First of all, we’d like to wish a very happy new year to you all. With many folks away on holidays during January, the start of the year can be a quiet time for clinical practice. It’s therefore a nice opportunity to review the way that we work and ideally, to find better ways of doing things.

This month we’re talking about the importance of treatment plans when tackling complex client cases under a multi-disciplinary approach.
Allied health providers play a crucial role in managing the treatment of injured or unwell patients, though most patients will first rely on their GP as their go-to to develop an action plan.

This plan may include referrals to a physiotherapist, psychologist, occupational therapist or chiropractor. Working independently, but connected by a clear plan and shared goals, each provider can address the myriad specific needs of their patient and make sure that the patient is on track with their treatment goals.
Effective, comprehensive treatment plans are not something that can be ‘templated’, and any good plan needs to be based on the patient’s individual situation – mental, physical, emotional, social, and so on. In order to get the best results, these needs are something that must be clearly identified from the outset. And if the patient is to make the best possible progress with their treatment, they need to have a good understanding of what’s really going on for them on each of those levels, too.
If you’re keen to know more about how to identify the various risk factors or barriers that your patients might be dealing with then the flags model can be a good start and a great ongoing clinical resource.

This Worksafe Victoria clip summarises the principles of the clinical framework with some practical examples.
In the area of chronic pain management, there are some great resources to be found on the Pain Australia website.
Check out their guide on Pain Management Programs – Which Patient for Which Program? 

Want to know more? Share stories? Talk to us!

Cheers,
the Innovative Rehab team.

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