allied health - Latrobe Regional Hospital
Your hospital stay may include a special diet or nutritional requirements. Our Allied Health Department provides you with access to a dietitian.
Dietitians are university-trained professionals who have completed an accredited degree in nutrition and dietetics.
You may need specific advice about nutrition related to or affecting the condition for which you were admitted. Our dietitians are able to consult on adult or paediatric nutrition. They can also discuss nutritional needs for when you return home, either with yourself or with your family or carer.
The hospital also supports specialist outpatient programs for people with diabetes or who have had gastric banding, however there are no general outpatient clinics.
Dietitians Association of Australia
The Heart Foundation
B. Nutrition & Dietetics, Monash
B. Nutrition & Dietetics, Deakin
Our team of occupational therapists, allied health assistants and diversional therapists want you to achieve maximum independence.
They use a combination of practical lifestyle-based and therapeutic exercises to help you achieve your goals.
It starts with a consultation so our occupational therapists are able to understand your lifestyle and what you would like to achieve through therapy.
Therapeutic exercises may include simple activities you do at home, such as preparing a meal. Your condition may mean you need to adjust how you tackle such activities.
Before you return home, an occupational therapist may also assess your residence for accessibility and safety. There are numerous devices which can be fitted to ensure you are able to carry on with your daily activities.
Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday from 8am-4.30pm
Latrobe Regional Hospital Allied Health reception, phone 5173 8383
Occupational Therapy Australia
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats and works to prevent disease and disability.
Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function and work to help you overcome movement disorders which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury or the result of ageing or life-changing events.
Our team of more than 20 physiotherapists and allied health assistants will work with you to improve your physical function and quality of life.
You may be a patient in any of the medical or surgical units, obstetrics or paediatrics. Outpatients in community rehabilitation programs or from our amputee or specialist clinics or Gippsland Cancer Care Centre also receive physiotherapy.
You’ll be referred for physiotherapy by a doctor or other health professional. On some wards, all patients are routinely seen by physiotherapists.
A physiotherapist will provide you with an initial assessment and treatment. If you need ongoing treatment you will be re-assessed regularly.
Your treatment will occur in the ward or at the physiotherapy gym in the Allied Health Department at Latrobe Regional Hospital and sessions may include hydrotherapy in our pool.
Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday from 8am-4.30pm
Latrobe Regional Hospital Allied Health reception 5173 8383
Australian Physiotherapy Association
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Our Prosthetics and Orthotics team provides care for amputees living in the Gippsland region.
It offers a complete range of external prosthetic devices to child and adult limb amputees.
Each device is custom fabricated and fitted to the highest standards using up-to-date component technology, materials and techniques.
Our Prosthetics and Orthotics Department services and repairs prosthetic devices and components and offers a full selection of socks, sheaths, shrinker socks and suspension sleeves.
Counselling and support are provided by Latrobe Regional Hospital’s social work team.
You or your family may need information about issues that may impact on your hospital stay, therapy or discharge.
Our social work staff members will develop a plan for you with input from your family or carer and medical team. The plan may include meeting with family members or referrals to services.
Emotional support and advocacy are provided.
If you are a patient in our rehabilitation units or programs, you will be seen by a member of the Social Work team.
People receiving care and treatment in our acute wards, outpatient programs, Emergency Department or undergoing a day procedure are seen by a social worker on referral.
Social Work Manager phone 5173 8383
Speech Pathology provides care and services to children and adults who have communication and/or swallowing disorders. This includes speech, language, voice, fluency, cognition, paediatric feeding and patients requiring laryngectomy or tracheostomy management.
Latrobe Regional Hospital Speech Pathologists work across services including all acute and sub-acute units, the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre and outpatient multidisciplinary programs.
Paediatric therapy is provided via the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service.
Specialist Speech Pathology outpatient clinics include:
- videofluoroscopy (instrumental assessment of swallowing)
- paediatric feeding
- voice assessment and therapy
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8am-4.30pm
Contact: Allied Health reception on 5173 8383
Speech Pathology Australia
Australian Aphasia Association
Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Services