Allied Health

“Promoting independence at home”

Heart Foundation Walking Groups

Nutrition and Dietetics

Occupational Therapy

Physiotherapy

Podiatry

Speech Pathology

 

 

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Join up or start your own walking group

The Heart Foundation of Victoria is in a major push to recruit hundreds of walkers to help Aussies live more active, healthier lives.

Most adults know the importance of being active but busy lifestyles, safety concerns and a lack of motivation make it easy for us to put off being active.

‘With more than one in four Australian adults (5.76 million people) doing very little or no exercise at all, the Heart Foundation has found a way to help people get back to being active,’ www.walking.heartfoundation.org.au

Heart Foundation Walking groups are perfect for people of all ages and fitness levels, but are especially good for people who aren’t currently active and want to change that. 

Heart Foundation Walking groups are a simple, safe way to be active and best of all they are free.

Heart Foundation Walking groups are coordinated locally by Gateway Health, Wangaratta.
Existing groups are:

“Fun, Fit & Furry” group walks on a Tuesday, 9.30am to 10.30am in winter months and 8.30am to 9.30am in summer months starting at Open Door Neighbourhood House 61 Burke Street, Wangaratta. T: (03) 5721 9175. This group does not walk during school holidays.

"Gateway Dynamo’s" walk on Wednesday mornings starting at 9.30 in front of the PreVue café, Faithful Street, Wangaratta. This is a 30 minute slow paced walk where you can enjoy a social coffee afterwards with the group.

Alternatively, if you would like to start up your own walking group please contact the Allied Health Team on (03) 57232000.

 

Nutrition and Dietetics - A Dietitian can support:

Building confidence in the kitchen to prepare and cook meals.
Food budgeting and cooking skills.
Navigating a supermarket and reading food labels.
Increasing awareness of the food the body needs for good health.
Dietary choices to help conditions such as diabetes and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Supporting and assisting the provision of nutrition through tube feeding.
Changes in circumstances that have affected eating, preparation of meals or shopping, e.g. a recent illness or the death of a carer or partner.
Changes in a health condition which requires a higher food intake e.g. recent surgery, wounds, breathing problems.
Unintentional weight loss or gain.
Eating poorly because of a reduced appetite.
Limited food within the home e.g. empty fridge or pantry.
Excessive amounts of uneaten or out of date food in fridge, pantry or bin.

A person may see a Dietitian if they experience:

Changes in circumstances that have affected eating, preparation of meals or shopping, e.g. a recent illness or the death of a carer or partner.
Changes in a health condition which requires a higher food intake e.g. recent surgery, wounds, breathing problems.
Unintentional weight loss or gain.
Eating poorly because of a reduced appetite.
Limited food within the home e.g. empty fridge or pantry.
Excessive amounts of uneaten or out of date food in fridge, pantry or bin.

Click here to view our Nutrition and Dietetics fact sheet.

Think a Dietitian only supports weight loss and restrictive diets? View the video below to see an example of how our Dietitians support people in a fun, relaxed environment to be independent with meal preparation.

Click here to view information about fad diets released by the Dietitians Association of Australia

Click here to view information about fad diets and young people released by the Dietitians Association of Australia

An Occupational Therapist can:

Support you to make daily tasks easier in the home and community
Provide equipment for use within the home such as bathroom or toilet equipment
Suggest home modifications such as changes to the bathroom, rails installation, step modifications or ramps.
Promote confidence to safely get out and about in the community

A person may see a Occupational Therapist if they experience:

Difficulty with showering, dressing or toileting
Difficulty getting into the home or up steps
Pressure injuries
Forgetting information or difficulty planning tasks e.g. planning meals, medications
Difficulty getting into the home
Recent falls or trip hazards around the home
Difficulty with equipment such as wheelchairs or scooters

 

A Physiotherapist can support:

Maintaining strong muscles and bones to be as active and independent as possible.
Assistance with walking and balance.
Strategies to prevent falls.
Home exercise programs to maximise energy and strength.
Walking aids to maintain independence in the community.

A Person may see a Physiotherapist if they experience:

Difficulty moving around the home and community environments, such as using furniture to support or to assist walking.
Difficulty getting in and out of a chair, bed or car.
A change in walking patterns e.g. shuffling or unsteadiness.
Muscle or joint discomfort that limits daily activities.
Long periods of time spent in one position e.g. bed or chair.
Trip hazards around the home e.g. rugs, cords, pets and general clutter.
Recent falls or have a fear of falling.
Noticeable loss of strength and endurance.

Select here to view our Weights and Strength Program (WASP) fact sheet.
Select here to view our Tai Chi for Health fact sheet.
Select here to view our Tai Chi for Diabetes fact sheet.

Podiatry:

A podiatrist can work with you to resolve a number of issues relating to the feet, including:

  • Painful feet
  • Corns and Callus
  • Wound care
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Footwear education and advice
  • Review assessment and prescription of orthotics

 

We provide podiatry services to individuals of any age. Gateway Health podiatrists are located in:

  • Wangaratta
  • Wodonga
  • Myrtleford
  • Benalla
  • Bright
  • Mansfield
  • St Johns Retirement Village in Wangaratta
  • Illoura Residential Aged Care in Wangaratta

Select here to learn more about how Podiatry can help you.