Support into adulthood

Support: StGiles senior occupational therapist Andrew Bynon working with Isabelle on her therapy program. Picture: Chris Crerar

Support: StGiles senior occupational therapist Andrew Bynon working with Isabelle on her therapy program. Picture: Chris Crerar

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StGiles is Tasmania’s major provider of all-ages, multi-disciplinary disability allied health and support services. While most people associate StGiles with excellence in child disability health and support, the introduction of the NDIS has allowed the 79-year-old service to broaden its reach to all ages.

The organisation, which has campuses in Launceston, Hobart and Burnie, is recognised as a Tasmanian leader in the delivery of multidisciplinary allied health, speciality autism and disability services.

``The NDIS means young people who previously were not able to use our services once they turned 18, can now choose to stay with StGiles,’’ StGiles general manager engagement and profile Danielle Blewett said.

``For instance, they can stay with their physiotherapist, speech pathologist and occupational therapist and access our assistive living technology services for mobility or communication equipment as well as our range of lifestyle support services for whole of life, if they choose.

`Now, with the NDIS, we can provide young people with the support they need to break down some of the traditional barriers around work, study and lifestyle inclusion’’

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StGiles employs 300 staff state-wide which includes the majority of public, paediatric allied health professionals working in Tasmania. StGiles currently supports over 6274 people living with disabilities across Tasmania, including adults and children with complex, long-term health issues. 

Tasmania has Australia’s highest rate of disability at 23.7 per cent of its population, or 119,500 Tasmanians live with disability.

StGiles has not forgotten its origins in child disability services.The organisation is still regarded by the State and Commonwealth governments as an innovator and leader in child disability services.

``We have demonstrated a long term commitment to excellence in paediatric allied health through the delivery of highly effective, early childhood intervention programs.  

On average, StGiles receives 3000 new child health referrals and discharges approximately 2500 children per annum,’’ Ms Blewett said.

In late 2017 StGiles will turn 80.``St Giles has delivered Tasmanians living with disability positive health and lifestyle outcomes for nearly 80 years. Our teams work passionately and tirelessly,’’ Ms Blewett said.

StGiles is able to provide its full range of allied health services, living support, accommodation, respite, aids and equipment to all adults and children who need help and who qualify for packages from the NDIS.

For more information see: www.stgiles.org.au. Or contact StGiles on freecall: 1300 278 445 .

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