Katie Schrodter writes about North and West Remote Health colleagues, Hollie Fisher and Eileen Hewit for the Friends 'My Place: where I live and work' series, in which members of Friends of the Alliance talk about their life and work and what's special about where they live, as a showcase for the diversity of life in rural and remote Australia.
Meet North and West Remote Health’s (NWRH) Hollie Fisher, occupational therapist, and Eileen Hewitt, speech pathologist.
Hollie and Eileen live in, and work for NWRH from the regional city of Mount Isa in north-west Queensland and deliver their specialist health services to rural, regional and remote communities across Queensland’s Western Corridor, North West and Lower Gulf.
Often traveling and working together, Hollie and Eileen recently made their first outreach trip to the remote communities of Doomadgee and Normanton to deliver much needed services to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants.
The first of NWRH’s allied health-based NDIS services to the communities, these occupational health and speech therapy services will enable registered participants to better access and participate in their close-knit communities and take part in everyday activities.
Hollie and Eileen were supported in their visits by the NDIA Local Area Coordinator (LAC) in Normanton and the ITEC Health Support Coordinator in Doomadgee and were warmly welcomed. Hollie and Eileen were thrilled to be representing NWRH in the region once again where the organisation has a long and extensive service history (prior to the NDIS) and a passion for improving the health of clients in very remote areas.
Moving forward from Hollie and Eileen’s initial visit, NDIS participants will continue to be supported via telehealth and further on the ground services.
NWRH will also continue to foster and build relationships in collaboration with local stakeholders to further establish supports in these rural communities.