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Cobram rehab centre opens

Residents in Cobram and wider region set to benefit from new medical resource.

TONI BRIENT March 20, 2014 4:20am

Helping hands: Cobram District Health community services manager Gillian Smith with her team at the new Moira Community Rehabilitation Centre.


 

Murray Valley residents now have access to physical rehabilitation services in Cobram with the opening of a new centre as part of the Cobram District Health group.

Previously, patients recovering from stroke, pulmonary disease and physical injuries requiring rehabilitation were forced to travel to Shepparton, Albury or Wangaratta for treatment.

Moira Community Rehabilitation Centre, which opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday, now offers locals the same services much closer to home.

Construction of the building started in April last year, but Cobram District Health community services manager Gillian Smith said planning the project took about five years.

She said the $3.5million facility was funded by the Federal and Victorian governments.

The centre operates one day a week offering outpatient treatments, and will gradually increase capacity to become an in-house and outreach service next year.

‘‘It’s what we call the hub and spoke model, which is quite unique,’’ Ms Smith said.

‘‘So we are the hub, and the spoke’s sites are Numurkah, Yarrawonga and Nathalia.

‘‘The whole idea (is) people get the best care as close to their own home as possible.’’

The Cobram centre features six treatment rooms and a gymnasium.

It will provide treatment to orthopaedic surgery patients, stroke recovery patients and patients with neurological conditions.

Ms Smith said the facility was likely to alleviate pressure on rehabilitation centres in Shepparton, Wangaratta and Albury.

‘‘Hopefully (it will provide treatment) in a more timely manner as well,’’ she said.

‘‘Waiting lists for regional centres tend to be quite high.

‘‘So we hope to be able to overcome that and reduce those waiting lists.’’

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