The QGMG specialists work across a number of hospital sites, almost all of which have their own rehabilitation units. This is a general outline of what rehabilitation is and why it is important.
Available Rehabilitation Programs
- Orthopaedic programs – rehabilitation after surgery including spinal and neurosurgery, and lower limb or upper limb orthopaedic surgery
- Neurology programs for patients who have had spinal and cranial surgery, and those with degenerative neurological conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and others.
- Reconditioning after major events including stroke, major illness and many surgeries
- Functional Maintenance and Restoration program for those at risk of losing independence due to gradual loss of function, strength and endurance
- Preconditioning and reconditioning programs focusing on restorative care of patients before or after surgical and medical events causing disability or de-conditioning
- Fully individualised programs designed to maintain your independence
Inpatient Personalised Rehabilitation Program
- Faster recovery time after your injury or operation
- Manage and reduce pain to maximise functional gains
- Minimise level of dysfunction and disability
- A coordinated ‘return to home’ plan with initiation of services, day therapy, or community based therapies to ensure ongoing recovery after discharge toward complete recovery
What To Bring To Rehabilitation
When you come to the rehabilitation unit, we would like you to bring a few things to help you feel more like a person and less like a patient. Our suggestions include:
Details Of Team Member Roles
The doctor initially treating you in hospital will refer you for an assessment by one of our Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialists to determine your need for rehabilitation, your program and goals, and the appropriate timing of your transfer to the Rehabilitation Unit. Your specialist has the responsibility of monitoring and evaluating your medical care and rehabilitation program and will liaise with your surgeon, physician, general practitioner and other specialists as required to ensure effective continuity of medical care and follow up after discharge from hospital.
The physiotherapist will assist you by designing an exercise program and work with you to improve your balance, strength, movement, flexibility, endurance, mobility and review any mobility equipment and aids if required. The physiotherapists will also design a home exercise program for continued functional improvements after discharge toward complete recovery.
Occupational therapists will assist you in improving your functional ability with important activities of daily living integral to your independence. Occupational therapists can assist you with the selection of equipment to help you maintain your function and independence and increase your safety within the home.
The rehabilitation ward nurses assist you with your basic function and treatment including pain management, hygiene and self care and preservation of your dignity. The nursing staff also assist with your comfort and making sure you are ready for your therapies.
The allied health assistant coordinates, supervises and assists with individual and group therapy sessions.
If your medical condition has contributed to swallowing and /or communication difficulties you may be referred to a speech pathologist for assessment and management of your swallowing and /or communication function.
Surgical and medical problems may impact on, and be impacted on by, your nutritional state. Recovery often requires appropriate nutritional optimisation. If there are concerns regarding your nutritional health, you may be referred to the Dietitians. The dietician can assist with assessing your nutritional status and requirements, and work toward improving your recovery through diet optimization whilst in hospital and after discharge. This can include weight management and special diets such as for those with diabetes.