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.
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.
The Paediatric Rehabilitation Department at the Women's and Children's Hospital provides the following services:
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:
If you would like to make a donation towards Paediatric Rehabilitation at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital please follow the link below and ask to specifically donate to our Paediatric Rehabilitation Department.
I would like to make a donation to Paediatric Rehabilitation Department (links to WCH Foundation site)
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 Department
Direct Ph (08) 8161 7367 or 8161 7220
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. A formal referral via Oacis needs to follow. Referrals can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Paediatric Rehabilitation Department.