Paediatric Rehabilitation Department
The Paediatric Rehabilitation Department is responsible for the provision of intensive rehabilitation for children/adolescents with an acquired (and often catastrophic) reduction in function due to trauma, illness or medical procedures. The aim is to assist children/adolescents to achieve the highest level of independence, physically, socially and psychologically, in order to maximize their quality of life and their participation within their family and community.
To be a leader in clinical care, education and research excellence in Paediatric Rehabilitation.
To provide coordinated multidisciplinary intensive rehabilitation and specialist rehabilitation interventions for children, young people and their families. To assist them to achieve the highest possible level of function and independence in order to maximize their quality of life and participation within their family and community.
Care is interdisciplinary, delivered by a team of highly skilled medical, nursing and allied health staff. The child and family are central to delivery of care and establishment of functional goals. There is a focus on discharge planning and re-integration into the child’s home, school and community. The Department is accredited as a Designate Rehabilitation Facility by the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and provides training for Rehabilitation Physicians.
Welcome to Paediatric Rehabilitation - Video
The Paediatric Rehabilitation Department at the Women's and Children's Hospital provides the following services:
The inpatient service is responsible for providing intensive rehabilitation to assist children in reaching their maximal functional potential. After a referral and initial assessment, children who may benefit enter the program. The program is goal oriented and time limited. At discharge there is a transition either to the Ambulatory Service or directly back into the community with referral to community based support services where available.
The Ambulatory Rehabilitation Service commenced in August 2010 from funds that were provided by COAG and GP Plus. It was clear from the establishment of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Service, that the patients who were medically stable could be discharged sooner. However, there were concerns that if therapy discontinued too early or was not intensive enough, the patients would not achieve their highest possible level of function, and be at risk of losing any gains recently achieved. The new service which provides intensive rehabilitation to non admitted patients, bridges the gap between intensive inpatient rehabilitation and less intensive therapy available in the community.
Two groups of patients are eligible to access this new Service.
Inpatients with an acquired neurological condition that are medically stable and can be safely discharged to the community with appropriate accommodation and equipment.
Outpatients with an acquired or congenital neurological condition identified in a Rehabilitation Clinic as requiring a medical or surgical intervention to maximise or improve function.
Both groups of patients are eligible for a program through the Ambulatory Rehabilitation Service if the prescribed amount of therapy is not available in their local community.
The Ambulatory Rehabilitation Service will offer programs that are:
Key components of the Ambulatory Rehabilitation Service:
Consumer feedback and complaints are valuable to the Paediatric Rehabilitation Department because they enable us to view our service from the perspective of consumers and their carers. When used effectively, this information can also assist in directing improvement in the quality of our services. Please spend sometime looking at link below and provide us with your valuable feedback and comments.
Paediatric Rehabilitation Department office is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Paediatric Rehabilitation Consultants
Clinical Practice Consultant
Referrals - how to refer to the Paediatric Rehabilitation Department (Inpatient and Ambulatory Services)
Referrals need to be made in writing and by a medical officer and are directed to the Consultant or Paediatric Rehabilitation Manager. Referrals can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Paediatric Rehabilitation Department.
last modified: 11 Aug 2016