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Allied Health, Services, Redcliffe Hospital

Allied Health Services

Our allied health services encompass physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, psychology, speech pathology and dietetics.
We have a strong commitment to research and quality improvement, in order to provide high quality care to our patients. Allied health services are provided across Redcliffe and Caboolture-Kilcoy from emergency departments, acute, sub-acute, maternity, palliative care and outpatient’s services.

What do Clinical Allied Health staff do?

Allied health professionals are health care practitioners with formal education and clinical training who are credentialed through certification and /or registration. They collaborate with medical and nursing staff and other members of the health care team to deliver high quality patient care services for the identification, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disabilities and disorders.

Occupational Therapy

Functional Independence is a core concept and goal of Occupational Therapy and the following services are available:

  • ADL Assessment and Retraining
  • Cognitive / Perceptual Assessment and Retraining
  • Home Assessment and Environmental Audits
  • Hand Therapy
  • Functional Assessment
  • Oedema Management
  • Splinting: Static and Dynamic
  • Prescription of Assistive Devices
  • Primary and Secondary Health Promotion
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Scar management
  • Pressure Therapy

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Social Work

Social Work is an important part of patient services. Social Workers are available to assist patients and their families and carers with personal and practical difficulties. The following services are available:

  • Counselling and emotional support
  • Anxiety about illness and hospitalisation
  • Family or relationship concerns
  • Crisis / trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Discharge arrangements
  • Respite / rehabilitation
  • Financial concerns
  • Legal matters
  • Domestic violence
  • Victims of crim
  • Child protection matters
  • Drug and alcohol
  • Gambling
  • Aged care

There is a social worker allocated across clinical areas within the hospital. Registered patients and their family member/carer are eligible to see the Social Worker. If you would like to see a social worker, please ask the nursing staff or your doctor to contact Social Work Services.

Speech Pathology

The Speech Pathology Department provides a range of specialised services. Inpatient services are provided in both the acute and rehabilitation settings. Services include the assessment, treatment and management of swallowing disorders, including patients with tracheotomy, and communication disorders (speech and language disorders). There is a limited Paediatric service which focuses on feeding issues.


Psychology services are provided within the Redcliffe hospital cancer care service and the Orthopaedic Screening clinic.

All psychologists are registered with QLD Psychologist Registration Board under the Psychological Practices Act 2000 and undertake regular professional development activities to ensure the highest level of expertise.


The Physiotherapy Department is part of Allied health services at Redcliffe & Caboolture-Kilcoy Hospitals and operates across all clinical areas.

Physiotherapy management is provided for the following conditions:

  • Acute and chronic musculoskeletal disability and dysfunction
  • Cardio respiratory dysfunction
  • Geriatric and aged conditions
  • Oncology and palliative care-related conditions
  • Physical mobility impairment
  • Post surgical conditions at risk of developing respiratory complications
  • Surgical, congenital and traumatic orthopaedic conditions

Nutrition Services

Services provide specialised nutritional care to all clinical units within Redcliffe and Caboolture-Kilcoy covering inpatient services.

Key Activities:

  • Patient and sometimes staff dietary education
  • Nutrition Assessment / Diet Therapy
  • Nutrition and Dietetic Consultancy
  • Nutrition Product Service
  • Training and Clinical placement of Dietetic Students


All outpatients’ services are conducted within Primary and Community Health Services

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Last updated: 13 October 2010