Epworth Allied Health Clinic

At Epworth, we believe that health is more than being free from illness or ailment – it’s about taking a holistic approach to achieving optimal health. Our experienced, dedicated allied health professionals are here to ensure your wellbeing is at the centre of everything we do.

At Epworth, experience is everything, and with nearly one hundred years of excellence, care and support in the hospital sector, you’re in good hands. Our team will listen, take into account your particular needs and carefully tailor a personal treatment plan in line with your goals. Treating everything you would come to expect from a team of experienced allied health professionals.

Our physiotherapists utilise state of the art equipment including the Alter G™ anti-gravity treadmill and have a special interest in the management of jaw (also known as TMJ or TMD) and facial pain. whilst our speech pathologists established Australia’s first Olfactory (sense of smell) Impairment Clinic.

Through our private outpatient clinic, you have direct access to a range of services designed to support your existing medical care. You have immediate access without the need for a referral.

So when life takes an unexpected turn, you don’t have to compromise your health.

At the Allied Health Clinic, you’re in good hands.

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  • Hand Therapy

    Hands play a vital role in our daily lives, so when we experience problems with them, the impact is significant.

    Hand Therapy is dedicated to assessing and treating conditions affecting the hand and upper limb. Our hand therapists work closely with patients to achieve optimal use of their hands and return to a productive lifestyle.

    Following a detailed patient assessment, treatment may include:

    • Condition-specific exercises
    • Swelling management
    • Help with sensitivity from nerve injuries
    • Custom splinting
    • Adaptive function techniques
    • Scar management

    Whether you’ve been affected by an accident or trauma, suffer from chronic problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, or have limited use of your hands or limbs following surgery, our dedicated team of Hand Therapists can help get you back on the path to wellness.

    No referral necessary

    We’ve removed the barriers to wellness by giving you direct access to a range of hand therapy services, so now you can get back to living an active life, sooner.

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  • PhysioTherapy

    Mobility is everything, and whether your movement is limited by pain, injury or a recent operation, physiotherapy can help you get back to your daily life as soon as possible.

    Starting with a thorough assessment of each patient to determine their unique needs, our physiotherapists use evidence-based techniques to provide a tailored treatment plan aimed at alleviating pain and restoring function for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including lower back and neck pain, joint problems and sports injuries.

    Our experienced team can also help manage jaw and facial pain you may be experiencing. Jaw and facial pain can have many causes, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or muscular problems, pain following maxillofacial surgery or pain related to neck issues.

    Our experienced physiotherapists are well equipped to help you manage your pain. We can work in conjunction with your dentist and/or other oral health professionals to provide a holistic approach to your pain management program. Manual therapy, massage and exercise can be very effective and provide a safe and conservative approach to returning function and reducing pain around the jaw and face.

    At Allied Health Clinic you’re in good hands, with expert advice and education; tailored exercises, manual therapy and other interventions all designed to get you to wellness sooner.

    No referral necessary

    We’ve removed the barriers to wellness by giving you direct access to a range of physiotherapy services, so now you can get back to living an active life, sooner.

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  • Speech Pathology

    People know that speech pathologists help improve communication, but did you know we also help people experiencing difficulty with swallowing, eating and drinking? And even those that have suspected changes in their sense of smell and taste?

    Our dedicated team of speech pathologists are here to assist with the diagnosis, treatment and management of communication and swallowing difficulties which may occur with a variety of neurological impairments and medical conditions. We can assess swallowing disorders using specialised procedures such as Videofluoroscopy and Fibre optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing.

    We also offer assistance to people interested in accent modification (improved pronunciation) and professional voice use.

    Our specialised speech pathologists provide assessment and education for individuals who have suspected changes in their sense of smell. This can occur following brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, facial fracture or surgery. The Olfactory Impairment Clinic is an Australian-first service for individuals with a reported change to their olfaction (smell) and associated taste changes. Follow-on referrals to dietitians, psychologists and other health professionals are also made as required.

    We will work with you to create an individual management plan based on our evaluation of your speech, language, smell, voice and swallowing skills to determine the necessary treatment to get you back to wellness.

    No referral necessary

    We have removed the barriers to wellness by giving you direct access to a range of speech pathology services. Contact us today and start your path to wellness sooner.

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  • Dietetics

    Dietitians understand how food and drinks help nourish both healthy individuals and those with medical conditions. Our dietitians are qualified to provide evidence based nutrition services, dietary counselling, medical nutrition therapy and food service management.

    We pride ourselves in the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of illness by optimising your nutrition. Your assessment and recommendations may include advice targeted to influence the wider environment affecting your food intake and eating behaviour.

    You may be looking to modify your weight, increase your energy or change your lifestyle. Our dietitians also give advice on dieting and the best way to set up healthy eating plans for your children or family.

    If you are preparing for or recovering from a bariatric surgery, our team will work in conjunction with your surgeon to establish goals pre or post bariatric surgery and can keep your general practitioner informed of your progress and goals.

    At the Epworth Allied Health Clinic we understand the positive life changes of making informed dietary choices.

    No referral necessary

    We have removed the barriers to healthy eating. Contact us now to start your journey on the road to a healthier you.

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  • Psychology

    Our psychologists promote well-being and personal development by integrating science, theory and clinical knowledge. The goal of working with the clinical psychologist is to understand, prevent, and relieve psychologically based distress or dysfunction.

    Changes in your health, chronic illness and traumatic events can have significant adverse impacts of your thinking, moods and general functioning.  Our experienced specialist psychologists can help you to understand these impacts, develop effective ways to cope with difficulties and make changes to relieve problems and enhance your wellbeing.

    Your psychologist will be guided by your goals and targets for change. Sessions will involve psychological assessment, clinical formulation and targeted strategies to aide in emotional wellbeing.

    At the Epworth Allied Health Clinic we understand the positive life changes of making informed dietary choices.

    No referral necessary

    *Medicare rebates are available to clients who access psychological services at the Clinic under the ‘The Better Access to Mental Health Care’ initiative.  Please talk to your GP about this process.

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Your Allied Healthcare Practitioners

  • Practitioner
    Jill Chapman

    Hand Therapist

    Jill is a Senior Hand Therapist at Epworth Rehabilitation with over 30 years experience. She provides hand therapy services to both inpatients and outpatients at each of the four Epworth Rehabilitation sites. Jill works closely with plastic surgeons specialising in recovery for patients following tendon surgery.

    Her interest developed whilst working at the Alfred Hospital at the beginning of her career, before establishing her own private practice. She was the founding President of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and has an award named after her. The Jill Chapman prize is awarded to the best presentation at the annual Australian Hand Therapy Association Conference.

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    Chris Allen

    Physiotherapist

    Chris has an extensive background in physiotherapy, particularly in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with experience working as a physiotherapist in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

    He utilises a wide array of treatment techniques such as manual techniques, stretching, exercise and conditioning programs.  His treatment is founded on evidenced-based practice. Chris believes that movement and activity are key components in injury recovery and prevention.

    Chris also works in the emergency department at Epworth Richmond, where he sees patients with acute injuries such as ankle sprains, fractures and back pain. He is passionate about people and strives to provide effective and appropriate treatment geared towards reaching the goals set by his clients.

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    Jack Behne

    Physiotherapist

    Jack has a background in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, working in private practice around the country since the beginning of his career.

    He has a deep understanding of all the factors that affect our condition and employs this experience to holistically manage all of his clients. Jack’s interest in jaw and facial pain came from several years working in specially focused private practices.

    Jack is a firm believer in using an integrated approach including motor control, behavioural change and gentle manual therapy. As the Senior Pain Management Physiotherapist at Epworth Rehabilitation Richmond Jack uses his experience to help his clients return to chewing, singing and laughing. In his spare time, Jack likes to test out his dodgy knee playing volleyball and riding his pushbike around the streets of Melbourne.

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    David Briggs

    Physiotherapist

    David graduated from Curtin University in Perth in 2003 with a Masters of Physiotherapy.  Prior to this he also completed a Bachelor of Sport Science.  He has interests in musculoskeletal conditions, particularly acute sporting injuries.

    David has worked in a number of emergency departments over the past 10 years and is currently based at the Epworth Richmond Emergency Department.

    Other areas of experience include private physiotherapy practice, hospital outpatient services and sporting clubs.  He likes to combine manual therapy techniques with exercise-based rehabilitation, to achieve the best possible patient outcomes. In his spare time, David enjoys sailing, travelling and being outdoors.

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    Janet Hose

    Physiotherapist

    Janet has worked for over 20 years in both private practice and rehabilitation facilities as an expert musculoskeletal physiotherapist. She has extensive experience in senior leadership roles and is currently the Deputy Physiotherapy Manager at Epworth Hawthorn.

    Her interest in thorough assessment and clinical reasoning allows her to continually develop her knowledge. She is an enthusiastic advocate for patient education to facilitate involvement in understanding and addressing their problems. Outside of physiotherapy Janet is passionate about the mountains, she enjoys hiking, camping and skiing.

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    Lucy Bath

    Speech Pathologist

    Lucy graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters of Speech Pathology and honours in 2011, completing research in the area of voice. She has worked in hospital acute and rehabilitation settings managing a variety of patients with swallowing, speech, language and voice disorders. At Epworth she assesses and treats patients who have impairments due to neurological or traumatic brain injuries.

    She also works within the head and neck cancer team, providing rehabilitation to people whose swallow, speech or voice are sub-optimal post surgeries. Lucy has a particular interest in voice and accent modification from her training as an actor, working in TV and stage after graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2003.

