Our Falls and Balance Clinic may help you if you have experienced a fall or have mobility or balance problems placing you at risk of falling.
You may be referred to the clinic by Latrobe Regional Hospital, community agencies, or your GP.
A geriatrician, occupational therapist and physiotherapist make up the team that will carry out an assessment on you. This might take up to 3 hours in the presence of your family or carer. A home assessment may need to be carried out by our occupational therapist.
The Falls and Balance Clinic team will meet to set a management plan for you which may include referral to other services. This plan will be sent to you and your GP. It includes a range of strategies aimed at reducing your risk of falling and improving your quality of life, mobility and function.
The management plan may also include strengthening and flexibility programs, balance retraining programs, the prescription of aids and equipment to improve safety and adjustment to you rmedication.
The clinic does not provide ongoing therapy or treatment. Referrals to appropriate service providers for ongoing management is arranged as required.
You'll undergo a review at the clinic 6 weeks and 6 months after the initial assessment.
Latrobe Regional Hospital Allied Health Department, phone 5173 8383 Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm.