Cabrini’s Allied Health Centre is dedicated to improving the mental and physical health of patients. We provide physiotherapy, dietetics, speech pathology, occupational therapy and chronic disease management services to restore your optimal health after an injury, accident or illness.
Phone: (03) 9508 1700
Additional Contact No: (03) 9508 1400
Monday to Friday
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The Cabrini Allied Health Centre encompasses a variety of services aimed at enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, in practical ways.
In the one convenient service, patients can access physiotherapy, dietetics, speech pathology, health psychology, diabetes education, exercise physiology, podiatry and occupational therapy.
We aim to provide you with the care you need, when you need it and where you need it. The centre is located in Area E on Level 1 at Cabrini Malvern, but services are also available at Cabrini Elsternwick and in the community via home visits.
Our services include:
When you are diagnosed with diabetes, it will be necessary to make some lifestyle changes to manage your condition. Our Diabetes Education program helps you make informed choices related to your diabetes based on the most compelling research.
We strive to empower you with the information you need to reduce the development of diabetes-related complications, and maintain your optimum wellbeing. Diabetes educators offer consultation on all aspects of diabetes, including gestational diabetes, type 1 and 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes.
“Finding out I had diabetes was terrifying and I was so overwhelmed by it all… I can’t thank the team enough for all your amazing support. You have such great knowledge and you’ve been so kind and patient with me. Thank you!” - from an outpatient client with type 1 diabetes.
Nutrition is a fundamental aspect of every patient’s care, recovery and wellbeing. Our dietetics team of tertiary qualified dietitians and dietetic assistants have expertise in nutrition related assessment, diagnosis, care planning, treatment and education. Treatment plans are carefully considered with your specific situation and clinical nutritional needs in mind.
We can help patients with our comprehensive range of general and specialist outpatient clinics, including:
An exercise physiologist specialises in the use of exercise to help patients meet specific health goals, or to recover from a medical condition. At the Cabrini Allied Health Centre, our skilled exercise physiologists have a specific focus on assisting patients with cancer and chronic disease. They are adept at setting up tailored programs to meet patients’ individual needs.
Our exercise physiology programs include:
"One of the most helpful, effective and nurturing programs we have ever been involved in," a testimony from a patient with heart failure.
"Everyone was so helpful and lovely, I really loved the support and guidance I received at Cabrini. I felt very lost beforehand and now I feel empowered with knowledge," says a patient who had chronic pain.
The goal of occupational therapy is to help our patients’ transition back into daily life after an illness, disability or injury. Our occupational therapists work with you and your community so you are ready to go back to work and/or resume your regular activities.
We offer centre based therapy, home and community assessments depending upon your goals.
Our physiotherapists are experienced in managing a range of conditions. They have expertise in: osteoarthritis, vertigo, sports and spinal injuries, pregnancy-related conditions, lymphoedema and respiratory conditions. We offer our patients individual treatment sessions and group-based programs in our fully-equipped gymnasium. Patients can also opt for the convenience of in-the-home visits.
Physiotherapy treatments include:
Hydrotherapy is offered at the Elsternwick site. The buoyancy and warmth of the water supports reduced pain and muscle spasm during exercise allowing greater range of movement. The resistance provided by the water can also be used for strengthening exercises as part of a rehabilitation program.
Our specially-trained lymphoedema physiotherapists provide screening and monitoring, early intervention and complex lymphoedema management.
Podiatrists specialise in foot, ankle and lower limb health. They can also treat foot problems that are the result of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. We can help with:
Social workers are an integral part of the treating team at Cabrini and available across all of our campuses to assist patients and their families with their psychological, emotional and practical needs while undergoing treatment or participating in our education programs.
We provide a wide variety of social work services which can include:
Speech pathologists are specialists trained in the assessment and management of communication and swallowing disorders. Our team can:
Most services offered by the Allied Health Centre don’t require a referral. Bookings can be made by calling (03) 9508 1700. The following services do require a referral from a General Practitioner or specialist:
Please bring an up-to-date medical and medication history to your appointment, and any relevant documentation or investigations related to your condition. If your appointment involves exercising, please make sure you wear appropriate clothing and bring a towel and water bottle.
At Cabrini we pride ourselves on delivering the best care possible to our patients. Our team of experienced and highly qualified health professionals go through a careful selection process.
If you’ve had tests performed at Cabrini, your therapist will have access to them electronically. To save time and ensure your therapist is well-informed, please bring your results and medical history to your appointments.
Yes. Please discuss this option with your General Practitioner.
At Malvern we are located in Area E on Level 1 at Cabrini’s Malvern Hospital . If you need directions, please ask staff at the main reception Desk, located at the main entrance next to the Emergency Department. At Elsternwick we are located at 494 Glenhuntly Rd, which is between Kooyong and Orrong Rd.
At Malvern all-day parking is available in our paid undercover car park. Access to the Cabrini car park is via Coonil Crescent (off Wattletree Road). There is also a three-minute drop-off area outside the main entrance of the hospital, which is off Coonil Crescent. Limited off-street parking is available in surrounding streets. Please observe parking restrictions. At Elsternwick there is free parking in front of the building and in the streets nearby.
Depending on your health fund cover you may be entitled to a rebate for certain services. Please contact your health fund provider to find out about your allied health service cover. If you have a chronic condition, discuss your Chronic Disease Management Plan with your General Practitioner as you may be eligible for government-subsidised treatment. Some of our specialist services, such as lymphoedema and physiotherapy, may also be covered by your health fund.
Most of our allied health services can be booked without a referral. Please call Cabrini on (03) 9508 1700 for assistance or to make a booking.
The following services will require a referral from a General Practitioner or specialist:
With the exception of Videofluoroscopy, our allied health services can be booked without a referral.
However, we welcome as much information about your patient as possible. Therefore, we ask that you complete our Cabrini-in-the-Community Referral Form.
In case you require any assistance or would like to make a booking on behalf of your patient, please call our Access Services on (03) 9508 1700.