Cabrini’s rehabilitation team offers a personalised treatment plan to help patients recover from illness, injury, surgery, or a medical condition. We are highly skilled in identifying patient’s needs, setting realistic goals and developing programs to help enhance both physical and emotional wellbeing.

General Inquiries

Phone: (03) 9508 1700

Additional Information

Rehabilitation services are offered across all Cabrini hospitals and health facilities.

Operating Hours

Outpatient Services
T: (03) 9508 1700 F: (03) 9508 1455
Monday - Friday
8.00 am - 5.00 pm

Inpatient Services
T: (03) 9508 1584 | F: (03) 9508 1698
Monday - Friday
8.30 am - 4.30 pm



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Inpatient rehabilitation pre-admission form

Outpatient rehabilitation programs and referral form


Cabrini Malvern
181-183 Wattletree Road, Malvern VIC 3144
(03) 9508 1222
Cabrini Brighton
243 New Street, Brighton VIC 3186
(03) 9508 5888

About our rehabilitation service

At Cabrini, we know that having a medical condition, illness, injury or surgery can have a profound impact on your physical and emotional needs, and those of your family. Our rehabilitation team will help you through this challenging time and support you in achieving your health goals. 

Cabrini’s rehabilitation programs are designed to help you maximise your independence, function, mobility, and improve your emotional health. We offer a range of individual and group therapy programs in various settings including our hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and in the home. 

Our expert team of rehabilitation consultants includes: rehabilitation specialists, care coordinators, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, nurses, neuropsychologists, psychologists and dietitians. We will work together with you to assess your condition and tailor a rehabilitation program that best suits your needs. 

Cabrini rehabilitation programs

Cancer Rehabilitation Our oncology rehabilitation program helps patients who experience functional decline, weakness and emotional issues related to the treatment and management of cancer. A specialised program is also available for women with localised breast cancer.
Cardiac Rehabilitation

A service offered to patients who have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease, or who have had a recent admission to hospital because of their cardiovascular disease, such as a heart attack, an angioplasty or bypass surgery. Cardiac rehabilitation involves attending a group program for exercise and education/support. The program is individually tailored to each patient’s ability and stage of recovery, and can help them to return to their normal activities. Taking part in a program like this has been shown to reduce the recurrence of issues relating to cardiovascular disease by up to 35 per cent.

Chronic and Complex Pain

An individually tailored program for patients living with persistent pain. The chronic pain team teaches patients self-management techniques to reduce pain levels, improve function and optimise psychological wellbeing.

>> Download our persistent pain program 


An innovative cognitive rehabilitation program that improves functional skills in people with mild to moderate dementia.
Falls Prevention Provides patients that are at risk of falls, have recently experienced a fall, or have experienced a fracture after a fall, with specialist assessment and rehabilitation to improve their balance, mobility and vigour.
Heart Failure Rehabilitation Provides assessment, exercise and education to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with heart failure. The program runs for six weeks, twice a week, and also includes assessments.
Lung Rehabilitation Provides assessment, exercise and education to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with chronic respiratory conditions. Classes run twice a week for 6-8 weeks.

Patients with neurological conditions can access multidisciplinary assessment and management of their condition via a team of experts, focused on improving their physical and mental wellbeing. We help patients with the following neurological conditions:

  • Brain tumours
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders (Parkinson’s Program)
  • Stroke
  • Other neurological conditions

Provides rehabilitation for:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Shoulder conditions/surgery
  • Spinal conditions/surgery
  • Sprains and strains
Reconditioning Provides assessment and strategies to improve general health, wellbeing and function after a surgery, or a prolonged acute illness. Rehabilitation is also offered to patients awaiting surgery, to enhance their pre-surgical health and functioning.

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Inpatient rehabilitation

We provide inpatient rehabilitation programs in our hospitals in Brighton and Malvern, and in our Elsternwick rehabilitation facility. These specialist facilities are equipped with a dedicated gym and therapy rooms. Our Elsternwick rehabilitation facility is also equipped with a hydrotherapy pool.

