Physiotherapy (Community)

ConditionsConditions

There is no condition information for this clinic

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

THS Southern Region

Community Physiotherapy primarily supports adults living in the community with a range of conditions/care needs including:

  • strains, sprains, osteoarthritis, fractures
  • post surgical and acute hospital admission
  • neck/back and other joint problems
  • mild strokes and neurological conditions
  • falls/balance problems
  • walking aid prescription
  • respiratory conditions
  • ante and post-natal care
  • continence assessment and management
  • specific exclusions of service are listed under 'Additional Information' heading below.

Other services offered:

  • Low Back Pain Drop in Clinics for the early management of Acute Low Back Pain, Phone 1800 996 082
  • Continence Physiotherapy services are provided within Community Continence and Community Physiotherapy Services for both males and females. Phone (03) 6282 0760

Under 18's are seen if presenting with simple Orthopaedic conditions  but should otherwise be referred to Paediatric services – (see exclusions below)

More Information:


THS Northern and North West Region

Information unavailable at this time.

Emergency conditions

Community Physiotherapy is not an emergency service.  Patients requiring emergency care should be directed to the hospital Emergency Department.

Priority appointments are provided for patients meeting clinical criteria.

Referral process

Please fax referral with relevant investigation results and current medication list to the geographically appropriate Community Health Centre.

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Specific requirements are detailed in the individual clinic and condition referral guidelines.

Clinic Appointments: Appointments are based on clinical priority and availability of the client. Wait times depend on the acuity of the presentation and risk of deterioration without intervention.

Referral template

For use by health professionals only

Additional information

Specific exclusions to the service

  • Occupational health and safety assessments, workplace audits and manual handling training.
  • Wheelchair prescription, modification or equipment for pressure care
  • Provision of thrombo-embolic deterrent stockings (TEDS)
  • Behaviour management or modification programs
  • Interventions specifically for the management of weight loss
  • Specialised inpatient or outpatient services (available through RHH, CRU, St Giles or other):

Paediatrics:

  • Interventions for paediatric presentations that are primarily of a neurological, respiratory or developmental origin.

Cardiorespiratory:

  • Interventions for sleep apnoea, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
  • Interventions for adult cystic fibrosis
  • Indications for intervention where a client's multiple, complex medical conditions impact on their respiratory management

Neurological:

  • Interventions for spasticity and contracture management (i.e. Botox, serial casting)
  • Interventions for neurological clients requiring complex single disciplinary input or a multi-disciplinary model of care

Hands, Burns and Plastics:

  • Interventions for complex acute hand trauma (i.e. tendon repairs)
  • Interventions for complex elective surgeries (i.e. tendon transfers, hand joint replacements)

Complex Persistent Pain:

  • Interventions for complex regional pain syndrome
  • Indications for multidisciplinary input as outlined in the Physiotherapy Outpatient Referral Management for Complex Persistent Pain Clinical Guideline (pending)

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.