The WHY Program in the Wimmera aims to provide HACC eligible clients with access to a broad range of Allied Health and other services in the local government areas of West Wimmera, Hindmarsh and Yarriambiack Shires. This collaborative approach to service delivery is aimed at promoting sustainable relationships between HACC funded Assessment Services, Allied Health services and other alternatively funded community based services.
* To enhance access to allied health services in the specified Shires
* To increase referrals to Living at Home Assessment Officers
* To promote a person centred and enabling approach to all HACC services through increased involvement of allied health clinicians and more flexible service delivery
The catchment includes:Dimboola, Edenhope, Goroke, Hopetoun,Jeparit, Kaniva, Minyip, Murtoa, Natimuk, Nhill, Rainbow, Warracknabeal and Woomelang.
Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy is available to people meeting HACC criteria with musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary, orthopaedic, vestibular or women's health issues. The service provides assessment, education and treatment, with the aim of maximizing functional capacity.
Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapy is available to people meeting the HACC criteria who have difficulty with everyday activities. The service provides support in all areas of day to day living and includes self-care, leisure and vocational activities. Services include home based assessments, equipment prescription, home modification advice, school visits, hand therapy, education and support groups (including Cardiac Rehabilitation). Clients may be helped to relearn old skills or learn new ways of doing things or the use of aids/equipment. The majority of these visits will occur within the home environment.
A range of other allied health and community based services are provided within the WHY catchment and delivered through other Shire based services. Contact your local service provider or West Wimmera Health Service to refer to this service or for more details.