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    Martin Checklin

    Speech Pathologist

    Martin graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Speech Pathology in 2007. He has worked for many years in the public and private sectors, predominately working with people after neurotrauma or head and neck cancer.

    Martin has completed advanced competency training in the areas of videofluoroscopy (x-ray swallowing assessments), tracheostomy and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing. Martin’s interest in research led him to complete a Masters in Health Sciences (Research and Evaluation) with a thesis investigating tongue function and swallowing.

    He is currently involved in research projects looking at improving the rehabilitation experience.

    Martin also has a background in English language teaching, with over 20 years’ experience working to develop communication skills and English language enunciation.

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    Melanie Drummond

    Speech Pathologist

    Melanie is a Speech Pathologist (Honours) who is currently completing her PhD studies in Olfactory (smell) impairment. Since the beginning of her career in 1999, she has had an interest working with patients with Acquired Brain Injury. Her desire to pursue post-graduate studies resulted from her practice with clients who had experienced changes to their sense of smell as a result of brain injury.

    Mel’s perceived lack of professional knowledge in this area lead to her PhD research. Following the completion of a longitudinal study, Mel has published articles that include her findings as well as a comprehensive clinical review of her study. As a direct result of Mel’s research the Olfactory Impairment Clinic at Epworth HealthCare was officially opened in July 2015.

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    Kate Lethbridge

    Speech Pathologist

    Kate graduated from LaTrobe University in 2002 with a degree in Speech Pathology. She has worked across both public and private sectors where she specialised her practice in the area of adult dysphagia (difficulty with swallowing.) Kate has a keen interest in providing holistic multidisciplinary patient focused rehabilitative care founded through her studies of public health, which she also has a degree in.

    Kate has completed competency training in the areas of videofluoroscopy, tracheostomy and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing. Outside work, Kate enjoys walking, sharing food and a glass of wine with friends and values time spend with her husband and daughter.

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    Helen Saunders

    Speech Pathologist

    Helen has worked as a speech pathologist for more than 25 years in both public and private sectors.  Her skills include assessment and treatment of adult communication, cognition, memory, voice and swallowing disorders.  Helen has a special interest in neurological disorders, including stroke, head injury and Parkinson’s Disease.

    She is also skilled in the assessment and treatment of swallowing and eating including performing a videofluoroscopy (swallowing x-ray). Helen is a certified LSVT® (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) Loud clinician, an intensive program for Parkinson’s patients that targets increasing vocal loudness, intelligibility, facial expression and confidence.

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    Andrea Jasper

    Dietitian

    Andrea has worked as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian for more than 20 years. She provides comprehensive dietary assessments and nutritional therapy for a variety of conditions including obesity, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, malnutrition and gastro-intestinal disorders.  Her therapy includes educational, practical and motivational strategies to support the dietary and lifestyle changes necessary for improved health and wellbeing.

    Andrea has a special interest in diabetes management and completed additional qualifications in diabetes education. Andrea will work with your diabetes team to optimise diabetes management through nutrition therapy.

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    Verity Joyce

    Dietitian

    Verity has a Masters in Dietetics, Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition and a Joint Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology.  Verity is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia.

    Verity has a previous background in human resources and career development and uses her extensive experience in counselling and goalsetting to empower people to set personal health goals.

    Verity is an advocate of healthy eating in chronic disease management and prevention, and enjoys working with people to turn research into practical advice; to helping clients achieve better health through nutrition. Her focus is on supporting people to set small, achievable goals, and discussing strategies that can be easily incorporated into a client’s busy daily schedule.

    Verity has worked in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings, working with inpatients and outpatients on malnutrition prevention, wound healing, weight management, nutrition during and after cancer therapy, and after cardiac, gastrointestinal and weight loss surgery.

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    Linda Bennett

    Psychologist

    Linda is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of professional practice in a range of clinical settings in Australia and the UK. She has extensive experience in clinical leadership and management roles and has been the Psychology Services Manager for Epworth Rehabilitation since 2013.

    Linda is able to provide a range of best practice, cognitive-behavioural interventions to clients dealing with the psychological and emotional impacts of serious injuries and serious/chronic illness. She favours a feedback-informed approach to therapy, developed collaboratively with her clients.

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Epworth Allied Health Clinic Location

Please note swallowing videofluoroscopy studies are conducted at:
Epworth Richmond
Suite 2.4, 32 Erin Street, Richmond VIC 3121

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Fees

Patients with private health insurance can utilise their ancillary or extras cover to fund their treatment.

General practitioners can also refer patients for Medicare subsidised treatment using the 'Chronic Disease Management' scheme for Allied Health or the ‘The Better Access to Mental Health Care’ scheme for psychology services.