Alfred Hospital Integrative Cardiac Wellness Program - Endeavour

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  Alfred Hospital Integrative
  Cardiac Wellness Program:
  Post Operative Massage Therapy
                                                                                       intensive care following their surgery,
                                                                                       before being transferred to this ward for
                                                                                       post-operative care.
                                                                                       The massage therapy program generally
                                                                                       begins for most patients from about
                                                                                       4 days post-surgery. The patient will
                                                                                       generally be released from the hospital
                                                                                       6-7 days after surgery.

                                                                                       The Program
                                                                                       All participants will undergo an
                                                                                       orientation session to prepare them for
                                                                                       the course. Orientation sessions will
                                                                                       provide information about the program,
                                                                                       a tour of the cardiothoracic ward
                                                                                       and the hospital and have presenters
                                                                                       from physiotherapy, nursing, surgery,
                                                                                       pharmacy and the integrative cardiac
Overview                                  Australia and will allow participants        wellness group.
                                          to gain valuable industry leading
In 2009-2010 a randomised controlled                                                   Following the orientation session, you
                                          clinical experience.
trial was conducted at the Alfred                                                      will have seven weeks of clinical
Hospital, evaluating the therapeutic                                                   placement in the hospital.
benefits of massage therapy in post-      Who is eligible to participate?
                                                                                       At an initial briefing session, the
surgery outcomes in cardiothoracic        Graduates with a Diploma of Remedial         program coordinator and tutors will
patients. The trial was staffed by        Massage, Bachelor of Musculoskeletal         outline the patients that will be seen
Endeavour College of Natural Health       Therapy, and Bachelor of Naturopathy         that day. The patient’s cases will be
clinic students and staff. The positive   (with Certificate IV in Massage Therapy      reviewed, and allocated to a therapist.
outcomes of the study resulted in a       Practice). Graduates of other institutions   The therapist will then proceed to check
permanent contract to provide a post-     with equivalent qualifications (including    with the nursing staff that their patient
operative massage therapy program in      Myotherapy) are welcome to apply.            is stable, before meeting with the client
the cardiothoracic ward, as part of the
                                                                                       and designing a treatment plan for them.
Integrative Cardiac Wellness Program
at the hospital.
                                          The Setting                                  The treatments will vary according to the
                                          The Cardiothoracic ward is a busy 48         individual client presentations, including
An exciting opportunity exists for
                                          bed acute treatment ward, with patients      surgical wounds and attachments
a limited number of applicants to
                                          under the care of the Cardiology,            of medical apparatus. Likewise, the
participate in this supervised program,
                                          Cardiothoracic, and/or Heart Failure/        techniques employed will vary according
and gain work experience in one of
                                          Transplant medical teams. Heart surgery      to the client and may range from basic
Australia’s leading hospitals. This
                                          patients generally spend a day in            Swedish massage, to myofascial
program is the first of its kind in
release, muscle energy techniques,             notes in the patient’s medical files          Outcomes
positional release techniques, ischaemic       following the treatment. Therapists
                                                                                             Participants will gain invaluable
compressions, joint play, trigger point        will see up to 3 clients per session.
                                                                                             experience in an Acute Primary
therapy, and frictions. Treatment times        Therapists will be supervised by a tutor
                                                                                             Care setting working alongside
will likewise vary.                            and the program coordinator during
                                                                                             physiotherapists and the allied
Whilst the treatments themselves               their time on the ward and a debriefing
                                                                                             medical team. This will be beneficial
will not be complex, the presenting            session will occur at the end of each day.
                                                                                             for graduates because it will broaden
complaints of the patients require             In the final week, you will be ‘buddied       knowledge and experience in a very
careful consideration in choosing              up’ with an incoming therapist from the       specialised area of health. Therapists
appropriate techniques. Cardiothoracic,        next group, to give you the opportunity       will be eligible to receive CPE points
cardiology, heart failure and transplant       to pass on your knowledge and                 for their participation in the course.
patients will all be eligible to receive       experience, as well as ease them into
treatment. Therapists will write case          the program.

Program Dates and Times for 2011
                Orientation days               Day and time                   Start date                  End date
 Group 3        October 26th & 28th            Wednesdays                     November 2nd                December 7th
                2 – 5pm                        10am – 1pm or
                                               12pm – 3pm

 Group 4                                       Fridays                        November 4th                December 9th
                                               10am – 1pm or
                                               12pm – 3pm

Clinic placements are limited to four per group.

How to Apply                                                                                 Cost
1. Collate your application including          2. Email your application to                  The full cost of the program
responses to two reflective questions                      (7 weeks x 3 hours) is $745.
listed below, and copies of supporting         Successful applicants will be notified
documentation including current
association membership, relevant
                                               by email or phone, at which time you          Further Questions
                                               will be able to accept your place, and
qualification certificate, proof of                                                          If you would like to discuss your
                                               provide payment. After payment is
insurance and current senior first                                                           application before submission please
                                               received you will be enrolled. On
aid certificate.                                                                             contact the program coordinator, Lisa
                                               acceptance into the program students
                                                                                             Casanelia, at lisa.casanelia@endeavour.
                                               will be provided
What personal qualities would                                                       or phone (03) 9655 9514.
                                               with a study pack for refreshing
you bring to the program?
                                               knowledge of the normal physiology
What clinical experience would                 and common clinical pathologies of
you bring to the program?                      the cardiovascular system.

Discover the future of wellbeing
368 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000       Phone: +613 9662 9911 Fax: +613 9662 9414

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