Rehabilitation

Cabrini’s rehabilitation team offers a personalised treatment plan to help patients recover from illness, injury, surgery, or a medical condition. We are 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 sites including our hospitals and health facilities

Contact access@cabrini.com.au
Operating Hours

Monday to Friday
8.00 am - 5.00 pm

Referral

Required. Find out more about referrals

For Patients | For GPs | Referral Form

Locations

Rehabilitation - Hopetoun
2-6 Hopetoun Street, Elsternwick VIC 3185
(03) 9508 5100
Rehabilitation - Glen Huntly Rd
494 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick 3185
(03) 9508 5200

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 to navigate this challenging time and achieve your health goals. 

You may be recovering from surgery, an unexpected medical event, or need to improve your strength and wellbeing as a result of an injury or chronic disease. Cabrini’s rehabilitation programs are designed to help you maximise your independence, function, mobility, and improve your emotional health.

Our expert team of rehabilitation consultants includes: 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. 

Treatment can be delivered in the hospital or you can take part in our extensive range of rehabilitation programs as an outpatient. In addition to our individual treatment programs, we also offer group therapies to help you achieve specific health goals.

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.

Dementia 

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.
Neurology

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
  • Other neurological conditions
  • Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders (Parkinson’s Program)
  • Stroke
Orthopaedics

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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Our locations

Elsternwick Rehabilitation Program

We provide 71 beds for inpatient rehabilitation at our two locations in Elsternwick. These specialist facilities are equipped with a dedicated gym, specialist therapy rooms, and a hydrotherapy pool.

Our programs are designed to help restore patients to the highest level of function and independence that they are capable of. Depending on their individual needs, patients can have the choice of attending our programs as an inpatient or an outpatient.

Cabrini Rehabilitation Elsternwick offers specialist rehabilitation for:

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

Allied Health Centre

The Cabrini Allied Health Centre encompasses a variety of services aimed at enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, in practical ways. Allied Health is the collective term for a group of health professionals, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians, social workers, podiatrists and psychologists.

Services offered:

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

We aim to provide you with the care you need, when and where you need it. The centre is located at Cabrini Malvern, but services are also offered at Cabrini Brighton and in the community via home visits. Learn more


Rehabilitation in the home 

We understand that some patients find it more convenient and comfortable to be being treated in their own home. This is why our program offers patients the opportunity to receive first-class care at their doorstep.

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 services we commonly offer at home 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
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: access@cabrinic.om.au.

Our specialists

Rehabilitation Physicians

Health Psychologist

  •  Sue Yencken

Neuropsychologist

  •  Renee Lichter

Physiotherapists

  • Helen Kugler 
  • Jennifer Trotman 
  • Biffy Walker 

Occupational Therapist

  • Mandy Purcell 

Speech Pathologist

  •  John Pierce

 

Resources

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. You can find out more about the program here. Please contact us to see if you are eligible.