Statewide Therapy Services

Here at StGiles we have a broad range of Allied Health professionals who often work within a multidisciplinary team for the best outcomes. Our Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Child Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Physiology. Developmental Assessment Team and Continence Clinic services are all offered Statewide.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are specialists in movement and mobility. Our physiotherapy team will work with you to maximise your health, posture, mobility and function. We can offer individual or group sessions at our locations, in your home or in the community. We can provide training and monitoring support as well as prescribing mobility equipment and assistive technology to give you more independence.

Our physiotherapists can help you to:

  • Feel stronger
  • Feel more comfortable
  • Have less pain
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Be more flexible
  • Control movement
  • Choose mobility equipment, such as a wheelchair, walker or standing frame.
  • Improve your posture
  • Learn new skills

Our physiotherapists can also teach your parent or carer:

  • How to help you do your exercises
  • The safest way to help you move
  • How to hold you
  • How to help you use your mobility equipment
  • How they can help you feel more comfortable at home

Speech pathology

Speech Pathology is a specialised service that treats communication disorders, including difficulties with speech, voice and language and providing techniques to allow for communication development for a range of diagnosis and disability. We can offer individual or group sessions at our locations, in your home or in the community. We can provide training and monitoring support as well as prescribing assistive technology to help you communicate

Our speech pathologists can help you to:

  • Communicate with others
  • Learn different ways to communicate
  • Access specialised communication aids and resources
  • Develop speech sounds
  • Learn how to read and write
  • Get help for meal times
  • Learn about the best foods and textures for you to eat
  • Learn social communication skills
  • Receive support for stuttering/dysfluency

Our speech pathologists can also teach your parent or carer:

  • How to help you communicate
  • The safest way to help you at mealtimes
  • How to help you use your assistive technology
  • How they can help you complete therapy activities at home

Child Psychology

St Giles’ psychologists offer behavioural, cognitive (learning) and mental health support to children and young people to support their mental, emotional, social and behavioural development.
Psychologists may also provide resources, information and advice to your family members or carers.

Our friendly psychologists can help you to:

  • Understand your diagnosis
  • Manage depression and anxiety
  • Manage anger
  • Work on your emotional wellbeing
  • Understand and communicate your feelings
  • Express your needs and wants
  • Recognise emotions in others
  • Increase your confidence
  • Learn how to manage stress
  • Help you learn and remember information
  • Develop social skills
  • Build relationships

Our psychologists can also help parents and carers learn the best ways to support you with all the above skills and goals.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists have experience working across the lifespan on a variety of functional goals aimed at increasing independence and participation, which includes support within the home, school, place of employment and/or community settings. An Occupational Therapist can help you to build skills and confidence to take part in everyday activities. They can help develop independent living skills and participation in school. Occupational Therapists also help children and young people to play and participate to their full potential and reach their goals.

Our Occupational Therapists can help you to:

  • Be more independent at home, school or work
  • Look after your own personal care
  • Manage your emotions
  • Be able to use cutlery and eat meals without assistance
  • Learn how to cook
  • Be able to write, draw and paint
  • Get through big changes such as moving from kindergarten to school
  • Be a part of your community
  • Participate in group activities
  • Access specialist equipment
  • Sleep better and manage fatigue

Our occupational therapists can also teach your parent or carer:

  • How to help you be more independent in everyday tasks
  • How to help you use your specialist equipment
  • How they can help you complete therapy activities at home

Exercise Physiology

Accredited Exercise Physiologist’s are university qualified health workers who specialise in providing exercise to people who are unwell, injured or have a disability. Exercise Physiologist’s can work with after a change in health like pulling a muscle or help with something that is ongoing such as difficulty walking or running Exercise is the main treatment method for Exercise Physiologist’s. It is a hands off profession where the client is encouraged to take control of their health through changing their lifestyle.

Our exercise physiologists can help you to:

  •  Improve balance and coordination
  • Get better at running, jumping, catching and throwing
  • Increase movement around the home and community
  • Put in place strategies to help with weight loss
  • Be involved in physical activities in the community

Our exercise physiologists can also teach your parent or carer:

  • How to help you do your exercises
  • How to support you to be involved in physical activities in the community
  • Strategies to support you with weight loss

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is a form of exercise that is completed in a warm hydrotherapy pool.

Aquatic therapy is carried out in the pool by physiotherapists and therapy assistants who have special training in rehabilitation in water. Aquatic therapists use their skills to treat problems with flexibility, strength, posture, balance, general movement, or walking.

St Giles offer programs for both NDIS and private participants, with a focus on achieving goals rather than recreational purposes.

Participants are given individualised programs to complete in the pool. It is modified or progressed as needed throughout the sessions.

For details on our Hobart program please click here.

Development Assessment Team

Developmental Assessment Team (DAT) consists of professionals from Psychology, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy Services we aim to help you as parents/carers and other people involved with your child, understand your child’s strengths, challenges and learning style, so that you can best support your child’s ongoing learning, social and emotional development.

The Developmental Assessment Team offer cognitive/developmental assessments, multi-disciplinary diagnostic assessments and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnostic assessments.

A Psychologist looks at gaining an understanding of your child’s learning ability and adaptive behaviours. These are day-to-day personal and social activities that help them get along with others and foster independence.

A Speech Pathologist looks at gaining an understanding of your child’s communication skills in relation to their understanding of spoken and nonverbal language; how they use their spoken and non-verbal language to interact and how their communication affects their behaviour.

An Occupational Therapist looks at your child’s play, fine motor skills and how we make sense of learning from what we hear, see and touch. This is called sensory processing and affects how you child learns and behaves.

Find out more about how our Development Assessment Team at StGiles can help achieve the ability within.

Continence Clinic – Wee Right Poo Too

StGiles has established Tasmania-wide continence clinic called Wee Right Poo Too, to give Tasmanians of any age the information and skills they need to manage one of the most common problems that we just don’t talk about.

StGiles clinical nurse educators Elisha Deegan and Nadene MacIntosh are accredited by the Continence Foundation’s Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Management.

Now, they are keen to spread the word. The pair promote their mobile clinic wearing yellow and brown tutus. They have a repertoire of ‘clean’ poo and wee jokes, even a jingle.

“We want to help people reclaim their dignity and freedom, but we’ve found humour works wonders, especially with children” Ms Deegan said.

The pair developed the program as part of their work at StGiles.

“When we learned that people have to travel to Hobart for continence support we decided to find a way to get qualified and create a bit of a travelling poo and wee roadshow,” Ms Deegan said.