Rehabilitation

Achieve your goals and get you back to doing the things you enjoy.

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of rehabilitation related services, for details of the rehabilitation services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.


We offer highly specialised services to people who need post surgical, pain management,  cardiac and neurological rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation is an important part of recovery after orthopaedic surgery, heart surgery, stroke, cancer, amputation or serious illness. It’s also an important part of therapy for people living with cardiovascular disease, a brain injury, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, to name a few.

At St Vincent's Private Hospitals, our vision is to provide you with the service you require, followed by rehabilitation to get you fit for discharge and ultimately back to doing the things you enjoy.  

Your rehabilitation therapy starts with an assessment performed by our multidisciplinary team. Your treating team use this information to develop a personalised care plan  and set you up with an individual program to meet your needs.

We discuss your plan and your progress with you throughout your rehabilitation therapy as you regain your strength.

Our rehabilitation team

Our rehabilitation team comprises a highly qualified group of health care professionals. We have rehabilitation physicians with interests and expertise in all aspects of rehabilitation medicine.
Our rehabilitation medicine physicians are supported by teams with training in rehabilitation including:

Our services

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

  • Musculoskeletal rehabilitation: active rehabilitation physiotherapy for people recovering from fractures, including hip fracture, soft tissue injuries, joint replacements, multiple trauma, and people living with arthritis
  • Neurological rehabilitation: such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy or myopathy
  • Cardiovascular rehabilitation: following heart surgery, a cardiac procedure, or a diagnosis of coronary heart disease
  • Older people’s general rehabilitation: including increasing mobility, continence and falls prevention
  • Amputee rehabilitation: pre-operative assessments, pain management assessment and treatment
  • General reconditioning following a prolonged hospital admission
  • In addition, we provide rehabilitation for traumatic and acquired brain injury, chronic pain and chronic fatigue, work injuries, injuries following motor vehicle accident and developmental disabilities.

Disclaimer

This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

Find a hospital near you offering rehabilitation services

At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane, our aim is to help you regain independence and restore physical strength, mobility and function. We offer specialised day and overnight rehabilitation programs designed to support your individual needs. Taking a coordinated and personalised approach to caring for you, our interdisciplinary team actively work with you to develop goals and a rehabilitation plan.

Day programs are intended for people who can travel from their home to our rehabilitation unit one or more times per week. These programs are tailored for people in groups of up to ten. Overnight programs are intended for people who need 24-hour hospital care.

Our services may be suitable to those who require rehabilitation following:
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Amputation
  • Other orthopaedic injury or trauma
  • Brain or spinal cord surgery
  • Spinal surgery
  • Neurological conditions
  • Cardiac surgery or illness
  • Stroke
  • Other surgery and medical conditions
Your treating doctor can refer you to our rehabilitation unit.

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Our Rehabilitation Department comprises a 24-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit, a day therapy rehabilitation unit and a hydrotherapy pool. We provide a comprehensive range of individual inpatient and day therapy programs. Our programs are evidence-based and follow best clinical practice guidelines.

Inpatient rehabilitation
Inpatient rehabilitation provides you with a short period of overnight accommodation, meals and access to the rehabilitation multidisciplinary team including 24-hour nursing care if required.

Physiotherapy sessions
Physiotherapists will perform an assessment to establish your physical needs.
We run individual and group sessions with physiotherapists. Our physiotherapists work with you to achieve your maximum physical ability after your surgery or illness. Your program may include hydrotherapy.

Occupational therapy sessions
Our occupational therapists work with people to promote independence and safety when carrying out the daily activities in their lives. They may help you to be confident to manage tasks such as bathing and dressing after an illness or surgery, and provide advice and equipment as required.

Occupational therapists may look at your home set-up and help you to minimise risk before returning home, providing advice and home visits if needed.

Parking is available at no cost to all patients attending a rehabilitation program.


Your treating doctor can refer you to our rehabilitation unit.

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St Vincent's Private Hospital Sydney offers state of the art rehabilitation facilities and service. Our recent development has delivered a new 12 bed rehabilitation ward (all single rooms with ensuite), as well as a hydrotherapy pool and specialised gymnasium for rehabilitation.

St Vincent's Private Hospital Sydney offers you both inpatient rehabilitation and day therapy programs which will help you achieve and optimise your health and physical independence.

Our multi-disciplinary team led by our rehabilitation specialists includes our experienced nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, dieticians and discharge planners.

When you attend your first consultation with your specialist, they may talk to you about the option of rehabilitation following your surgery or admission and this can be explained in more detail by our team at your pre-admission visit.

A referral is required from one of the St Vincent's Private Hospital Sydney doctors for admission into our rehabilitation programs. The rehabilitation specialist in collaboration with the specialist may refer you for an inpatient rehabilitation program, a day rehabilitation program or our extended care program that is completed in the community.

Inpatient Rehabilitation
Following your surgery and a stay in the main hospital you will be transferred to our new Rehabilitation Ward for your rehabilitation phase where you will be under the care of our multi-disciplinary team.

Rehabilitation is different from the normal hospital setting. In rehabilitation you are considered to be recovering and we will prepare and encourage you to do things for yourself in preparation to return back to home and work.

A typical day on the rehabilitation ward would involve exercise sessions in the hydrotherapy pool and/or the gym and daily education sessions in the patient lounge area. The team will discuss other activities that you can initiate throughout your day. Your care and progress will constantly be reviewed as well as your planned discharge home.

