Work It Out
Work It Out is a free education and exercise program that helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic conditions to cope, take part in everyday activities and live a healthy lifestyle. Participants are referred to the program by their doctor.
The program aims to:
- improve your quality of life
- increase your confidence and ability to cope
- improve your level of fitness
- provide a better understanding of how to live a healthy and active life
Each program runs for 12 weeks (Participants can complete more than 1 program). Each week there are 2-4 sessions. Each session involves one hour of exercise and a 45 minute education session. Each participant's exercise program is individually tailored for them by an Exercise Physiologist
and delivered within a supportive group setting.
- How the body works
- What chronic disease is
- The importance of physical activity
- Medication use
- Stress management & Relaxation techniques
- Ways to save energy
- Nutrition and how to cook quick easy meals
The Work It Out team is an inter-professional team supporting each client’s journey. Allied health professionals also undertake one-on-one consultations with clients so they can achieve a greater result.
The team includes:
An Exercise Physiologist is a university qualified Allied Health Professional who has a wide range of knowledge of the human body and the benefits of exercise (both mentally and physically).
They use exercise to
- help patients improve their overall health
- help treat patients with chronic medical conditions such as Obesity, Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Depression, Diabetes, Asthma, Cancer, and Cardiovascular diseases
- improve fitness
- for rehabilitation
Exercise physiologist are knowledgeable about the impact exercise has on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. They can also advise on behavioural modification programs.
Work It Out Exercise Physiologists help you:
- improve your quality of life
- manage your chronic disease and prevent other chronic disease
- with your daily activities and daily living
- increase your strength and cardiovascular systems
- lose, or put on weight
- increase your energy levels
- become more independent
Occupational therapy interventions are designed to engage people in life activities that enhance their health and wellbeing.
They support people with chronic conditions to remain engaged in everyday life including self-care tasks, household duties, family roles, community involvement, work, study and leisure pursuits.
Occupational Therapists use group and individual education sessions to help with:
- fall prevention and management
- home visits, modification advice and assistive devices
- community access and access to activities
- fatigue management
- chronic disease self-management for people with cognitive challenges
- pressure ulcer prevention/assessment
- adapting to life with a chronic condition
- oedema management.
Audiology is the allied health profession devoted to hearing and balance. Audiologists promote early hearing loss detection and intervention to help people maintain good communication across the lifespan.
Audiologists can give advice on:
- hearing tests for babies, children, adults and patients with complex needs who are unable to complete standard hearing tests
- hearing loss – temporary and permanent
- hearing aids, assistive hearing devices, and cochlear implants
- dizziness and balance disorders
- hearing conservation – hearing protection in noisy places
- referral pathways to access appropriate specialists where medical treatment or surgery could be of assistance.
A psychologist helps people learn to cope more effectively with
- life issues
- chronic illness
- breaking past barriers that keep them from reaching their goals
They can help with short term problems (like feeling overwhelmed by a new job, or grieving the loss of a loved one) or with long term problems (like often feeling depressed, angry or anxious). Or you may just want to have a yarn
The Psychologist can help you in many areas.
- Lifestyle effects on health
- Chronic pain management
- Chronic disease management
- Weight control problems
- Sleeping difficulties
- Relationship problems (family, marital, social, occupational)
- Problem solving
- Loss and grief
- Keeping motivated
Dietitians are university trained to understand your health needs and help you learn about good food and your body.
Dietitians help people with weight issues, diabetes, heart problems, gut problems, allergies, cancers, food intolerances and disorded eating.
They support you to eat in a way that helps you stay healthy and strong in body and mind.
It’s a Dietitian’s job to listen to you and try to understand your life so that together you can come up with a lifestyle plan that suits you and your family.
If you would like to see a Dietitian
- ask your doctor for a referral
- talk to Work It Out Program Dietitian to arrange an appointment
- talk to the Work It Out team and ask them to get the Dietitian to contact you.
Podiatry promotes foot and lower limb health and aims to keep people active by reducing foot complaints and diabetic complications.
Podiatrists provide appropriate screening, treatment and advice on foot and lower limb issues for all age groups.
Our Podiatrists are also able to provide free footwear, orthotics and medical aids for eligible individuals.
Access our Podiatrists can be provided for no charge after a referral from your General practitioner.
Physiotherapists help people of all ages to manage a variety of health conditions.
- Acute muscular injuries
- Rehabilitation before and after surgery
- Chronic conditions such as COPD and cardiac disease
- Rehabilitation for neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury
- Incontinence and women’s health
- Assistance with mobility and balance in the home.
Physiotherapists use a variety of assessment methods which starts with a talk about your symptoms followed by specific tests and measurements such as flexibility and strength to help design a treatment plan. Physiotherapists use a holistic approach for treatment to encourage clients to take part in their own care.
Treatment could consist of:
- Exercise programs
- Teaching you self-management techniques
- Airway clearance methods to help with breathing difficulties
- Management of incontinence including pelvic floor re-education
- Manual techniques including dry needling
If you think you could benefit from a review by a physiotherapist ask the doctor for a referral.
Speech pathologists support people with difficulties with communication, eating and drinking, and literacy.
They work with children and adults.
Speech pathologists support adults to communicate, understand, and safely swallow food and drinks.
What can a speech pathologist help with?
- Speech: talking clearly
- Language: talking and understanding what people say
- Use of communication aids
- Mealtime support: eating and drinking safely
- Reading and writing