The specialist team from Therapy Focus’ PEBBLES continence service will be the first team to conduct regional visits in the new community outreach van funded by the Westfield Community Program.
In May last year Westfield hosted the inaugural WA Community Golf Day in support of Therapy Focus, raising $110,000 to purchase and fit out the custom designed van with a patient table, portable toilet, sinks, air-conditioning and an outdoor awning.
Continence Nurse Karina Smith will visit the Donnybrook and Collie areas of WA’s southwest in mid-March to provide bladder and bowel assessments for children who have continence issues. Over the course of the two day visit Karina will also deliver toilet training programs and support to parents and teachers.
PEBBLES Team Leader, Odette Gaynar said the community outreach van allows therapists to deliver services to regional and remote areas of the state where access to clinic rooms can be limited.
“The van essentially allows therapists to take the clinic with them, allowing us to meet with families in places that are convenient for them and provide support in where services may not have been available before,” Odette said.
Following the success of last year’s event, Westfield will once again host the WA Community Golf Day on Friday 29 April, with a goal of raising $150,000 to build Therapy Focus a new clinic onsite at Durham Road Education Support School.
Therapy Focus CEO Matt Burrows said the continued support of Westfield was invaluable to supporting WA people with disabilities and their families.
“It has been wonderful to be able to draw on the support of such a responsive corporate partner. The proceeds from events such as the Golf Day allows us to invest in service innovations that would otherwise not be able to be funded from traditional revenue sources” Matt said.
For more information about the 2016 Golf Day visit www.therapyfocus.org.au/golfday.