General Health and Wellbeing

We proactively look after your general health and wellbeing by working with you to achieve your goals in all aspects of health including:

  • Healthy eating
  • Managing a health weight
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Alcohol and smoking
  • Emotion and mood

 

It’s our priority to manage your health and enhance your sense of wellbeing, boost your immune function, improve your physical fitness and nurture your mental health.

We offer a range of health and wellbeing services that focus on your recovery from illness or injury, or to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our highly skilled and experienced team of professionals listen to what you want to achieve and guide you on the best approaches to succeed.

Healthy Ageing

Healthy ageing is about optimising opportunities for good health and wellbeing over your life, regardless of age. Our treatment allows you to continue to participate in the physical, social and community-based activities you value most in a healthy, happy way.

The aim of our healthy ageing program is to provide you with the support and advice you need to improve and maintain your physical function so you can get the most out of life.

Our offerings include:

  • Exercise programs
  • Hydrotherapy sessions
  • Falls prevention education
  • Home environment assessments
  • Equipment prescription
  • Tai Chi classes
  • Guidance on accessing appropriate social supports
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    Don’t let ageing be a reason to stop doing the things you love. By maintaining your mental and physical health in a safe, secure and long-term focused way, you can ensure that you’ll be able to get the most out of life every day.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    In Australia, a referral is not required to be able to see an allied health professional such as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or exercise physiologist, although it is often helpful for you to bring as much information about your health history as well as any specific medical or surgical details that relate to your reason for seeing a physiotherapist. There are a few exceptions to this, where you will need to obtain a referral from your GP prior to attending our clinic. This includes:

    • Workers Compensation Claims
    • CTP (Third Party) Road Accident Claims
    • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Claims
    • Medicare Claims (e.g. Chronic Disease Management referral)

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults, recommends the following in order to improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, bone health, reduce the risk of chronic disease and depression: o Older adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. o Aerobic activity should be performed in bouts of at least 10 minutes duration. o Muscle-strengthening activities should be done involving major muscle groups on two or more days a week. o When older adults cannot do the recommended amounts of physical activity due to health conditions, they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow. Something is always better than nothing!

    Exercise helps to maintain muscle strength, bone density, balance and optimal heart and lung health. Exercise is also a natural mood-booster, so it is a great remedy for stress. Regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes and can help with managing these conditions. Physical activity is important for maintaining healthy joints, muscles and bones.
    The most important thing is to keep active on most days of the week and to do an activity that you enjoy and will stick with. The best exercises for all ages are functional, whole-body exercises. These can include walking, swimming, Tai Chi, yoga, golf, or dance-based exercise classes such as Zumba. As we age, our muscle mass declines so it is important to try and incorporate some strength-based exercise a couple of times a week.

    WHO defines healthy ageing “as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age”. This includes a person’s ability to meet their basic needs; to learn, grow and make decisions, to be mobile, to build and maintain relationships, and to contribute to society. Healthy ageing includes addressing our physical, mental, emotional and social needs as we get older. Regular involvement in group exercise classes can help you to stay physically fit and active whilst also providing a social environment.

    Eating Disorder Outpatient Exercise Program (EDOPEP)

    Our Eating Disorder Outpatient Exercise Program is designed to reintroduce safe exercise into the lives of individuals recovering from an eating disorder. This program is supervised by exercise physiologists, enabling participants to undertake gym-based exercise and learn the holistic benefits of safe exercise in a supportive group environment. Although individuals will be in a group setting, the exercise volume, intensity, frequency, duration and type of exercise undertaken will be specific for each participant, depending upon clinical presentation.

    The aim is to empower participants with the knowledge and skills to increase safe exercise behaviour, increase healthy associations with exercise that don’t revolve around weight loss and increase ownership of ongoing treatment.

    Our sessions include:

    An exercise component based around the therapeutic approach to exercise, which is designed to:

    • Rejuvenate the body, not exhaust or deplete it
    • Increase mind-body connection
    • Alleviate mental and physical stress

    The exercises within the program include flexibility work, postural control, stability work, resistance exercise, light cardiovascular exercise, breathing control, body awareness exercise and functional movement.

    The education component discussed in each session includes topics such as compulsive exercise, undertaking movement mindfully, body image and exercise, how the body responds to exercise, how to engage in and enjoy exercise.

    Ramsay Health Plus at Hollywood Private Hospital in Western Australia offers the EDOPEP program. Click on the following links to download the brochure and the referral form for this program.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Exercise prescription is the development of an individualised exercise program which takes into consideration the following client characteristics:

    • Age
    • Fitness levels
    • Past medical history
    • Past surgical history
    • Weight
    • Balance and falls risk
    • Patient goals

    • Exercise prescription should be performed by a qualified health professional, such as a registered Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist. Exercises should be regularly monitored and progressed as appropriate.

    The Australian Government Department of Health has developed Physical Activity Guidelines for adults aged 18-64. The guidelines include the following recommendations:

    • Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
    • Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
    • Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2h 30m to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1h 15m to 2h 30m) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
    • Do muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week.

    By consulting an allied health professional who will supervise your exercises and challenge you with progressive programs, you may find that you are able to reach your goals more effectively. Allied health professionals will take into account your overall health and personal preferences which may lead to better compliance and lifestyle changes.

    In Australia, a referral is not required to be able to see an allied health professional such as a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist or occupational therapist, although it is often helpful for you to bring as much information about your health history as well as any specific medical or surgical details that relate to your reason for seeing a physiotherapist. There are a few exceptions to this, where you will need to obtain a referral from your GP prior to attending our clinic. This includes:

    • Workers Compensation Claims
    • CTP (Third Party) Road Accident Claims
    • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Claims
    • Medicare Claims (e.g. Chronic Disease Management referral)

    Services Used in this treatment plan include

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