This optimised hand therapy service at Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) allows hand therapists to see an agreed cohort of less complex patients. It then in turn increases the capacity for our skilled orthopaedic surgeons to provide access to care for the more complex patients.
We are achieving this through three key models:
- hand therapist management of elective diagnostic conditions
- hand therapist management of appropriate post-operative patients
- hand therapist management of select diagnostic groups in fracture clinic.
The translation of these models into practice is only made possible with strong medical governance and support from the GCUH orthopaedics team.