Posted October 13, 2018 07:08:24 The new “physiostudy” park in Melbourne’s CBD, with the words “physiology garden city” emblazoned across its frontage, is part of a wider initiative to promote “physician-led physiotherapy” in hospitals.
In a blog post on the new park, which has been in the works for several months, the city of Melbourne’s Department of Health and Ageing said it was the first of its kind in Australia and would provide a “high-quality alternative to the current medical model of physiotherapy”.
“The new park is part, in part, of the wider city-wide plan to create a new model of medical care that is much more focused on the health of patients rather than on providing a profit for the hospitals,” the department wrote.
The park, with a “physiological garden” area for residents to take their daily exercises, is also expected to be open to the public for at least three weeks, according to the department.
“The City is committed to making the most of the best of our unique geography by providing a physical and emotional well-being amenity for residents and visitors,” the blog post said.
The new park will be open daily between 8am and 8pm.
It will be part of the “Physiotherapy Gardens of Melbourne” initiative, which is run by the City of Melbourne and the University of Melbourne.
The Parks, Events and Leisure department has also said the park will include “physical and emotional enrichment” for residents.
The department’s announcement follows a series of similar announcements around the world.
Last week, in Australia, the Australian Health Association announced that it would be opening a “medical centre” in Melbourne, which will be run by a non-profit body that will provide a range of health services, including physiotherapy.
In the US, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that they had opened an “experimental” physiotherapy clinic in the city.
Earlier this month, a group of Chinese doctors in Sydney announced they would be setting up a “virtual physiotherapy centre” for patients.
The Victorian government has also pledged to open a physiotherapy “medical facility” in the state, which the department says will “provide a safe and supportive place for physiotherapy and other healthcare professionals to meet, learn, and share.”