Day Therapy Rehabilitation Program
The Day Therapy Rehabilitation Program is a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation program that assist you to regain your strength, independence and full function.

Day Rehabilitation includes therapy which may include some or all of the following:

  • Physiotherapy sessions in the gym

  • Physiotherapy sessions in the hydrotherapy pool

  • Dietician Groups

  • Occupational Therapy Groups

What to bring
Please bring comfortable day clothes to wear during your stay. This enables you to exercise in appropriate attire. Swimming attire will be necessary for your hydrotherapy sessions and supportive shoes for your time in the gym.

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Our rehabilitation services aim to help you regain independence and restore physical strength, mobility and function.

Our services may be suitable to those who require rehabilitation for:
  • Joint replacement
  • Amputation
  • Other orthopaedic injury or trauma (including fractures)
  • Brain or spinal cord surgery
  • Spinal surgery (including fusion and laminectomy)
  • Neurological conditions (including Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease)
  • Cardiac surgery or illness
  • Stroke
  • Illness
  • Prolonged hospitalisation
  • Reconditioning
  • Other surgery and medical conditions.
We take a coordinated and personalised approach to caring for you. We actively work with you to develop goals and a rehabilitation plan designed to support your individual needs.

Our rehabilitation programs include day programs and overnight programs.

Day programs are intended for people who can travel from their home to our rehabilitation unit one or more times per week. These programs are tailored for people in groups of up to ten participants.

Overnight programs are intended for people who need 24-hour hospital care. Our rehabilitation unit is available to those who require symptom control.


Your treating doctor can refer you to our rehabilitation unit.

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The St Vincent's Rehabilitation Unit focus is on helping you regain your independence. We have been providing a comprehensive range of individual inpatient programs since July 2018.

What We Offer
  • Purpose built rehabilitation facility for tailored & specific care
  • 14 single rooms each with private ensuite
  • Gymnasium
  • Functional Therapy kitchen
  • Practical group education spaces
  • Access to off-site hydrotherapy
Our programs are designed for a 7-10 day rehabilitation stay and can include:
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Programs
  • Reconditioning Rehabilitation Programs
Your rehabilitation starts after your assessment with a rehabilitation assessor. With information about your condition our rehabilitation team will work with you to develop your individual program and plan for returning home.

Goals of Rehabilitation at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee generally include:
  • Increased movement, strength and endurance
  • Safe return home
  • Independence in self care
  • Independence with mobility (with or without walking aids/wheelchair)
  • Return to a full life including domestic, community, work, leisure and family activities
  • Increased knowledge to assist in the transition to returning home after being in hospital
Your rehabilitation team will comprise of you, your family/friends, and our health care professionals, including:
  • Specialist rehabilitation physicians
  • 24 hour medical cover
  • Nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Allied health assistants
  • Social workers (on request)
Referrals
Referrals to participate in our inpatient rehabilitation program can be arranged by your treating team while you are in hospital. Our rehabilitation assessor will then visit you after your operation/acute phase, to assess your suitability for rehabilitation, and decide which program is best for you.

Funding
Most private health insurers provide cover for our accredited rehabilitation program. We will check your eligibility prior to your admission to our rehabilitation program.

What to bring
  • You will be expected to wear your usual day clothes, clothing that will allow easy movement, eg. tracksuit pants, shorts and loose tops are most suitable.
  • Flat supportive shoes are required (no thongs or scuffs), slip-on shoes are NOT recommended
  • Night clothes, dressing gown and slippers
  • Toiletries, brush, comb
  • Reading material
  • Spectacles and case
  • All current medication (no dosettes)
  • X-rays requested by your doctor
  • Health cards and private health fund details
  • Medicare card
  • Pension card
  • Mobility aides such as walking aids or splints.
  • Long handle aids used at home such as reachers and/or shoe horns.

Visiting hours
Therapy sessions are a priority, patients will be provided with a timetable of sessions and we ask that visitors do not attend when therapy times are booked.

Contact
For contact and referral: Phone: (03) 9218 8288

Car Parking
There is a car park behind the hospital which is open 24 hours, hourly rates apply.


Your treating doctor can refer you to our rehabilitation unit.

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We are specialists in joint replacement rehabilitation
At the Mater we provide both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation following joint replacement. As an orthopaedic centre of excellence, we believe this will enhance your care.

Our rehabilitation team
Treatment is coordinated and supervised by a Fellow of the Australian Facility of Rehabilitation Medicine or equivalent.

Our multidisciplinary team aims to help you regain independence and resume day-to-day tasks. A rehabilitation physician reviews your progress, while the nursing staff give advice on pain management, wound care and coping with daily activities.

Our physiotherapists provide personalised instruction within small group sessions, as well as hydrotherapy if required. Occupational therapy, social work and dietitian services are also available.

Inpatient rehabilitation
You’ll spend considerable time in the gym, and the physiotherapist may conduct active rehabilitation physiotherapy sessions in your hospital room to see how the skills learnt in the gym are working for you. You may also be given exercises to do at other times during the day.

Education sessions
While you’re on the ward, your spare time provides an ideal opportunity to learn about topics such as hip precautions and falls prevention. Education sessions are held at midday in the lounge.

Outpatient/day therapy
Our Day Therapy Centre gives you the option of an outpatient rehabilitation program. This allows you to return home, while participating in an individualised program.


Your treating doctor can refer you to our rehabilitation unit.

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We are specialists in joint replacement rehabilitation.
At SVPCHG we provide inpatient services and pathways for rehabilitation following joint replacement.