New Allied Health Chief at PDH

Friday, 17 October 2014
A Chief of Allied Health has been appointed at Portland District Health in a new role designed to strengthen services for the community.

Paul Tuvey has taken on the role and will oversee a growing team of allied health professionals.

Mr Tuvey is a physiotherapist with 14 years’ experience and has worked in tertiary teaching health services including community health settings in both clinical and front line management roles.

He will also continue working as a physiotherapist at PDH.

Director Primary & Community Health Fiona Heenan said the new position would help PDH to ensure its allied health service meets local demand.

Having a new person to provide clinical governance and look for opportunities and funding to advance our services will enable us to strengthen and better coordinate our services, Ms Heenan said.

The role includes management of the allied health team, clinical work and supervision of graduates and students.

It is well timed with the recent announcement of funding for a new primary and community health precinct at the hospital, Ms Heenan added.

Mr Tuvey said the opportunity to take on a new role in a rural location attracted him to the job.

It's a real life opportunity to manage a team of allied health clinicians and to start a new lifestyle with my family, he said.

Mr Tuvey’s wife Marguerite and their two young children are moving from Melbourne to live in the area.

I've worked in the country previously and enjoyed it and found there is a wider scope to the work,he added. Portland is also a lovely area and a very friendly place,he added.

He said allied health was a growing field helping people to remain in their homes and maintain independence, he said.

The allied health team at PDH includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, podiatrists, exercise physiologists, speech therapists and counselling.

I hope I can build on the good work already being done by the allied health team in Portland and that as a team we can continue to develop our services,Mr Tuvey said.

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