We are pleased to provide you with the latest monthly planner of specialised and recreational support services courtesy of The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Stroke (THRFG – Stroke).
Our occupational therapist is here to help clients to engage safely and independently in meaningful daily life activities as well as developing wellbeing plans based on individual needs and goals.
- Support with NDIS applications and accessing My Aged Care
- Home assessment and practical advice around symptom management, transfers, physical environment
- Complex home modifications assessment (major bathroom modifications etc)
- Assistive technology prescriptions including electric beds, lift chairs, powered wheelchairs and specialist seating, smart home technology
Counselling is available to stroke survivors and their families and/or primary support people and can be accessed face to face or via telehealth. We provide counselling sessions that can explore issues such as trauma and managing change, relationships, understanding guilt and anger, building confidence and self-esteem as well as managing anxiety and depression.
Wellbeing and Resilience Coaching
THRFG – Stroke is a certified delivery partner of the Be Well program, closely related to the SAHMRI Wellbeing and Resilience Centre. Be Well is a flexible mental health program that can be tailored to the needs of individuals and groups. Supported by technology, the program has a real and positive impact on participants.
Clinical Nurse Consulting
Our clinical nurse consultant is available to assist clients with advice, education and information on lifestyle modifications, medication management and other interventions to support wellbeing.
Brain X Body Fitness Studio
The Brain x Body Fitness Studio is an innovative exercise facility focused on active ageing – neuroplasticity, flexibility, strength and balance. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to re-wire and re-structure its neural pathways in response to an event. The Brain x Body Fitness Studio uses a research based and individualised approach to exercise. Active ageing combines both brain and body health.
With strength-based exercises and close monitoring, we work to improve outcomes for people living with a range of conditions including, but not limited to, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis.
Offering small group classes, state-of-the-art equipment, specialist assessments and clinical supervision, we’ve built a welcoming hub for motivated, like-minded people. Call 0499 088 725
Brain Boost Group
Join the weekly Brain Boost group to participate in activities from classics like chess and checkers to the state-of -the -art tech called Obie. Brain Boost activities have been designed to exercise your brain, encourage social interactions and friendships.
Geographically Based Support Groups
Support and Education groups are friendly and welcoming groups that provide a forum for social contact, support and learning. There are currently six located in metro areas with the aim of establishing regional based groups in the future. Friends, family members and carers are also welcome to attend. If you are interested in attending a support group, even if there is not one in your area, please let us know about your interest.
Women’s Stroke Support Group
A social support group meets monthly for women of any age who are stroke survivors to foster friendships and social support networks.
Men’s Stroke Support Group
A social opportunity for men who are stroke survivors to have a coffee and share hobbies and interests.
Brushstrokes Art Group
Many people who have “never picked up a paint brush” and have “zero artistic talent” turn to recreational pursuits with great success and enjoy the therapeutic effects and satisfaction such activities can bring. This is an opportunity to spend time with friends and like-minded people learning skills, doing activities you enjoy and exploring new experiences.
Shout Out Singing Group
People love to sing. Whether or not we are doing it well is beside the point! Music lovers are encouraged to come along and enjoy this fun and therapeutic weekly group using music and singing as a social event that helps facilitate positive wellbeing. Singing can enhance voice volume and quality, improving respiration and swallowing.
Swallowing Well And Louder Please Course
Delivered by Grace Coppola McDonald, a Speech Pathologist with many years’ experience with stroke and the issues of speech, swallowing and communication.
Be Well, Resilience And Wellbeing Course
THRFG – Stroke is an official delivery partner of the Be Well program designed by SAHMRI’s Wellbeing and Resilience Centre. Maggie Barrington has been trained to deliver this course for groups and individuals at their own pace. It will be presented throughout the year to assist people to focus on and improve mental health and wellbeing
A 2.5 hour inclusive hands on cooking class delivered by Sprout cooking school is also available. This course will include demonstrations, as well as preparing two delicious courses. Classes are capped at 24 participants, not including support workers/carers, for those who would like to get back into cooking or simply just looking for some culinary inspiration.
There are many new services available to help you live well after stroke
- Help with speech and swallowing
- Groups to do brain exercises
- Help with NDIS and My Aged Care
- Help with making your home safer
- Attend support groups where you can meet other people and share stories
- Visit a social worker who you can talk to about how you feel and any problems