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.
Phone: (03) 9508 1700
Rehabilitation services are offered across all Cabrini hospitals and health facilities.
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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.
|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.|
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.
|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:
Provides rehabilitation for:
|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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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.
We offer the following inpatient rehabilitation programs:
For all enquiries and referral for Outpatient rehabilitation please contact ACCESS on (03) 9508 1700.
We offer a comprehensive range of individual and group therapy rehabilitation and chronic disease programs on an outpatient basis. Most of these programs are run at Cabrini’s Elsternwick Campus at 494 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick. Our team provides a wide range of specialised services including:
Through this service, patients with neurological conditions, such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, multiple sclerosis and brain tumours, are able to access specialist multidisciplinary assessment and therapy. Issues with dizziness or vertigo can be also be addressed by our allied health staff.
The Cabrini Parkinson's Disease Program specialises in working with people with Parkinson's and similar movement disorders. The Parkinson's Program provides advice support and strategies for your Parkinson’s journey. First, we ask you about your biggest challenges. Then, a plan is designed to address your goals. This plan might include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, dietetics, social work, neuropsychology or more general advice and education. We also offer a six week group program that provides exercise and education about Parkinson’s disease.
Provides assessment and strategies to improve general health, wellbeing and function after a prolonged acute surgical or medical illness which has led to a period of inactivity and consequent loss of strength and fitness. Rehabilitation is also offered to patients awaiting surgery to enhance pre-surgical health and functioning.
Falls and Balance Program
The program provides specialist assessment and management of falls and fear of falling; with rehabilitation to improve balance, mobility and strength for patients that are at risk of falls, or have recently experienced injury after a fall.
Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
This program is intended for patients who have chronic musculoskeletal conditions or require rehabilitation post-surgical intervention. Rehabilitation is provided post joint replacement and spinal surgery, to manage arthritis, sprains and strains, and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Program
A specialised program is available for women with localised breast cancer involving guided exercise and education in a supportive group environment. Issues such as fatigue, weakness, returning to previous exercise and activities, and emotional wellbeing are addressed in relation to the management and treatment of this type of cancer.
Pain Management Program
An individually tailored program for patients with persistent pain has been established. The chronic pain team aims to support patients to learn self-management techniques, to reduce pain levels, improve function and optimise psychological wellbeing. This program involves education and empowerment for self-management, gentle exercises, sleep strategies, dietary advice, strategies for efficient management of daily activities, posture training, psychological support, relaxation and mindfulness training and hydrotherapy
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program
Pulmonary rehabilitation provides tailored care for patients with a chronic lung condition who experience shortness of breath limiting their participation in activities of normal life.
This program offers exercise and education sessions in a group setting to improve quality of life, exercise tolerance and self-management strategies.
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.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is 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.
Heart Failure Rehabilitation
This program is run alongside the cardiac rehabilitation program and involves exercise and education providing strategies to support you managing this condition well to maximise your health and wellbeing.
A doctor to doctor referral is required to access our services. This can be done using our referral form or by letter.
All referrals are managed by our Access Unit:
Ph: (03) 9508 1700 | Fax: (03) 9508 1455 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours of Operation: Office Hours: 9 am - 5 pm
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:
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.
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.
Yes. You will need a referral from your general practitioner, specialist, surgeon or hospital doctor to take part in our programs.
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.
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.
You will need a referral from your general practitioner, specialist, surgeon or hospital doctor for our rehabilitation programs.
We offer individual and group therapies in various settings when and where you need it. Our programs are available as an inpatient in our hospitals or as an outpatient through our Allied Health Centres in Malvern and Brighton. In some cases, therapy can also be available in the convenience of your home.
Our Outpatient Rehabilitation services require a referral from a medical practitioner. Please fill in our Referral Form and email it to our Access Unit: email@example.com Please feel free to contact us on (03) 9508 1700 to determine the best program for your patient.
All Inpatient Rehabilitation services also require a referral from a medical practitioner. Please complete our Rehabilitation Inpatient pre-admission referral form and contact our Rehab Access Coordinators on (03) 9508 1584 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.