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  1. Telehealth works just the same as standard ‘in person’ care:
  2. Future opportunities for Telehealth:

What we have learned about telehealth in 2020

Despite considerable pre-existing evidence showing the effectiveness of Telehealth services, the uptake of these services had remained low until now. Telehealth is defined as the ‘use of telecommunication techniques for the purpose of providing telemedicine and health education over a distance’. Although Telehealth is not a novel concept, the Covid-19 pandemic became a catalyst for Telehealth uptake as physical distancing became imperative in slowing the spread of the virus and several previous barriers to it’s utilisation were reduced; including increased government and private health insurance funding and improved computer literacy as we were forced to stay socially connected via technology. Telehealth services allow for improved continuity of health care provision whilst maintaining both patient and clinician safety and allows more equitable access to healthcare for those considered “higher risk”.

Our team at Malvern East Physiotherapy will continue to offer online telehealth physiotherapy services. Our physiotherapist Sarah Yule reflects back on what our team have learned about telehealth.

Telehealth works just the same as standard ‘in person’ care:

There is considerable evidence to warrant the effective use of Telehealth services within the realms of physiotherapy. There is ample evidence to suggest Telehealth is effective for the management of multiple chronic health conditions, with Telehealth seen to be as effective as standard care for the treatment of most musculoskeletal conditions. Online assessment is shown to be of equal quality to that performed in person, and majority of patients report enjoying Telehealth services and feeling well supported.

Common conditions that we have managed online include arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic pain as well as a range of tendon related injuries such as tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

Future opportunities for Telehealth:

Research shows that patients value several benefits of Telehealth including the reduction of several travel barriers, increasing the flexibility and accessibility of healthcare, as well as developing a greater understanding of how to better integrate management skills into daily life.

As we continue to make our way out towards “Covid normal”, we look to the future of how we can continue to utilise Telehealth services and improve patient outcomes.

Some of the most common benefits of Telehealth going forwards include:

  • Increased flexibility of appointment times
  • Efficient use of time for those who are “time poor”
  • Reduced travel time and/ or travel barriers
  • Allows for continuity of care whilst on holiday
  • Allows for continuity of care whilst caring for children/ unable to find a babysitter
  • Allows for specificity of home exercise program to be developed within your own living environment

If you would like to learn more about our Telehealth services or see if you are appropriate for a Telehealth consultation contact our team at Malvern East Physiotherapy. You can book online or call us to book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists today.


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Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone. Shoulder impingement can be incredibly frustrating and painful. 

Tony has been working closely with our physiotherapists Vernon and Dilen to get on top of his shoulder pain. His treatment plan has included hands-on physiotherapy and individualised exercises in our hydrotherapy and strength programs.

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