Donvale Rehabilitation Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Day Rehabilitation

Our Day Rehabilitation service is specifically designed to meet individual needs. Day Rehabilitation involves individually tailored rehabilitation that is delivered either one on one or in a group setting. Day Rehabilitation runs five days a week (Monday to Friday).

Depending on your goals and needs, you may work with team members from the following areas who work in the Day Rehabilitation Services team:

  •  Rehabilitation Specialist 
  •  Occupational Therapist  
  •  Dietitian 
  •  Cardiac Nurse
  •  Physiotherapist
  •  Psychologist
  •  Pulmonary Nurse
  •  Social Worker
  •  Speech Pathologist  
  •  Exercise Physiologist

 

 

 

Referral Process

To attend a Day Rehabilitation Program, we require a referral from a GP or specialist to one of our Rehabilitation Specialists. Please call the Day Rehabilitation Reception on (03) 9841 1490 for further information, or click here to download a referral form.

 

Our Day Programs include:

 

Orthopaedic Day Rehab Program

Our Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Program is tailored for patients who

  • have undergone or are about to undergo joint replacement surgery
  • have suffered a recent fracture
  • have undergone spinal surgery such as a fusion, discectomy or laminectomy
  • need treatment to improve strength, mobility, flexibility, endurance and balance
  • need to improve the way they walk
  • need to improve their ability to do everyday activities

Reconditioning Day Rehab Program

Our Reconditioning Rehabilitation Program is designed for patients who

  • have recently experienced a serious acute episode of illness
  • undergone a surgical procedure
  • have a chronic medical condition
  • need treatment to improve strength, endurance and balance
  • need to improve their ability to do everyday activities

Our multidisciplinary Falls Management Program is suitable for those who are at risk of falling or who have experienced a fall.

The program aims to help reduce the risk of falls, increase a participant's self-confidence in situations where falls may occur and understand the factors which can contribute to the risk.

The program is designed to maintain personal independence and maximise participation in an active and fulfilling life. For more information about our Falls Management Program, please refer to this brochure.

Neurological Day Rehab Program

Our Neurological Rehabilitation Program is designed for patients who

  • have recently had a stroke
  • have recently undergone brain surgery
  • have a neurological condition such as Multiple Sclerosis
  • need treatment to improve strength, endurance and balance
  • need help in reading, writing and finding the right words to say
  • need to improve their ability to do everyday activities

We also have a Parkinson's Day Rehabilitation Program for those both recently diagnosed and for those who have been diagnosed for a period of time.

Parkinson's Day Rehab Program

Our Parkinson's Day Rehabilitation Program is designed for patients who

  • have Parkinson's Disease - including those who have been recently diagnosed
  • need treatment to improve strength, endurance and balance
  • have eating, drinking and/or speech difficulties
  • need to improve their ability to do everyday activities

We use the latest evidence based principles from the PD Warrior™ program. For more information, see www.pdwarrior.com.

Click here for a brochure about our Parkinson's Rehabilitation Program.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is tailored for people who have heart disease, have had a cardiac procedure, have heart failure, or experience risk factors associated with heart disease.

The aim of the program is to help people return to their previous lifestyles and activities through exercise and education. For more information about Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, please read this brochure.

Pulmonary Rehab Program

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed for patients who have chronic respiratory illnesses such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The comprehensive Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is designed to help patients feel better and breathe easier. Our program can help

  • increase your ability to do everyday activities including hobbies and leisure activities
  • improve exercise performance
  • reduce breathlessness
  • reduce hospitalisation frequency

Click here for a brochure about our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.

Our Persistent Pain Rehabilitation Program, EMPOWER, is based on current best practice management of this condition using a team based approach.

We understand that having persistent pain is a whole life problem, not just a physical one, and recognise that for people living with persistent pain, the control and alleviation of symptoms can be a lifelong journey.

Our role is to partner with you and create a dynamic pain management strategy by exploring concepts such as pacing, graded exposure, relaxation, stress management and return to exercises/activity.

The program has a multidisciplinary focus and includes physiotherapy, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, psychology and dietitian input

Click here for a brochure about our Pain Rehabilitation Program.

The aim of the Driving Assessment and Rehabilitation Service is to assist people to resume or commence driving in a safe manner to maximise independence in the community.

This service is provided by a qualified Occupational Therapy Driving Assessor who works closely with qualified driving instructors. These instructors have experience working with clients with a variety of medical conditions and are able to provide expert tuition in the use of vehicle modifications.

For more information, click here for a brochure about our Driving Assessment and Rehabilitation Service.

Our multidisciplinary Oncology Rehabilitation Program, ACTIVATE, is for people who have a primary diagnosis of cancer.

The aim of this program is to help people, regardless of where they are on their cancer journey, lead an active and fulfilling lifestyle. The program consists of a structured exercise program and education sessions from a range of health professionals.

For further information about our Oncology Rehabilitation Program, please refer to this brochure.

Vestibular disorders can vary in their cause and symptoms. The area concerned may be the inner ear, nerves or brain. Some causes of vestibular dysfunction can include:

  • Vestibular neuritis (a viral infection of the inner ear)
  • Acoustic neuroma (a benign tumour which grows along the vestibular nerve)
  • Meniere's Disease (a disorder which involves the build-up of fluid in the inner ear)
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) (a disorder caused by debris freely floating in the fluid of the inner ear)
  • Ototoxicity (an adverse reaction of inner ear structures to certain medications)
  • Vestibular migraine (a type of migraine which causes dizziness rather than headache)
  • Stroke (an interference with the blood supply to the inner ear and vestibular areas within the brain)
  • Trauma (for example: motor vehicle accidents, significant falls)

Vestibular symptoms can affect everyone slightly differently. Some examples of how symptoms may present could include:

  • Dizziness, light headedness, nausea
  • Unsteadiness, decreased balance
  • Fatigue, feeling of reduced energy
  • Blurry vision
  • A sensation that the room is spinning or moving
  • A foggy or cloudy feeling, decreased concentration

Our multidisciplinary neurological rehabilitation team is trained in the assessment and management of various types of vestibular issues.

Your rehabilitation program will be individualised and person-centered, using vestibular exercises which are tailored to your needs based on your assessment findings.

We use the latest evidence in assessing and treating these conditions, to ensure we achieve your best outcomes. 

Click here for a brochure about our vestibular rehabilitation program.