The Rural Allied Health Team (RAHT) assists older people, people with a disability and people with chronic health conditions to remain living at home.
Our aim is to help promote your quality of life, independence and participation in activities which you enjoy most. We also support carers.
We can support you in a variety of ways, depending on your goals and needs. Team members can visit you at home, or if you prefer, we can arrange for you to see us in our clinic rooms or via Telehealth.
The following Allied Health services are available:
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Occupational Therapy
- Social Work
- Speech Pathology
- Allied Health Assistant
Who are GV Health’s RAHT services available to?
Services are provided to frail older people, people with a disability, people with chronic health conditions and their carers at home or in their local community. To be eligible you must live in Greater Shepparton, Moira Shire or Strathbogie Shire.
The Rural Allied Health Team does not see people in hospital or residential care facilities. The service does not see clients within 30 days of discharge from hospital.
How do I access GV Health’s RAHT services?
Clients can refer themselves or be referred by a family member, carer, General Practitioner (GP) or health professional by calling the Service Access Unit on 1800 222 582 (option 4).
Referrals for RAHT can also be made via My Aged Care:
- Call 1800 200 422, Monday – Friday, 8am to 8pm, and Saturday, 10am to 2pm.
- Apply for an assessment online.
- If you are deaf and/or find it hard hearing or speaking with people who use a phone, the National Relay Service can help you. Select your preferred access option and ask for 1800 200 422.
- If you English is your second language, the Translating and Interpreting Service can help you. Call 131 450, tell the operator the language you speak and ask them to call 1800 200 422.
What will happen during the visit?
Once your referral has been received, one of our clinical coordinators will contact you. You will be asked a series of questions regarding visiting your home, prior to your first home visit.
We request that all clients refrain from smoking and that all pets are restrained or kept in another area of the home when the nurse visits.
During your assessment the staff members will focus on how they can assist you to achieve your best health outcomes. Assessments may include:
- Talking with you about your goals for your health, well-being and independence
- A physical assessment
- An assessment of your home environment to improve safety
- Determining any equipment or assistive technology you may need
- Undertaking a therapy program or treatment
- Providing education and strategies to improve your health care
- Providing suggestions to help you self-mange your condition
- Obtaining consent to refer to other service providers who maybe ale to help you
You may be required to pay a fee for your allied health service. This is $10 per visit. If you are requiring wound care or additional equipment you may be charged according to the products that are required for your care. These costs will be explained to you prior to your appointment with the staff member. Anyone unable to afford to pay will not be refused service.