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A new trial at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) is encouraging staff to feel good and have fun by cycling to visit community patients.
Physiotherapist Agnieszka Palak said more than 20 Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Rehabilitation Service staff now had the option to ride instead of driving a service car.
“We’re really excited to launch an initiative that promotes the health and environmental benefits of riding,” she said.
“We all do some office and administrative tasks, so it’s great to have the option to get some physical activity during the work day.”
Agnieszka said the allied health team made daily trips to the hospital’s surrounding suburbs.
“We support patients with acquired brain injuries to transition back into the routine of home life. Part of that service is that they have the option to live in supported accommodation in Woolloongabba and Annerley,” she said.
“Our staff will use the bike to travel to the supported accommodation and to and from the main PAH building.”
Before being able to ride, staff needed to complete an online training module that included relevant road rules and advice on how to stay safe.
“It’s been quite a bit of work to get up and running. We’ve had to set up maintenance procedures, work instructions, training including sun safety tips and road safety, but we believe the benefits to the team and staff will be well worth the effort.”
The trial has started with one bike, but Agnieszka said if it was successful they hoped to add more bikes to the fleet.