High demand for care closer to home in rural and remote communities Thousands of people in rural and remote Northern Queensland are accessing vital allied health services closer to home thanks to the NAPHL Outreach Allied Health Service (OAHS). OAHS delivers healthcare in parts of our region where people often do not have fast access to affordable allied health services. NAPHL Regional Allied Health Team Leader, Carla Sommers (pictured) says the demand for allied health services closer to home is high. “Our role is to provide individuals within the community education to assist them in the management of their chronic disease, or interventions that may assist in prevention of chronic disease management. “In the past 12 months NAPHL regional allied health clinicians assisted over 2800 individual consumers under our funded program. “In July the team provided 109 per cent of our required occasions of service.” NAPHL Outreach Allied Health Service is supported by funding from Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) through the Australian Government’s PHN Program. The program currently provides diabetes education, dietetics, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry services. “The communities we visit include Moranbah, Dysart, the Whitsunday region, Ayr and Home Hill, Charters Towers, Richmond, Hughenden, Ingham, Cardwell and anywhere in between,” Ms Sommers said “Our dietitians and diabetes educators are always in high demand. Overall our highest referral regions are Ayr and Charters Towers.” Ms Sommers says the OAHS clinicians come to work everyday knowing they are contributing to the health and wellbeing of people in rural and remotes areas by providing a diverse and quality allied health service to the regional and remote communities of Northern Queensland. “For me this is really exciting. This allows us to have a greater impact on the improvement of the health and wellbeing of the communities we service.” Speak to your GP about a referral to the Northern Australia Primary Health Limited Outreach Allied Health Service. Referral forms can be accessed here.