Forgotten health providers are key to healing patients and budgets

A new report has revealed that Australians with 3 common health conditions – stroke, diabetes and osteoarthritis – could avoid surgery or recover more quickly if they had access to multidisciplinary teams of health professionals.

The report,conducted for Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) by Australian National University Masters student Virginia Decourcy, found that common surgeries including hip and knee replacements and diabetic limb amputations could be avoided if patients were seen by allied health providers including physiotherapists, dietitians and podiatrists.

It found that thousands of hospital beds could be freed up if patients recovering from surgery were given access to specialist allied health providers, who were shown in the report to reduce hospitalisation by as much as 30 days.

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