Our specialist rehabilitation clinicians and consultants will work with you to develop a tailored therapy program to help achieve your health goals. The focus of our inpatient program is to provide you with a safe, caring and comfortable environment to enable you to improve your quality of life. 

>> Click here to see Cabrini's inpatient rehabilitation programs

We offer the following inpatient rehabilitation programs:

  • Chronic pain
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Major general surgery
  • Parkinson’s disease/movement disorders
  • Preoperative deconditioning
  • Spinal injury or surgery
  • Strokes or other neurological conditions
  • Transport or work accident
  • Trauma due to accident or injury

Outpatient rehabilitation

We also offer a comprehensive range of individual and group therapy rehabilitation and chronic disease programs through our Allied Health Centre at Cabrini Malvern and Brighton. These out of hospital services are aimed at enhancing your health and wellbeing when and where you need it. Allied Health is the collective term for a group of health professionals, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians, social workers, podiatrists and psychologists. Our team provides you with a wide range of services including: 

  • Chronic disease programs
  • Diabetes education
  • Dietetics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy and physiotherapy classes
  • Podiatry
  • Speech pathology 



We understand that some patients find it more convenient to receive rehabilitation services in the comfort of their home. This is why we offer patients the opportunity to receive first-class rehabilitation care in the home.

Patients who are eligible for treatment at home can access it as a stand-alone service, or as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Some of the rehabilitation services we commonly offer in the home setting include:

  • reconditioning programs to help patients with general weakness
  • therapies for people recovering from stroke, or living with Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis
  • rehabilitation for patients who have had joint replacements, spinal surgery or fractures
  • programs to help people with reduced balance or who have had a fall
If you are accessing your therapy in the home as part of a rehabilitation program, a referral from your general practitioner is required. For patients seeking our services for other reasons, a referral may not be necessary. Please contact our Access Unit on (03) 9508 1700 for help.

>> Download our Therapy-in-the-home brochure


Commonly asked questions

  • What do I wear?

    Most of our programs involve exercising, so we recommend you wear comfortable gym clothing and footwear. If your program includes hydrotherapy, please bring bathers, suitable footwear and a towel.

  • How much will this cost?

    Some of our services are bulk-billed, which means you will not have to pay any out of pocket costs. You may also have rehabilitation coverage as part of your private health insurance, further reducing costs for outpatients. We advise checking with your health insurance provider to help you estimate any potential charges. You can also contact us on (03) 9508 1700 to find out more.

  • Do I need a referral?

    Yes. You will need a referral from your general practitioner, specialist, surgeon or hospital doctor to take part in our programs.

  • Does my health insurance cover this?

    Many health insurance policies cover you for treatment as a rehabilitation outpatient, but it depends on your level of cover and the type of treatment you require. We know that it can be confusing to work out which services are covered, which is why our staff can help you check your eligibility and discuss the options with you. If you are not covered, we offer self-funded programs too.

  • Can I have my rehabilitation at home?

    We offer some patients the chance to have rehabilitation at home. 

    Do I need a referral?

    If you are accessing your therapy in the home as part of a rehabilitation program, a referral from your general practitioner is required. For patients seeking our services for other reasons, a referral may not be necessary. Please contact our Access Unit on (03) 9508 1700 for help.

    Who will come to my house?
    All staff working in this program are Cabrini health professionals who will provide you with the highest standard of care. We will arrange all appointments at a time that is convenient for you, and we will let you know which one of our trusted experts will be coming to your home. We will also ask you some questions about your house before we attend, to make sure it is appropriate for home therapy.

    Does this service have out of pocket costs?
    Your private health insurance or another funding body, such as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, WorkSafe or the Transport Accident Commission, may cover the costs of this treatment. For help calculating potential charges, please contact our Access Unit on (03) 9508 1700 or email: