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Southern Queensland Rural Health launches telehealth service

May 07, 2020

General Practitioners are encouraged to refer suitable patients to the Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH) Health and Wellness Clinic (based at Baillie Henderson Hospital).

As of April 6, the Health and Wellness Clinic became an online service with participants continuing to progress toward their health and wellness goals via telehealth. Feedback so far has been positive with participants meeting the challenges of learning new technology (helpfully guided by SQRH Clinical Educators and students).

The professions involved in the clinic are: Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Nursing, Dietetics, Social Work and Psychology.

Participant inclusion criteria includes at least two of the following:

  • BMI >25
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated Cholesterol
  • Elevated Blood Glucose levels
  • Poor physical activity levels (less than 150min of exercise per week)
  • Poor eating habits (less than two fruit and five vegetables per day)

Exclusion criteria:

  • Existing access to allied health and nursing programs under an alternative funding model eg Chronic Disease Management Plans, Veterans’ Affairs, National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Acute symptomatology (physical or psychological)
  • BP greater than 200/110
  • Significant cognitive disability
  • Pregnancy
  • Under 16 years of age
  • Active Court Proceedings related to mental or physical health and wellness
  • Access to treatment via insurance claims eg WorkCover, accident insurance claims

For further information contact the Health and Wellness Clinic team on (07) 4699 8691 or email: hawcadmin@uq.edu.au

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