Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation Makes a Home in Tasmania

Our new Hobart office opened in July, and the Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation team are relishing our work in the Apple Isle. Our inaugural Tassie Exercise Physiologist and Hobart resident, Kate Barker, has been doing a wonderful job building local relationships and delivering our innovative and contemporary evidence-based approach to rehabilitation in this new market.

In Tasmania, we work across personal injury schemes being Workers Compensation (WorkSafe TAS), Life Insurance/Income Protection, and Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance (MAIB). Through Kate’s work, our service area has expanded to include Hobart (heading north to Triabunna and south to Recherche) as well as routine trips to the north of the state. A huge well done and kudos to Kate for her work over the last three months – we know it’s not easy being the sole Exercise Physiologist on the ground (and that’s not to mention minimal in-person interactions with the wider team due to ongoing border restrictions).

WorkSafe Tasmania Month: Safe Bodies, Safe Minds

With the recent easing of travel restrictions, our TAS Area Manager Hailey Buchhorn (yours truly), was lucky enough to witness Kate’s work first-hand during a recent trip to Hobart (while also being sure to enjoy the local flavours!) This trip allowed us to dust off the cobwebs of in-person presenting, where we delivered a talk as part of WorkSafe Tasmania Month 2021 on our program assisting injured workers with Silicosis.

The key highlights of our talk were exploring the implications of this often-debilitating diagnosis, which results in significantly impacted physical capacities, inability to return to the pre-injury work role, and the interplay of psychological symptoms in this cohort – where a staggering 80%+ have symptoms of Depression and 90%+ experience Anxiety. We also spoke about the outcomes of our interventions being delivered in other states, and the best practice evidence (which highlights the need for supervised exercise interventions to be delivered by appropriately trained allied health professionals). We greatly enjoyed being able to present again, and are grateful for the opportunity – thank you WorkSafe Tasmania!

For more information about Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation’s expertise in this area, and the services we provide to those with psychological diagnoses, refer here. We look forward to bringing this service to injured Tasmanian workers in the months and years to come.

A growing team

As a result of Kate’s wonderful work in Tasmania and the excellent service being delivered, we are looking forward to introducing another Exercise Physiologist to be based in Launceston – predominantly servicing the Northern region of Tasmania. Here’s to a growing Tasmanian team in 2022 – offering our first-class services to more individuals in need!

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