Petition – Retain the hydrotherapy pool at the Canberra Hospital

The hydrotherapy pool at TCH is due to be closed in June 2019 despite the importance of this health service.

If you would like the ACT Government to keep the hydrotherapy pool at the Canberra Hospital open and maintained until a new dedicated hydrotherapy pool is built on the south side of Canberra, sign the petition at:

While we appreciate the new University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) will provide rehabilitation services for Canberra’s growing population, we believe that the demand for hydrotherapy services warrants the provision of two publicly funded facilities, in both the north and south of Canberra.

Access to other hydrotherapy pools in Canberra’s south is constrained by existing users and cost. We are concerned about the capacity of the UCH to service the growing number of people in the south requiring hydrotherapy services. A letter to the Chief Minister and a summary (by Arthritis ACT) of the constraints in accessing other facilities is:

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Without the hydrotherapy pool at TCH, it is likely that clients will be asked to travel to the hydrotherapy pool at the UCH. Without a car, it is difficult for members of our community with mobility issues to access the pool in Bruce.

The therapeutic benefits of water have been used throughout history for people’s wellness.

“Warm water melts muscle tension, increases range of movement, stimulates circulation, reduces swelling, soothes stress, eases pain, calms nerve sensitivity, decongests the respiratory tract, purifies pores and promotes sleep” Caroline Robertson wrote for the Wellbeing magazine.

It is vital that hydrotherapy pool at the Canberra Hospital is retained to provide accessible hydrotherapy services to the residents in Canberra’s south.

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