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Professionals in SA Relevant During PTA

Physiotherapist – Provides assessment and treatment to address balance, transfers, walking, strength, coordination and range of movement.

Occupational Therapist – Assists patients to increase their level of independence where deficits exist in areas of self care, daily living activities, upper limb function, vision and thinking skills. The occupational therapist also can conduct home assessments and organise equipment, aids and services for discharge.

Speech Pathologist – Provides assessment and treatment to address swallowing, speech problems, language and cognitive difficulties.

Social Worker – Provides counselling for patients and their families in relation to problems arising from illness and hospitalisation. These issues might include grief, loss, trauma, managing life changes including relationships and challenging behaviours. Social Workers also assist with organising Aged Care Assessments (ACAT) for patients and families seeking residential aged care accommodation.

Pharmacist – Reviews medications on a regular basis and works closely with the doctors and nurses and other members of the team to maximise the benefits and the safety of the medications you are receiving.

Dietician – A dietitan assesses nutritional status and adequacy of nutritional intake. They work to provide a diet that is able to meet a person’s nutritional needs while taking into account any special dietary requirements. This may include oral diet, the inclusion of nutrition supplements and/or enteral nutrition (through a nasogastric feeding tube, or a PEG feeding tube).

Welfare Officer – Assists social workers to arrange residential placement and can assist with Centrelink enquiries and other practical concerns during your hospital stay.





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