Novita Port Lincoln ready for increasing local needs

SERVICES: Novita occupational therapist and clinical lead Josephine Sherriff and president, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce with twins Maisey and Stella Bowman.
SERVICES: Novita occupational therapist and clinical lead Josephine Sherriff and president, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce with twins Maisey and Stella Bowman.

Novita Port Lincoln is prepared to service a growing client base and accommodate extra staff well into the future with its facilities, completed just before 2020.

The facilities in Port Lincoln includes clinic space where orthotists are able to work with clients to obtain orthotics, a large open space with a gym for physio and group programs and kitchen to run group cooking classes.

Works also extended into the former Carers SA space, allowing Novita to free up a number of therapy rooms.

Novita chief executive officer Greg Ward said works were completed just before Christmas and would help to provide more localised services in Port Lincoln, as well as increase staff.

"We've got more than 100 clients, the number is growing and these facilities allow us to further increase the services we provide and accommodate more clients if need be," he said.

The office recently showcased its completed facilities to Novita president and former South Australian Governor, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce.

A patron of Novita for two years Mr Scarce said Novita was ensuring a consistent quality of services across the state and have invested $100,000 in the Port Lincoln site over the past two years.

"I think the board and management are trying to ensure rural and regional South Australians have access to the same quality of services available in Adelaide," he said.

Local mother Reneya Baird has seen for herself the benefits of Novita's local services, which has helped her twin daughters Stella and Maisey Bowman.

The twins spent seven months in hospital due to being diagnosed with congenital myasthenic syndrome, two of 600 cases worldwide and the family was referred to Novita clinical lead Josephine Sherriff.

"It's been ideal, anything I haven't been able to do...she's organised everything for me, she's been a bit of a lifesaver," Ms Baird said.

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