Tharawal – Allied Health Services
187 Riverside Drive, Airds NSW 2560
When you come to Tharawal you have the right to be treated with respect.
We are a BULK BILL service. All patients must ensure they have a valid Medicare card upon every visit to the GP.
Speech Pathologists support children and their families in all areas of communication. Speech Pathology can help with the following difficulties:
- Pronunciation – children learn new sounds as they grow and develop. Sometimes, children have difficulty pronouncing these sounds and their speech can be difficult to understand
- Voice – this may include a husky/hoarse voice or loss of voice.
- Stuttering – repetitions of sounds and words, block or silences or lengthening of sounds when talking
- Understanding – Children may have difficulties understanding what we say and ask them to do e.g. following instructions and answering questions (receptive language)
- Talking – Children may have difficulties expressing their ideas. They may rely on using actions to tell us what they want or need, have difficulty speaking in sentences or telling stories (Expressive Language)
Occupational Therapy looks at developing and maintaining skills children need to be successful in their lives. OT helps children in the following areas:
- Fine motor skills: holding a pencil properly, using scissors, writing their name, using cutlery, dressing (buttons and zippers), colouring and drawing
- Gross motor skills: assisting children who look clumsy or uncoordinated to be able to participate in whole body activities e.g. hopping, skipping, ball games
- Sensory processing: assisting children who may be sensitive or crave certain sounds/light/touch from their environment. Assists with trying to calm busy children and allow them to be able to sit and focus on activities like sitting at a table or reading a book.
Please contact Tharawal to speak to an OccupationalTtherapist if you have any concerns with your child’s fine/gross motor skills or sensory processing.
Flu shots, wound dressings, health assessments, nebulisers, blood pressures and friendly smiles are just a few things you can receive from the Tharawal nursing team.
In addition to clinical nursing duties, we also co-ordinate the comings and goings of all our specialists.
If you have a specialist appointment at Tharawal you can be assured that you will certainly receive a reminder call the day prior, so please ensure your contact details are up to date!
“In my experience working with people I have found that grief is one of the most difficult emotions to deal with and can be a complex issue. It is important to realise that grief is a very normal response to losing a loved one from you life.
It can present as teariness, reduced motivation and reduced enjoyment of recreational activities and, if unrecognized and unaddressed, can develop into violence, drug and alcohol abuse, social withdrawal and depression.
Despite this, I believe that grief, when managed properly, has the power to strengthen communities and relationships by drawing people together to support each other.
If you are having any troubles with grief or any other emotional or psychological difficulties, please speak to your GP to arrange a referral to see Lynette Toms, our psychologist at Tharawal.
Optometry is about more than making sure you have the right glasses.
The optometrist at Tharawal provides comprehensive optometric examination that includes a full eye health check.
This service is important for your general eye health and should be performed annually for diabetics.
Eye examinations are bulk-billed to Medicare, so there is no cost to you.
An added benefit of seeing the optometrist at Tharawal is that most spectacles can be provided free-of-charge if required.
Diabetic Nurse Educator
The diabetic educator provides education and advice for those with newly diagnosed and long-standing diabetes alike.
This includes a review of the effectiveness of current treatment as well as advice regarding lifestyle changes.
She provides a holistic approach to treatment and suggests whole families undergo lifestyle changes if required.
Podiatry manages foot conditions of diabetic and non-diabetic people.
Patients with diabetes can access the podiatrist at Tharawal for annual diabetic foot screening and education about the various foot problems that can be caused by diabetes.
These include: poor blood flow, numbness, ulcers and joint issues. You can receive advice about the importance of skin integrity and correct footwear.
Non-diabetic foot complaints include heel pain (plantar fasciitis), ingrown toenails and general foot pain.
Podiatry clinic is run once per month and is available by referral from your GP.
Dietitians work with the doctors to advise patients on the specific nutritional management of chronic health conditions i.e. how you can better prevent or manage your health conditions with the foods you eat.
They give dietary advice, help promote healthy eating habits and develop specific diets for people with different nutritional needs such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, food allergies and intolerances.
During your initial consultation, the dietitian will assess your nutritional needs by reviewing your past medical history, current symptoms, daily activities and daily dietary intake.
The dietitian will then translate the science of nutrition into everyday information you can use to improve your diet and your health.
They can help you set diet and exercise goals and provide techniques to achieve them.
They may also book follow up visits to help you to assess goals, maintain dietary changes, and stay motivated and on track