Bettering individuals’s well being from all totally different angles

Whether or not it’s high quality physiotherapy, rewarding train or efficient therapy of situations equivalent to arthritis and persistent ache, Canberra is dwelling to many consultants captivated with bettering well being.

MAINTAINING well being or occurring a journey in direction of good well being means various things to totally different individuals.

Whether or not it’s high quality physiotherapy, rewarding train or efficient therapy of situations equivalent to arthritis and persistent ache, Canberra is dwelling to many consultants captivated with bettering well being in all types of how.

This week “CityNews” speaks with native allied well being consultants, surgeons and medicinal practitioners who specialize in sustaining individuals’s wellbeing.

Julie Tongs… “I’m not your generic CEO. I’ve had a chequered life, and I’m just a little bit left of area.”  Picture: Holly Treadaway

Well being companies in a protected setting

FROM its humble beginnings as a short lived medical service arrange on the Aboriginal Tent Embassy web site, Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Well being and Group Providers has grown into an vital a part of the well being companies offered to indigenous individuals within the nationwide capital.

Within the Wiradjuri language, Winnunga Nimmityjah means “robust well being”, says the service’s CEO Julie Tongs.

Tongs’ imaginative and prescient as CEO, a task she has held since 1997, has all the time been for Winnunga to be a pacesetter within the provision of main well being care.

A few of the medical companies working out of the purpose-built facility embrace a dental clinic, audiology, optometry, physiotherapy, podiatry, alcohol and drug companies, a needle-exchange program, psychological well being companies and a diabetes clinic.

“All Winnunga desires to do is give individuals a possibility to be higher, to be ok with themselves, and to begin to work via among the layers of trauma that Aboriginal individuals have skilled,” Tongs says.

Since then it has grown right into a pivotal healthcare service, which final yr noticed some 7000 purchasers. 

Offering round 60,000 events of service to its purchasers yearly, Winnunga presents well being care to individuals residing within the ACT and throughout the border. 

Purchasers come from all walks of life, Tongs says.

“They arrive to us as a result of they really feel protected right here and never judged.”

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Well being and Group Providers, 63 Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah. Name 6284 6222 or go to

Audiologist Dr Invoice Vass… “I feel that individuals with no {qualifications} haven’t any enterprise advising individuals on their listening to loss.”

Dr Vass presents life-changing listening to assist

GETTING assist with listening to loss is all about bettering communication and gaining readability, says Dr Vass Listening to Clinic audiologist Dr William Vass.

Providing skilled, unbiased recommendation and therapy, Dr Vass says taking step one with a listening to check might be life-changing.

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“We all know listening to loss might be linked to nervousness, isolation, anger, relationship points, work points and miscommunication typically,” he says.

“After therapy or rehabilitation sufferers can discover it so much simpler to get together with individuals, don’t must guess a lot and are way more assured of their communication expertise, particularly with their companion.”

Whereas listening to loss can include ageing, Dr Vass says it may well additionally usually have an effect on younger individuals too.

“These uncovered to loud noises in army and building fields can expertise listening to loss. Some individuals may be genetically uncovered to listening to loss or there could possibly be viral infections,” he says.

“It’s crucial to behave early. Ready too lengthy can begin to see a disconnect between the mind and the ear.

“We discover that these individuals who postpone getting assist with their listening to loss for lengthy intervals don’t have as profitable outcomes as those that search assist earlier.”

Dr Vass says sufferers have the understanding that they’ll be seeing him once they go to the clinic and that he’ll present one-on-one, tailor-made care and recommendation.

“It’s rewarding to assist individuals not be so remoted, and assist enhance their communication with others, particularly their family members,” he says.

Dr Vass Listening to Clinic, suite 14, John James Medical Centre, 175 Strickland Crescent, Deakin. Go to or name 6282 2717.


Assist to handle the influence of arthritis, osteoporosis

Arthritis ACT CEO Rebecca Davey.

ARTHRITIS ACT will rejoice World Arthritis Day (October 12) and World Osteoporosis Day (October 20), says CEO Rebecca Davey.

“Lately are created to remind us of the influence of each situations on our communities,” she says.

“At Arthritis, Ache Assist and ME/CFS ACT, we are able to help with managing the ache of each arthritis and osteoporosis, in addition to offering a collection of applications that may assist individuals handle these situations.”

Rebecca says there are greater than 100 varieties of arthritis, and it may well have an effect on individuals in some ways, and at any age.

“From being a niggly knee or finger that performs up when it rains, to leaving individuals utterly mattress certain on medication that mimic their immune system, and lifelong extreme incapacity,” she says.

“It’s not ‘simply arthritis’, it’s a situation that you must all the time search medical recommendation for.”

Osteoporosis is a situation the place the bones change into skinny, weak and fragile, says Rebecca.

“While it’s generally thought of a situation of ageing, it may well have an effect on individuals at any age, and might be the results of therapy for most cancers, different situations, or the results of different ailments,” she says.

“One of many greatest dangers of osteoporosis is damaged bones and pharmaceutical therapy for the situation is normally thought of important, in addition to energy and steadiness train.

