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Discovering Coonabarabran: Allied Health Deployment

A Hospital in the Home (HITH) physiotherapist recently embarked on a rural deployment supported by the Ministry  of Health. Belinda Kelly, physiotherapist, undertook this pioneering endeavour, spending four weeks in Coonabarabran (Gamilaroi Country).

During her deployment, Belinda had the privilege of engaging with patients ranging from seven to 93 years old, addressing a diverse array of physiotherapy needs. The face-to-face outpatient sessions were particularly valued by patients, offering them personalised care and support that virtual consultations couldn’t match.

Belinda said one notable success story involved a gentleman in his 70s diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Through targeted exercises and educational interventions, Belinda helped improve his mobility significantly, reducing his risk of falls and enhancing his overall quality of life. Similarly, a young athlete recovering from ACL reconstruction benefited from tailored rehabilitation under Belinda’s expert guidance, enabling a safe return to sports.

“For me this was a great opportunity to meet and work with people from all walks of life,” said Belinda.

“This has been a great opportunity to use the broad range of physiotherapy skills and begin to understand some of the challenges faced by regional healthcare.” 

The NSW Health Deployment Program offers short-term opportunities spanning two to 13 weeks for nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals across regional, rural, and remote NSW. Participants receive accommodation, meals, travel, and incentives, fostering professional growth and providing a chance to explore new environments while contributing to essential healthcare services.

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“For me this was a great opportunity to meet and work with people from all walks of life,”

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