Falls and Balance Clinic

Introduction to Falls and Balance Clinic

Balance and mobility problems, dizziness and falls are common problems for over 30% of older people.  Falls alone account for 69% of injury related to hospital admissions for Victorians aged over 65. Falls are estimated to be a major contributing factor to loss of independence at home.

What is a Falls and Balance Clinic?

The Falls and Balance Clinic is a service available through Barwon Health Community Health and Rehabilitation Services at the McKellar Centre. It provides a comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment for people living in the community who are at risk of falling, or whose mobility is deteriorating or those who are experiencing dizziness or loss of balance where the cause is unknown. Its aim is to prevent falls and injury, and to improve and maintain balance and mobility for clients.

Who does the assessment?

The clinic is staffed by a team of professionals with expertise and experience in the management of balance dysfunction, dizziness and falls. The clinic team consists of a Rehabilitation Physician, Physiotherapists, an Occupational Therapist, a Registered Nurse and a Clerical Assistant.

What does the clinic involve?

The clinic works like most outpatient facilities. The initial assessment takes place at the clinic and may take approximately two and a half hours.

The assessment includes:

  • A general medical assessment
  • A nursing review, including a social history
  • A physical assessment, that may include tests of balance, muscle strength and coordination, including using state of the art computerised equipment where indicated
  • An assessment in your home by an Occupational Therapist
  • An individual management plan will be developed.  Your GP will be provided with detailed correspondence.

How is the clinic accessed?

Referrals are accepted from any healthcare worker who identifies a client as being at risk of falling.

A letter from the General Practitioner (GP) is required to prior assessment.

Referrals should be sent to Access and Information.

Phone 1300 715 673.

 

Contact
  • Address:

    Falls and Balance Clinic
    McKellar Centre
    45-95 Ballarat Rd, North Geelong

  • Phone Number:

    1300 715 673

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.