PASSION, empathy and a deep understanding of what makes Veterans tick are what the medical and allied health practitioners will bring to the new ANZAC House Ventral Central. RSLWA spoke to some of the practitioners hand-picked for their extreme professionalism and dedication to the cause to find out why they are so keen to help Veterans heal.
Veteran Health Solutions: This GP practice has a large network of medical and surgical specialists excited to focus solely on the wellbeing of Veterans and their families.
Their fully integrated services will include general medical, specialist surgical intervention, skin cancer detection and treatment. What this means for Veterans and their families is that they won’t have to repeat their stories at each consult – whether to the doctor, allied health or any other provider.
In addition, Redimed also provides plastic, orthopedic, neuro and general surgeons; cardiologists, ophthalmologists, ear-nose-and-throat specialists, diabetes educators and podiatry services. Their physiotherapists, occupational therapists and exercise physiologists are accredited in the early intervention and rehabilitation of acute injury/chronic disease management.
Redimed already has a strong base of DVA patients who utilise their skin cancer and rehabilitation services.
Dr Thomas Lee said: “Our desire to help Veterans in need stems from our deep appreciation for the sacrifices they have made. We feel our tailored approach will make a substantial difference to returned service personnel who deserve to enjoy healthy, productive lives after service.
“We think it is extremely beneficial to have this hub for Veterans and their families to feel the comradery and safety upon returning from service. For this to be done in such a revolutionary building can only further the recognition and support from society that they deserve.”
Veteran Dental WA: A full range of dental services – starting with general and preventative dentistry such as check-ups, dental X-rays, cleaning and fillings – will be available to Veterans and their families. They will offer emergency treatments, sedation options for nervous patients, orthodontic treatments, denture procedures, oral surgery, sleep apnea devices and grinding devices. They also have vast experience with extractions and implants.
The new clinic will be run by Principal Dental Surgeon and founder of LifeCare Dental Centre, Dr Alex Negoescu, and senior colleague Dr Naz Jennings, an implant specialist. Joining them will be two caring and well-trained dental assistants, as well as a receptionist.
The doctors are united in their passion for dentistry and their aim to provide Veterans with the highest standard of dental care. They share a deep respect and understanding of Veterans through their own personal experience.
Dr Jennings said: “My perspective is somewhat unique, I am Iranian and the child of a Veteran. When I was a toddler, my father was called for military service. He did his duty and fought for his country.
“Alex is the son of Romanian Cavalry Officer from WWII. Alex was also a Lieutenant in the University Regiment (UNSWR).
“These experiences give us a glimpse and an understanding of the sacrifices made by those that serve their country, and the sacrifice and cost to their families. We further understand that while there are costs associated with service, people who serve and their families become part of a broad network whose bonds are sometimes as deep, or deeper, than those of family. We consider it a privilege to become a part of this network and will work hard to win the respect of Veterans and their families.”
This is a team that has specialised in providing emergency dental care in Perth for 33 years. They understand that going to the dentist can be difficult for some – and will take the time to explain procedures and treatment options to ensure you are comfortable.
Ear Science Institute of Australia is also joining us, which is great news, considering they run the largest cochlear implant unit in WA.
With many Veterans – specially the older ones – suffering hearing loss, we’re sure this service will be well-received.
This passionate team understand that hearing loss can isolate you from conversations with friends, family and in the workplace. It can also make it difficult to do the things in life that you enjoy, from socialising with friends and family, to watching TV.
Their team consists of ear-nose-throat and hearing specialists, implant audiologist, a speech pathologist and radiologist supporting each patient through assessment, surgery, rehab and long-term care.
Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling will also be calling Veteran Central home.
Open Arms is well-known within the Veteran community for providing free and confidential counselling to anyone who has served at least one day in the ADF, and their families.
Established in 1982 by Vietnam Veterans’and now government-run, Open Arms is well-known for ensuring current and past-serving personnel can access specialised mental health and wellbeing support, with its suicide intervention services being especially valued.