Rehabilitation Medicine offers an individualised, patient-centred and team approach to optimise the function and quality of life of patients.

The department is integrated with the division of neurosciences, providing acute rehabilitation care and therefore a continuum of care from acute to subacute to community.

Rehabilitation has 52 inpatient beds. It works closely with outpatient services including Community Therapy Services and specialist outpatient clinics at Royal Park and a referrals-based service at City campus.

The rehabilitation ward offers:

  • large patient rooms
  • a communal multi-purpose room where patients can enjoy "protected mealtimes"
  • professionally staffed rehabilitation gym
  • hydrotherapy pool
  • an outdoor courtyard garden

Each room is equipped with a television available for rental. Medical and nursing care is provided 24 hours a day.

The department specialises in:

  • acute neurological rehabilitation (for example multiple sclerosis, developmental disabilities, strokes, tumours, head injury, spasticity management)
  • amputee rehabilitation including development and use of prosthetic limbs
  • chronic pain
  • orthopaedic /musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • cancer rehabilitation

Rehabilitation staff liaise with each patient to develop an individual rehabilitation plan aimed at achieving tailored goals within a specific timeframe.

Medical staff are led by rehabilitation physicians who are responsible for the diagnosis and assessment of a patient's function associated injury, illness or chronic conditions, to maximise their independence and improve and maintain quality of life. Medical staff work with patients and their families and other health professionals using an evidence based collaborative approach to develop a patient-centred, individualised treatment plan.

Doctors are organised into five main teams including Neuro 1, Neuro 2, Neuro 3, Amputee, Orthopaedic and Pain. Each team consists of a consultant rehabilitation physician, registrar and an HMO/ intern. Most of the doctors work across multiple teams.

The rehabilitation team works to build capacity, strength and function for its patients. The team comprises:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • speech pathology
  • dietetics
  • psychology
  • social workers
  • podiatrists
  • prosthetics and orthotics
  • wards clerks
  • pharmacist
  • complex discharge coordinator

When patients are ready to be discharged, they are often referred for follow-up therapy in the community.

Rehabilitation Medicine is proud of its academic standing and constantly strives to further develop the unit in terms of clinical expertise, research and education.

Specialised services

Hand Hub

The Hand Hub is a robotic and computer-based gaming facility. It has been specially developed for individuals who have difficulties using their hand or arm after a nervous system injury or illness such as stroke or multiple sclerosis or brain injury. It can benefit patients learning to use an arm/hand prosthesis.

The Hand Hub accepts referrals from all GPs, medical or physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and other health care professionals.

Activity Arcade (Environmental Enrichment)

This is a unique intervention designed to facilitate physical (motor and sensory), cognitive and social activity by provision of equipment and organisation of a stimulating environment. It is proposed to help patients enhance neurological recovery through neuroplasticity.

Neuromuscular Laboratory (in association with University of Melbourne)

A sophisticated (8-viacon camera) laboratory for comprehensive motion analysis to allow for individualised treatment for improved outcomes. Features include movement trajectories, muscle activation strategies and movement cinematics.

Outdoor mobility stations

We offer a range of therapy stations outdoors using specific equipment to facilitate functional mobility such as a car transfer station, stair practice, recreational spaces (bocce and wheelchair chess) and varying surfaces.

Clinics

Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic Royal Park Campus Clinical Centre Reception, Building 17 MON, WED, THU, FRI
Vic Artificial Limb Program Royal Park Campus Clinical Centre Reception, Building 17 THU

Referrals

To refer a patient, complete and fax your referral to Direct Access Unit on (03) 8387 2217.

The Direct Access Unit welcomes phone enquiries. To discuss referrals (potential or existing) please contact (03) 8387 2333.

You can use the following forms or a template from your own system.

Referrals should include:

  • patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers

  • the reason for referral

  • relevant clinical history for the patient
  • list of current medications
  • any risks to clients or staff
  • the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)

  • your provider number (if applicable) and contact detail

Once a referral has been received, a HARP Clinician will phone the patient to discuss their needs and organise appropriate services. The HARP Clinician will provide the patient with their phone number and patients are encouraged to contact them if they have any concerns.

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