Arthritis ACT, Ache Assist & ME/CFS ACT, 170 Haydon Drive, Bruce. Name 1800 011041 or go to

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Pilates courses adapt to anybody’s wants

THE train program at Studio Pilates is ideal for individuals with any degree of health, says co-owner Simon Hunter.

Combining revolutionary video know-how that performs contained in the studio and the expertise of world-class instructors, Simon says the exercise retains your physique guessing and offers quick outcomes.

“We satisfaction ourselves on having the ability to tailor the classes to any particular person,” says Simon.

“As a result of you possibly can dial up or down the resistance, which is offered by the reformers, it may be adjusted to any degree of health.”

Along with the numerous health advantages the Studio Pilates exercise presents, Simon says there are additionally many rehabilitative advantages.

“Our instructors can adapt the train in keeping with every individual’s wants and if anybody’s carrying an harm or has a incapacity we are able to accommodate that,” he says.

Simon says each he and his spouse and co-owner Tammy-Jo Hunter, who he describes because the “driving power behind all of it”, are captivated with serving to individuals obtain their objectives.

“She loves that chance to assist individuals. We get lots of people with illnesses and mobility points and core energy and stability points and  we discover serving to them via pilates very rewarding,” he says.

Studio Pilates. Go to

Increased Operate physiotherapist Andrea Wealthy.

Strengthening courses for individuals aged 50+

HIGHER Operate presents a spread of courses which might be taught by skilled physiotherapists and train physiologists, utilizing evidence-based workouts, says physiotherapist Andrea Wealthy.

“Robust Bones is a gaggle class designed particularly for individuals with osteoporosis and osteopenia (low bone density),” she says.

“This class focuses on workouts to securely enhance bone density – stomping, holding weights – and incorporates energy coaching, mobility and steadiness workouts to enhance total mobility and stop falls.

“Energy For Life is a category for individuals over the age of fifty wherein you obtain your individual personalised energy and train program and are working in direction of your individual particular person objectives.

“Golf Match is nice for many who need to play longer video games of golf with out ache, forestall accidents and enhance mobility, energy, energy and pace.”

Andrea says individuals come to class to work arduous, get stronger and scale back their ache, however the ambiance continues to be enjoyable and pleasant.

“Numerous individuals have change into mates and go for a well-earned espresso after courses,” she says.

“Our small group courses enable for everybody to obtain consideration from the therapist, guaranteeing they’re performing workouts accurately, safely and might provide modifications the place wanted.”

“We now have a 90-year-old consumer who attends three courses every week. We now have numerous enjoyable however are nonetheless working arduous.”

Increased Operate Physio & Pilates, Suite 4, Degree 1/23 Petrie Plaza. Name 6262 9664 or go to

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Skilled surgeons enhance sufferers’ high quality of life

Orthopaedics ACT affiliate professor Chris Roberts.

ORTHOPAEDICS ACT was established in 2013, and gives a whole vary of take care of sufferers with orthopaedic situations.

Affiliate Professor Chris Roberts says they’re the most important and most complete orthopaedic follow in Canberra.

The purpose at Orthopaedics ACT is to deal with sufferers with musculoskeletal issues, attempt to scale back ache, and enhance their affected person’s perform and high quality of life.

Chris Roberts says this may occasionally contain trauma and fractures, sporting accidents, high-speed motorized vehicle accidents, overuse accidents, arthritis and disabling ache.

“There’s nothing extra satisfying than listening to from our sufferers that there was a discount of their ache or that they’re ache free and capable of get again to exercise with out restrictions,” he says.

“At Orthopaedics ACT we now have all devoted ourselves to caring for our sufferers and striving to be the most effective in our area.”

Orthopaedics ACT, Woden Specialist Medical Centre, degree 2, 90 Corinna Road, Phillip. Name 6221 9320 or go to

Retailer celebrates the well being advantages of hemp

SOUTH Pacific Hemp, Canberra’s first all hemp retailer, celebrates the time-tested well being advantages of hemp and its a number of makes use of, says retailer supervisor Sue Sales space.

“It’s time we moved away from hemp’s previous status – whereas hemp and marijuana each come from the hashish plant and sometimes get confused, hemp is most undoubtedly not one thing that may get you excessive,” she says.

“Hemp has energy, medicinal and dietary worth, and was first cultivated greater than 10,000 years in the past.”

With a choice of merchandise that features distinctive well being meals, proteins, hemp seed oils, balms and pores and skin lotions, babycare and extra, Sue says there’s loads to search out.

She additionally says the shop has a spread of clothes and  linen, materials, bedding and cushions all made to advertise wellbeing.

“Hemp protects your pores and skin by naturally filtering UV mild. It additionally resists bacterial development and breathes excellently, stopping odors and has 4 instances the energy of cotton and it gained’t weaken when washed,” she says.

“Hemp offers years of damage whereas its respiration potential, antibacterial and antiviral properties assist promote good sleep.”

South Pacific Hemp, 84 Wollongong Road, Fyshwick. Name 0431 318898 or go to

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Ian Meikle, editor