Aged Care Access Program - Black Swan Health

Contact information:

Phone: (08) 9201 0044
Fax: (08) 9201 0033
Email: info@blackswanhealth.com.au

About the Program

Strength to Strength is a circuit-based exercise program led by a physiotherapist. The classes are tailored for clients with chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoporosis, chronic heart disease, and chronic pain conditions.

To be eligible

Clients aged over 18 with a confirmed diagnosis of one of the following:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Low back pain
  • Chronic pain condition such as fibromyalgia
  • Chronic heart disease

What you can expect

  • Eligible clients will have a one-on-one initial assessment with a physiotherapist
  • The physiotherapist will record baseline measures and design an exercise program for the individual
  • Clients accepted into the program must agree to attend two exercise sessions per week for a period of 10 weeks

The sessions are small groups of up to 5 participants and last for 45 minutes. The sessions include:

  • A warm up
  • Cardio training
  • Strength training
  • Balance and proprioception training
  • Stretch and relaxation

How to access it

Access to the program is through a GP referral or self-referral. Referral forms can be downloaded in PDF or Best Practice format here:

What it costs

In order to access the initial assessment free-of-charge, GPs need to refer the client as a Medicare funded client. Clients who self-refer will need to pay an initial fee of $65.00 (clients with private health cover may be eligible for a rebate).
Strength to Strength group sessions are $120 per block of 10 classes which is payable in advance (clients with private health care may be eligible for a rebate).