Roaming Education and Community Health (REACH) is a training and primary health care initiative that delivers health services to the community and provides clinical training opportunities for our enrolled nursing students. Under the direct supervision of registered nurses enrolled nursing students provide health checks for the general community.
REACH has been in operation since July 2012 and works with clients and organisations to:
- Undertake preventative health checks
- Provide health education to promote and achieve optimal health
- Build on confidence and competence level of enrolled nursing students
- Support organisations to provide health checks and support to employees
- Provide invaluable clinical placement opportunities for enrolled nursing students.
We provide checks of blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, blood glucose, girth and type 2 diabetes risks and we work in conjunction with community organisations to improve the health of many Western Australians.
Health checks are provided free of charge at most North Metropolitan TAFE campuses; for information about our next visit to your campus, email email@example.com
We run mobile clinics in shopping centres, libraries, government agencies, community groups, conferences, senior high schools as well as at our own and other TAFE campuses. The REACH service aims to visit each venue on a regular basis to enable participants the opportunity to monitor and improve their own health status.
We are particularly proud of our work with the following organisations.
REACH Wellness Centres (RWC)
The RWC clinics are delivered on site to participants at St Bartholomew’s House Homeless Transitional Support Service and Wandana Flats in Subiaco.
Students and staff in the Wellness Centres provide health checks, health assessments, referrals to external services and assistance with the management of medication and minor wounds. Wellness advice is also offered, including dealing strategies, emotional support and basic education sessions allowing clients to make informed decisions on their future health care.
Perth Children's Hospital – Immunology and Anaphylaxis Clinic
Since July 2014 Reach and Perth Children’s Hospital (formerly Princess Margaret Hospital) have been operating a collaborative outpatient Immunology clinic.
In 2018 this half-day clinic was extended with an afternoon anaphylaxis clinic. These clinics represent a strong multidisciplinary training model that provides unique and valuable student placement opportunities. These clinics offer the only paediatrics experience for Enrolled Nursing students and assist PCH with the reduction in the health services waitlist, increased doctor and patient satisfaction.
Royal Perth Hospital Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Clinic
REACH and Royal Perth Hospital’s Ophthalmology Unit have developed a collaborative model of care to provide patients access to a Diabetic Retinopathy outpatient clinic.
This nurse-led clinic is run entirely by North Metropolitan TAFE staff and students. Providing this service at the REACH clinic in Mt Lawley has dramatically reduced the wait time for patients and ensures that their condition is monitored in a more pro-active manner whilst also providing nursing students with a unique real-life experience during their studies.