asylum Seeker Card holders.

Service locations

Our services are available at various Community Health Centres across the ACT. The Community Health Intake team will offer you the earliest available appointment, noting that this may not necessarily be at the Community Health Centre closest to you.

  • Belconnen Community Health Centre
  • Tuggeranong Community Health Centre

Book an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

 

Speech pathology and speech therapy        

The Rehabilitation and Aged Community Care (RACC) Speech Pathology Team provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management to adults with swallowing and speech difficulties as a result of neurological disorders such as stroke or brain injury.

This includes people with dysphasia, dysarthria, dyspraxia, dysphagia, dementia and people with degenerative neurological conditions.

Our goal is to:

  • improve functional ability
  • educate and improve understanding of a condition and how to manage it
  • retrain lost or impaired communication and swallowing ability
  • support deteriorating conditions with technology, and
  • prevent deterioration of current function where possible.

Who can use this service?

Adults with swallowing and speech difficulties as a result of neurological disorders such as stroke or brain injury
ACT residents

Cost

Free for Medicare Card or Asylum Seeker Card cardholders.

Service locations

Our services are available at various Community Health Centres across the ACT. The Community Health Intake team will offer you the earliest available appointment, noting that this may not necessarily be at the Community Health Centre closest to you.

  • Belconnen Community Health Centre

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

 

Management of chronic conditions (health conditions lasting greater than 6 months)

Support for clients with chronic conditions (any condition that lasts longer than 6 months) such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, obesity, diabetes, chronic pain or heart disease.

  • A six week education course – ‘Living a Healthy Life Style with Long Term Conditions’ education course is offered at various venues and at various times during the year. The course is free. Partners, carers and friends can also attend.
  • Individual Support Clinic appointments – a free individual support clinic, open to anyone (including Carers of people with chronic conditions). Our Registered Nurse will assist you with developing  a plan to achieve your personal health goals, including how to:
    • live a more active life
    • manage your condition better
    • navigate the health system to obtain the care you need
    • get the most out of your medical appointments.

Who can use this service?

  • Adults with chronic conditions (any condition that lasts longer than 6 months) such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, obesity, diabetes, chronic pain or heart disease.
  • ACT residents

Cost

Free for Medicare Card or Asylum Seeker Card cardholders.

Service locations

Our services are available at various Community Health Centres across the ACT. The Community Health Intake team will offer you the earliest available appointment, noting that this may not necessarily be at the Community Health Centre closest to you.

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

When you call to book an appointment, a CHI representative will register your details and ask specific questions about your health care needs. You may be transferred to one of our nurses for further assessment in order to determine your eligibility and arrange the most appropriate service for your needs.

More information

Do you have a chronic health condition? Any condition lasting six months or longer such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, obesity, diabetes, chronic pain or heart disease.

This evidence based course is being conducted by ACT Health in partnership with SHOUT Inc and CIT Skills for Carers Program. Carers and friends of people with chronic conditions are encouraged to attend the course.

 

Village Creek – Rehabilitation equipment and support devices

Clinical Technology Services provides the Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) Service, Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Seating Service (SWAPS) and Clinical Technology Workshop-Equipment repairs and modifications from the Village Creek Campus.

Services provided

  • Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) Service – a service providing assessment, advice, manufacture and fitting in relation to prosthetics, orthotics and medical grade footwear.

Prosthetics are artificial body parts provided to amputees.  Orthotics are devices to support or align the body, to reduce pain and improve mobility and function. 

Medical Grade Footwear refers to shoes for when standard off-the shelf footwear cannot help with specific foot conditions. This could include: the prescription of prefabricated, customised or custom-made footwear; and the manufacture and fitting of customised and custom-made footwear.

  • Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Seating (SWAPS) Service - a consultancy service that works with clients, carers and their treating therapists to make wheelchair and seating systems for clients with complex posture and seating needs. These can be commercially available products, or the manufacture of components to meet special needs.  The service works with the Clinical Technology Workshop to fit both commercial and custom-made systems.
  • Clinical Technology Workshop (CTW) – services and repairs wheeled mobility devices for ACT clients. They can design, manufacture and fit components to wheeled mobility devices in collaboration with a client’s treating therapist and / or the SWAPS service.

Who can use this service?

Referrals are accepted from clients, carers, GPs and other health care providers.

Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Seating (SWAPS) Service referrals need to be made by a client’s primary treating therapist via the Community Health Intake (CHI) Service.
Clinical Technology Workshop referrals for equipment repair can be made by contacting Village Creek Reception directly. Referrals are accepted from clients, carers and other service providers. For equipment modifications or customisation, referral must be made by the treating therapist via the Village Creek Reception.

Cost

The Community Health Intake team will notify you of any costs at the time of booking.

Make an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).

Clinical Technology Workshop referrals for equipment repair can be made by contacting Village Creek Reception directly on (02) 6207 0658.

We are located at the Village Creek Centre, 37 Kingsmill Street, Kambah.

 

Community Rehabilitation

The Community Rehabilitation Team (CRT) is a specialised multidisciplinary allied health team supporting adults with neurological conditions or major amputations. It provides goal-orientated, time limited rehabilitation services to clients residing in the ACT community and assists clients in achieving optimal functional independence and facilitating their independence and return into the community.

Services provided

  • Multidisciplinary rehabilitation.  This can be group or individual in nature.
  • Some additional programs include:
    • Parkinson’s Disease Group
    • Stroke Education Group
    • Motor Neurone Disease Clinic

Who can use this service?

Adults 18 years and above.

Cost

Free for Medicare Card or Asylum Seeker Card cardholders.

Service locations

Our services are available at various Community Health Centres across the ACT. The Community Health Intake team will offer you the earliest available appointment, noting that this may not necessarily be at the Community Health Centre closest to you.

  • Belconnen Community Health Centre
  • Phillip Community Health Centre
  • Village Creek

Book an appointment

Call the Community Health Intake (CHI) team on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).