Allied Health Services

At WNHS our whole approach to your care means you will have access to doctors, nurses and midwives, and also specialist physiotherapists, dieticians, social workers, pastoral care workers, occupational therapists, radiologists and pharmacists. We truly understand that caring about all of you will achieve the best health outcomes.

Our Allied Health services include:

In Australia, overseas visitors, overseas students and patients who are not eligible for Medicare under their current VISA arrangements are required to pay for the cost of their health care. Please contact the Overseas Liaison Officer on (08) 6458 1066 or email KEMHPPLO@health.wa.gov.au to obtain information regarding fees for your appointment.

 

Social Work

KEMH social workers play an important role on the multidisciplinary healthcare team here at WNHS. 

Examples of our services

  • Support by providing counselling and advocacy to patients and families with personal and family relationship problems, family conflicts and domestic violence.
  • Assistance for families identified with high risk social complexities and child protection involvement.
  • Assessment, referral to treatment and early interventions for those impacted by drug and alcohol use.
  • Support, information and referral after grief and loss experience.
  • Assistance to cope with stress and anxiety associated with illness, disability and pregnancy related complications, mental health problems and other trauma.
  • Counselling to clarify options and strengthen decision making, such as for an unplanned pregnancy.
  • A Senior Welfare Assistant providing practical aid for problems affecting attendance at the hospital, such as transport.
  • Aboriginal Health Liaison Officers to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.
  • Assistance with problems associated with financial difficulties, poverty and disadvantage.
  • Information, liaison and referral to services about parenting and other resources in the community.

How to access this service

If you would like to access any of the social work services listed above or have any questions, you can let any member of your KEMH healthcare team know that you would like to speak confidentially to a social worker. 

The KEMH social work department is located on the Lower Ground Floor in B Block and is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Walk in appointments are available with a referral form your healthcare team.

Referrals are also accepted about public or private patients from any hospital staff or community colleagues. We would appreciate the Social Work Referral Form (PDF), being completed when referrals are made by health care professional.

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 2777
Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday
Location: Lower Ground Floor, B Block, KEMH

 

Nutrition and Dietetics

Our Nutrition and Dietetics team are here to support women during their care journey at WNHS. We provide assessment, advice and education, to women accessing all available services at WNHS.

Examples of our services

  • Nutritional Assessment
    An evaluation of how well-nourished a person is and their individual nutritional requirements in the context of their medical problems. Any deficiency in nutrient intake relative to recommended dietary intake can be identified.
  • Nutritional Counselling (Education)
    Information and food related strategies to achieve optimal nutrient intake and minimisation of disease symptoms.
  • Preventative Nutrition Counselling
    Diet related prevention for those at risk of disease or the complications of disease.
  • Therapeutic Diet
    Managing the food and fluid requirements for inpatients on special diets through liaison with the health care team and food services. Special diets are constructed to help treat the individual's disease.
  • Oral Nutrition Support
    A dietitian will use a wide variety of foods, meal patterns, fluids and nutritional supplements to optimise nutrient intake.

Accessing our services

If you would like access to our Dietitians, please speak to your healthcare team and ask them to assist in referring you.

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 2865
Fax: (08) 6458 2775
Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday
Location: Lower Ground Floor, B Block, KEMH

 

Occupational Therapy Service

Our Occupational Therapists assist people to get back to daily living and overcome limitations caused by injury, developmental delay, illness (physical or mental), long term chronic conditions, and / or ageing. We assist women to move from dependence to greater independence, wellbeing and quality of life whilst receiving care at WNHS.

Examples of our services

  • Helping a woman resume her usual roles after major abdominal surgery for gynaecological cancer by educating her in modified methods for daily activities (eg. how to do chores whilst lifting is restricted).
  • Assessing an elderly lady’s home environment after surgery - to improve her safety and independence after a history of falls.
  • Prescribing assistive equipment (such as a shower chair or toilet frame) - to help with functioning in self-care, leisure, work or other meaningful roles.
  • Assessing cognition, function, independence, and psychosocial barriers - to see how impairments can impact on recovery, discharge and daily activities.
  • Developing strategies and skills for a patient living with mental illness - to help them to participate in daily life.
  • Setting up the home environment for a pregnant woman living with a disability - to help keep her and baby safe at all times.
  • Educating patients and carers about specific methods to assist with independence and function, especially those living with a long-term illness or condition.
  • Providing information or resources - such as disability services or equipment hire in the community.

How to access this service

To access this service, speak to your health care team and ask for a referral to see our Occupational Therapist.

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 2870
Hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday
Location: Lower Ground Floor, B Block, KEMH

Last Updated: 29/06/2022