About our allied health team
Our allied health team use current best practice guidelines to provide individualised allied health care and patient education to support self-management of chronic health conditions. Our aim is to support clients achieve their health goals and improve health outcomes. We provide a culturally safe, person-centered model of care.
The Boab Health Services multidisciplinary allied health service consists of:
- Diabetes Educators
- Paediatric Dietitians and
- Health Navigator Role (Broome).
The allied health team provide services across the vast Kimberley region. For more information on specific services please visit Our Services page.
Allied health services we don’t provide
WACHS insert weblink provides physiotherapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy and inpatient dietetic services across the Kimberley region. Some private practitioners also provide services in Broome and Kununurra.
Our Podiatrists provide a high-risk clinic and see clients with complex lower limb conditions and/or who are at medium or high risk of lower limb amputation. For more information about client eligibility to our podiatry services click here. The nearest private podiatry services are located in Broome – Kimberley Podiatry and Darwin. We encourage low to medium risk clients utilise podiatry services in capital cities.
Referring to our allied health service
Our allied health service accepts referrals from GPs and other health professionals.
Important! Before completing a referral form, ensure you:
- discuss with your client the reason for referring to our allied health services (including highlighting the benefits your client may gain from seeing one of our qualified and experienced allied health staff)
- gain client verbal consent (verbal) to refer to Boab Health Service and to share their personal health information with Boab Health Services
Please note we can accept referrals in other formats, so long as they include all required information included on our standard referral form.
Medicare Referrals for GPs
If your patient is eligible for allied health services under the Chronic Disease Management Medicare items, please complete this referral form insert form.
Please indicate on our referral form if a translator is required for Aboriginal clients.
Referral criteria and prioritisation table
We triage appointments based on most urgent need, an in-line with our visiting schedule. Our health prioritisation table explains how we triage our appointments. Click here to download a copy of this table.
Please note our referrals expire after 12 months. After this time clients will require a new referral.
With multiple health care providers in the Kimberley, our referral pathways help ensure you refer to the most appropriate service in your clients preferred location, saving valuable time for you and your client.
Kimberley Renal Services (KRS) Referral Pathway to Allied Health Services
Kimberley Renal Services referral to Allied Health – West Kimberley
Kimberley Renal Services referral to Allied Health – East Kimberley coming soon
Kimberley Dietetic Referral Pathways
Kimberley Antenatal Services
Antenatal Diabetes Education Referral Pathway
Antenatal Diabetes Education Referral Pathway – West Kimberley
Antenatal Diabetes Education Referral Pathway – East Kimberley coming soon
Antenatal Dietitian Services
Antenatal Dietitian Services – West Kimberley coming soon
Antenatal Dietitian Services – East Kimberley coming soon
We provide services from our Broome office and the Coolibah Health Centre in Kununurra, as well as over 30 locations across the Kimberley. Click here to see all locations we provide allied health services. If you would like to receive the Allied Health Remote Travel Schedule emailed on a regular basis, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to join this email list.
Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Our Health Navigator role can support Aboriginal people by accessing mainstream allied health services. For more information about this role click here insert link
Our ITC Program aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the Kimberley access mainstream primary care services.
Should a client require an Aboriginal language translator service, please include this on the referral form.
With the high burden of chronic health conditions and vast geographical distances in the Kimberley, there may be a wait time for some of our services. To find out existing wait times contact our Broome office on (08) 9192 7888 or Kununurra office on (08) 9168 2560 and ask to speak with our Allied Health Team Leader.
Depending on the location of our service, our allied health team liaise closely with health clinic specialist clerks and other clinic staff to coordinate client lists and appointment times at multiple locations across the Kimberley including WACHS hospitals and remote clinics and Aboriginal community controlled health services.
Boab Health Services will contact clients directly who have appointments at the Boab Health Broome office.
At Boab Health we encourage family members or friends to attend appointments with clients to provide support with chronic disease management.
Discharge from Allied Health Service
We will discharge clients from our service in the following instances:
- the client wishes to be discharged
- we are unable to reach the client after three attempts
- the client has not attended an appointment on three consecutive occasions.
Please note our referrals expire after 12 months.
Communication with referrer
Our clinician will contact the referrer to provide:
- an update / outcome of the care provided
- interim and final report for MBS clients
- a discharge summary or letter.
Are your clients interested in Group Education sessions?
Group education is sometimes the preferred method for clients who are interested in gaining knowledge and skills to better manage their health conditions.
You can register your clients’ interest to attending a group education session by emailing: email@example.com
Program times and locations depend on level of interest and availability of facilitators.
The group education programs offered at Boab:
Food Sensations® for Adults is a FREE nutrition and cooking program that is hands on, fun and provides a safe environment to try new recipes and skills.
Visit our What’s on page for more up-to-date information on our upcoming programs and events.