Allied health


Epworth promotes an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care, overseen by a doctor. Professionals in the fields of physiotherapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, social work and dietetics are employed to work at Epworth in both the acute wards and rehabilitation.

 

For further information on allied health services please see rehabilitation services or contact:


Jo Goodridge, Allied Health Manager 

Phone: 03 9415 5747



Dietetics


​Epworth's dietetics department provides a comprehensive range of nutritional services to inpatient and outpatients, as well as educational support to patient’s families and carers. Dietitians are available to consult on all aspects of nutrition including assessment, recommendations for nutritional management, implementation of therapeutic diets and nutrition support, nutritional counselling and education.

Our aim is to assist in optimising patient health, nutritional status and quality of life. The department also works closely with Epworth's food service teams to meet the nutritional needs of all patients.



Epworth Eastern

03 8807 7591

Epworth Freemasons

03 9483 3585

Epworth Richmond (Acute)

03 9426 6122


Epworth Brighton

03 9591 9247

Epworth Camberwell

03 9805 4156

Epworth Hawthorn

03 9426 6259

Epworth Richmond (Rehabilitation)

0439 335 940

 



Occupational therapy


Occupational therapists aim to maximise a patient’s function and safety. Wherever possible, they facilitate a patient's return to his/her previous level of function. Activities of daily living include personal care, domestic and community tasks, leisure, work and driving.


Epworth Brighton

03 9591 9200

Epworth Camberwell
03 9809 2444

Epworth Richmond
03 9426 6666

Accute Occupational Therapy

03 9426 8721

 



Physiotherapy


Physiotherapists and exercise physiologists use exercise prescription to maximise a patient’s potential and aim to return them to the community as near to functioning at their pre-existing physical level as possible. These programs are provided as inpatient and outpatient services.


Physiotherapy manager
03 9426 8706

Epworth Brighton
03 9591 9232

Epworth Camberwell
03 9805 4254

Epworth Hawthorn

03 9415 5789

Epworth Richmond
03 9426 8706

 



Psychology


The psychologists at Epworth work with inpatients, outpatients and people living in the community. Referrals from external sources may be appropriate. The psychology department is comprised of both neuropsychologists and clinical psychologists.


The psychologists are mainly involved with patients who are receiving rehabilitation following work or motor vehicle accidents or who have experienced stroke or other neurological impairment.

Epworth Camberwell
03 9809 2444

Epworth Richmond
03 9426 6666

 



Social work


Social workers provide a service across the acute and rehabilitation areas of the hospital. Social workers assess the impact that the change in health status has had on the social situation of the patient and family. This is done in order for the treating team to adequately plan and organise the patient’s care and discharge based on their individual social needs. The focus is on family support and community integration.

Social Work Manager
03 9426 8540

Epworth Brighton​

03 9591 9205

Epworth Camberwell

03 9805 4177

Epworth Richmond
03 9426 6081

 



Speech pathology

Epworth's speech pathology team are involved in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of a range of communication, cognitive and swallowing impairments. The department provides specialist services to maximise the recovery and well being of people with difficulties arising from a variety of neurologic impairments and medical conditions.

These impairments may occur following a stroke, head injury, dementia, neurosurgery, respiratory, head or neck cancer/surgery, tracheostomy and/or other medical conditions.


Acquired brain injury rehabilitation

Epworth's speech pathologists also specialise in facilitating recovery in these areas following acquired brain injuries (often as a result of work place and motor vehicle accidents). This care involves a team approach (in conjunction with medical, nursing and allied health professionals) to assist people to return to activities such as day to day tasks, work and study, social communication and eating and drinking.

 

Information brochures

The following brochures explain Epworth's speech pathology services, and the conditions speech pathologists assess and manage.

 
 
 
 

Locations

The speech pathology department provides inpatient and outpatient services at multiple Epworth locations. Services generally operate from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) are available at Epworth Richmond.

 

Acute services (inpatients only)

Epworth Richmond

03 8420 2630


Rehabilitation (inpatients and outpatients)

Epworth Brighton
03 9591 9417

Epworth Camberwell

03 9805 4125

Epworth Hawthorn

03 9426 8726

Epworth Richmond
03 9426 8726