Would you use a hydrotherapy pool in Dunedin? The Physio Pool closed in 2021 and the Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust would like to either redevelop the old pool or build a brand new pool. But they need your help.
We need you to show support for a hydrotherapy pool in Dunedin and help it move from an idea into reality!
Our short survey is open from Monday 6 November until Friday 1 December and we’d love to hear your thoughts on whether the Physio Pool should be upgraded or whether a new pool should be built.
If a new pool was built, tell us what you think should be included.
The use of warm water to treat medical conditions. The water temperature is usually 33 – 36 degrees Celsius, which is warmer than normal swimming pools. Hydrotherapy is a recognised physical and mental health treatment. The water pressure and movement act as a form of physiotherapy for body and joint pain.
It can help alleviate the symptoms of a wide range of conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, cerebral palsy, and recovery from accidents and sporting injuries. They have accessibility features such as wheelchair access, hoists and a slowly increasing depth. Changing rooms are also accessible.
What are the benefits of hydrotherapy compared with land-based physiotherapy?
Patients with weak and painful joints and muscles tend to find exercise and movement in the warm water much easier and less painful than land-based exercise. This is because water supports the body and the force of gravity is reduced. The warm water has a relaxing effect.
1 December 2023.
Everyone is welcome to use the pool – all ages and abilities, locals, visitors and tourists. However, hydrotherapy can be particularly beneficial for anyone with a disability, a long-term health condition or anyone who is rehabilitating from an operation or injury. It is used for swimming, aqua jogging, aqua fitness, rehab exercises and swimming lessons.
Asking for your views on options for either upgrading the existing Physio Pool or building a new facility. This is part of a feasibility study by the Trust.
Feedback will help the Trust decide on the next steps. It will go back to the community with the results.
It will look at options to either redevelop the existing pool or build a new pool and consider operating models. The study is funded by Lotteries.
Condition assessments of the existing pool, discussions with Te Whatu Ora on their long-term requirements for the site, and early engagement.
The Physio Pool has provided an essential community service for about 40,000 visitors a year, particularly older people and those with disabilities and long-term health and mobility difficulties. It was a very effective form of treatment, especially for people recovering from surgery.
We don’t have a cost at this stage. Costs will be available once detailed design plans have been finalised.
Several years – it’s too early to provide a concise timeframe.
It closed because the heating system stopped working and the cost to repair was prohibitive.
From community fundraising and grants.
The Otago Therapeutic Trust.
The project group will consider feedback from the survey and engagement and identify the preferred option.
Fill in the online survey. You can also fill in a hard copy survey at all DCC libraries, swimming pools and service centres, and at Age Concern.
A feasibility study of the Physio Pool is in progress to determine options for the future of public access to hydrotherapy in Dunedin. The Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust has engaged Dunedin project management firm, Feldspar Associates, to carry out the feasibility study.
Feldspar Associates has assembled a team of consultants with expertise in swimming pool design and development to examine the state of the Physio Pool infrastructure, scope the cost of redevelopment, consider alternative sites for a new pool, prepare modelling to assess long term financial viability and supply recommendations to the trust. Both Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, which owns the Physio Pool, and Dunedin City Council are assisting with the study by supplying information to Feldspar Associates. A consultation group has been formed to supply feedback as the consultant team works through the stages of the study.
It is anticipated that the study will be completed by the end of this year. Depending on the recommendations from the study and the decisions of the trust the next steps would be securing long term site tenure, then fundraising and then detailed design and construction.