Specialist rehabilitation services provide specialist healthcare teams to treat burns, traumatic spinal cord injury, non-traumatic spinal cord injury, severe acquired brain injury and paediatric injury.
These specialist services work with other rehabilitation services to provide continuing care as close to your home as possible.
Spinal cord injury
The Victorian Spinal Cord Service, located at Austin Health, is the primary service provider for people with a traumatic spinal cord injury.
The Spinal Rehabilitation Clinic at Alfred Health is the other service provider predominantly focusing on non-traumatic spinal cord injury.
If you have a spinal cord injury, you are likely to have complex high-care needs, meaning that you will. Most patients will require access to specialist rehabilitation, equipment, home modifications and attendant care packages. These are funded through an individual support package for long-term care needs.
Acquired brain injury
Acquired brain injury (ABI) encompasses a wide spectrum of brain injuries resulting from major trauma such as road accidents, criminal assault or suicide attempts.
A small group of patients with severe ABI's will require specialist subacute services to meet their rehabilitation needs. These include intensive nursing and/or managing complex behavioural issues as well as specialist allied health services.
There are two services that care for people with moderate to severe ABI:
Victorian Paediatrics Rehabilitation Service
The Victorian Paediatrics Rehabilitation Service (VPRS) assists children and adolescents who, as a result of a major trauma injury need appropriate, time-limited, goal-focused multidisciplinary rehabilitation.
Services offered include:
- Acquired brain injury services and clinics
- Physical rehabilitation services and clinics
- Spinal cord injury and disease services and clinics
- Chronic fatigue service and clinic
- Tone management clinics
- Combined orthopaedic and rehabilitation clinics
- Combined rehabilitation and plastics clinics
The VPRS builds on and integrates with existing paediatric and rehabilitation service platforms. Monash Health and The Royal Children's Hospital provide admitted rehabilitation to children that require admitted care. They liaise closely with other VPRS ambulatory services on discharge to facilitate continuity of care.
Location of specialist rehabilitation services
Specialist rehabilitation services are located at the following metropolitan health services:
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