Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are encouraging our patients to consider whether telehealth (online consultation) is a suitable option for them.

What is telehealth?

Telehealth or "online consultations" involves the use of your laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile to safely gain access to the healthcare services you need remotely.

At Melbourne Hand Therapy, your therapist will use video and voice to:

  • Assess your symptoms, injury and needs
  • Provide education on your condition/injury, treatment options, timelines of healing, and ways you can improve your pain/function
  • Provide guidance on ways to modify exercises and activity to allow safe participation and function
  • Provide a home exercise program or progressions to a current program

Who is suitable for telehealth sessions?

At Melbourne Hand Therapy we encourage active rehabilitation through education and exercise. Therefore, many people are well suited to receiving therapy via telehealth. Some conditions do require in-room treatment - particularly post operative reviews where wound care is involved, or sessions where splints are made or modified. If you are unsure if telehealth is suitable for you, please call our rooms to discuss with our reception staff and they will help you determine this.

How does telehealth work?

At Melbourne Hand Therapy we use a program called COVIU to provide telehealth. COVIU is specially designed to provide telehealth services. It is a secure platform, very user friendly and requires no download to use. You will need access to a microphone and camera on your chosen device (desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile). We also encourage setting up in a quiet room that has good lighting to make the most of your session. When you book your telehealth appointment, you will be sent an email or txt with your appointment time and a link. At the start of your appointment (we encourage commencing this 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time) simply click the link. This will open your web browser to a page where you are asked to enter your name, add a photo and read a consent form with a tick box associated. Once this is done you will be taken to a virtual waiting room until your therapist commences the session.

How do I make a telehealth appointment?

At present all telehealth appointments are made over the phone. If you would like to book a telehealth appointment, or change an existing appointment to telehealth please call 03 9899 8490

There is understandably a lot of uncertainty, panic and general unease due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team at Melbourne Hand Therapy is here for you, with your safety and best interest as our priority.

We are continuing to treat patients in the clinic at this time, with additional precautions in place.

These include:

  • Extra cleaning of surfaces and hands with patients being asked to wash their hands upon arrival
  • Requesting patients to attend appointments independently or in cases where this is not possible to have only one essential support person if necessary to limit people in waiting/treatment rooms
  • Patients and team members who have any flu like symptoms, have recently travelled overseas to COVID-19 "hotspots", have returned from any country after midnight 15/3/2020, or those who have had any known exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case are asked to self isolate.
  • If you are required to self isolate, are unwell or have any concerns that compromise your health at this time we can provide online Hand Therapy via Telehealth.

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is the use of video and conference software in a safe and secure setting to connect you to a Melbourne Hand Therapist remotely.

With the current situation we are offering Hand and Upper limb therapy sessions to those unable to safely attend in room treatment via teleconference.

For more information read our news article on TeleHealth and Online Consultations.

Ross attended the AHTA's newly re-designed closed trauma course straight after the AHTA annual conference this year. This course covered the diagnosis and management of complex ligamentous, tendon and nerve injuries and the wide variety of management and treatment techniques that can be used to manage these often complex conditions.

All of our therapists attended the exciting 2018 AHTA annual conference: Reaching for the Future: Innovation and technology in hand therapy practice.

This year the conference was held in Melbourne over three days in October. Some of the highlights included our very own Emmeline Fooks running a 'Yoga in Hand Therapy' workshop, learning about the exciting new research in hand therapy and catching up with our colleagues from around Australia.

Are you an Occupational Therapist interested in further specialist hand therapy training? If so, MHT is running a WORKSHOP (1.5 days): Common Hand Conditions & Splinting on 8-9th November 2018 (VIC)

This course will cover soft tissue conditions and scar management techniques, the assessment and treatment of wrist injuries including fractures and ligament injuries, hand fractures and treatment of osteoarthritis, and tendon and nerve injuries of the hand / forearm.

Throughout the two days all participants will have the opportunity to fabricate splints specific to the conditions covered in the talks.

To register online go to OTaus.com.au



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