Rocky Bay’s team of highly qualified and dedicated allied support professionals are here to help optimise the quality of life for our customers by offering support and rehabilitation. Our team of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) registered health professionals provide support in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, psychology and social work.
Speech pathologists diagnose and treat communication disorders. This might include difficulties with speaking, listening and understanding language, reading, writing, and the development of social skills. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drinking safely can also be assisted by a speech pathologist.
Our speechies, as we like to call them, work with customers of all ages who have difficulties through developmental delays, learning disabilities, autism, stroke, brain injury, intellectual disability and neurological disorders.
Occupational therapists (OTs) support people living with disability to increase their independence in all aspects of life, such as taking care of oneself, working, and participating in hobbies and social activities. This might include help with dressing, personal care, cooking meals or shopping. It may also include prescribing equipment or technology that assists with independence.
Rocky Bay’s OTs can also help with assessing a customer’s home environment to determine if modifications or assistive equipment could help increase independence and safety.
All our OTs are regulated by AHPRA.
Our physiotherapists are specialists in movement and mobility. They supporting people living with disability to achieve their optimum functional mobility through exercise, postural support and, in some cases, respiratory care.
Physiotherapists can help individuals to recover from physical injuries and serious health conditions, such as an acquired brain injury, in addition to supporting individuals who have lifelong conditions, such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Rocky Bay are proud to be able to offer contemporary neurological rehabilitation to our customers.
Our physiotherapists tailor programs to meet the individual needs of each customer, as well as assisting with the prescription of mobility equipment, orthotics and equipment for supporting body posture. They are also able to implement programs in the home or community, while working closely with other health specialists to make sure customers receive a holistic service.
Rocky Bay has a team of psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers who have a wealth of experience working with children and adults living with disability, offering support to customers and their families who may be going through emotional challenges and helping them to understand and manage their feelings and behaviours. They also work with customers who are adjusting to a new diagnosis, such as a spinal cord injury, helping them to navigate the changes that have occurred in their lives as a result of the injury and support emotional adjustment.
Services may be delivered through one-to-one individual sessions or group sessions, depending on what will provide the best outcome for the customer. Support and education can be provided to family members and support workers to assist with strategies for managing behaviours of concern.
Please note, not all mental health conditions can be supported by Rocky Bay’s psychologists, who have a specific focus on mental health as it relates to a person’s disability. Some mental health conditions are better managed by community mental health services and may require input from a community psychiatrist.
Social workers are available to support customers with decision-making, advocacy, financial or legal matters, and provide referrals for community services. They may also offer specialist support to customers with an acquired disability to help adjust to their changed circumstances.
If you, or someone you know, would like more information on Rocky Bay’s allied health professional services, please call our Customer Engagement team on 9383 6113.