Rocky Bay are excited to announce the opening of a new hub in Geraldton, which will initially see the delivery of therapy services and support coordination to the greater Mid-West.
The organisation’s first regional hub will offer physiotherapy, speech pathology and occupational therapy, as well as NDIS Support Coordination and the development of accessible homes in the future.
Rocky Bay CEO, Michael Tait, said the opening of the Geraldton hub builds upon the organisation’s network of ten metropolitan hubs, and will guarantee that high quality support is accessible to people of all abilities in, and around, Geraldton.
“We are very excited and proud to offer services to the Geraldton community, with the skills, resourcing and backing of our Perth teams and the expertise of our allied health professionals,” Michael said.
“There is such great demand for providers in regional areas like Geraldton. In the near future we are looking to be more than just a service provider of therapy and support coordination, by positioning ourselves as a provider of Specialist Disability Accommodation in the area.
“It is an exciting time for Rocky Bay with our plans for further expansion and growth across Western Australia.”
Rocky Bay Physiotherapist, Portia Ho, will be leading Geraldton’s physiotherapy services. Portia’s experience has seen her support youth and adults, focusing her expertise on people with neuromuscular conditions and supporting them to achieve their mobility goals.
Portia’s role involves providing respiratory care, developing home exercise programs, hydrotherapy, falls prevention, equipment prescription, as well as supporting caregivers with manual handling training.
Portia recently completed a PhD at the University of Notre Dame Australia, where she completed research for her thesis about understanding falls in older adults who live with an intellectual disability in Western Australia.
“Falls can have serious consequences such as reduced mobility, increased need for support, head injuries, or even death,” explained Portia.
“The aim of my research was to investigate the incidents and prevalence of falls in people with intellectual disability in WA, and to explore the barriers and enablers to taking up evidence-based falls prevention recommendations.”
Portia explained that an individualised approach was found to be the most effective way to implement falls prevention strategies, such as having an exercise program carried out in a familiar place.
Portia’s highly sought after professional and academic experience will be integral to supporting customers in the Geraldton community.
For more information on the services available at the new hub, located at 148 Durlacher Street, Geraldton, please call 1800 570 525 or email [email protected].