Private Patients

NQTS offer private occupational therapy service to the Townsville, Ingham, Ayr, Charters Towers and Collinsville Communities. Services that NQTS offer include:

Home Assessments & Equipment Prescription

NQTS have an experienced team who will perform home visit to access for the suitability of equipment required for activities of daily living. NQTS are also DVA registered providers and can assess for specific equipment for DVA members.

Lymphoedema Treatment

NQTS provides lymphoedema treatment which includes massage, bandaging and pressure garment prescription. Addie Jones an experienced occupational therapist has attended a specialized lymphoedema course and is a member of the Australia Lymphoedema Association. Patients who are DVA are eligible for treatment. We also employ Accredited Exercise Physiologists, who are able to assist with individual exercise prescription.

Pressure Garment Prescription

NQTS offer pressure garment prescription for clients that have inflammation of the veins, spider veins, varicose veins, thrombosis, leg ulcers and lymphoedema. Compression stockings lend the veins support in exerting a medical correct compression gradient onto the leg. The pressure decreases the diameter of the leg enabling the venous valves to close again, thus reducing the amount of blood flowing back down the legs which regulates the venous return.

Driving Assessments

Following illness or injury, a person’s ability to learn to drive or resume driving may be affected by physical, cognitive, perceptual and/or behavioural changes, compromising the safety of both the driver and other road users. Anna Nicholls and Addie Jones are qualified to perform driving assessments to assist doctors to determine an individual’s ability to continue driving safely. Driving modifications can also be trialled including hand controls, left foot accelerator, specialised spinner knobs and modified indicators.  We also provide vehicle suitability assessments to assist determine vehicle suits the individual.

Posture Retraining Program

Poor posture is often the basis for advancing degenerative conditions, aggravating pre-existing musculoskeletal conditions and cause pain and discomfort. NQTS offer posture retraining for motivated patients who need improved posture to manage deformity or pain. The program integrates good posture into everyday activities; with the assistance of Back Tone a biofeedback device worn to assist clients to learn good posture. The program includes an assessment of posture, prescription of a BackTone (biofeedback brace), a graded program and posture assessment reviews.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

NQTS offer private rehabilitation to assist patients and their families who have suffered the effects of an Acquired Brain Injury as a result of a head injury, stroke, cardiac condition or neurosurgery. Rehabilitation includes cognitive rehabilitation, visuoperceptual treatment and neuro-motor upper limb retraining such as behaviour management, memory strategies and independence skills. Cognitive Rehabilitation

  • Assists clients to understand their deficits and strengths
  • Instruct and teach clients to use specific compensatory strategies
  • Teach the client and their family to modify environment to facilitate the best performance
  • Generalise strategies learnt to home, community, work and educational settings

Stroke Rehabilitation

NQTS are able to perform motor retraining, cognitive and memory training and assist with practical training programs to facilitate independence.

Motor Upper Limb Treatment

  • Prevention of Muscle stiffness through correct positioning and support
  • Minimising risk of “painful shoulder syndrome”
  • Promoting of functional recovery of the affected limb
  • Provision of equipment/assistive devices to facilitate independence in everyday tasks

Pain Managment

North Queensland Therapy Services offer multidisciplinary individual coaching for persons who suffer from chronic pain conditions. Pain which exists for longer than 3 months, is considered to develop a chronic, due to changes in the central nervous system, which becomes easily sensitised to pain, regardless whether tissue damage exists or not.

We offer the following program:

  • Initial and post treatment assessments
  • Education and practical activities in the home by the occupational therapist such as understanding pain, biopsychosocial model, grading activity, intimacy and relationships, stages of change, sleep and maintaining change, practical activities in the home – 4 sessions
  • Our exercise physiologist works with the individual to increase awareness of exercise within their tolerances whether it be a walking program, posture awareness, diet or hydrotherapy – 4 sessions
  • The psychologist trials a number of specific pain management strategies such as self-hypnosis, relaxation, duel movement desensitisation and cognitive behaviour strategies – 4 sessions
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