Rehabilitation

To meet the individual needs of patients, an expert team of medical, nursing and allied health staff work collaboratively to tailor inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs that best meet a patient’s cognitive, physical, functional and psychosocial needs and goals.

We work with families and external service providers to reintegrate patients into their home and communities. We aim to return patients to a lifestyle that is as independent and functional as possible.

Allied health services are available to patients based on their individual rehabilitation needs. Services include:

  • physiotherapy
  • exercise physiology
  • occupational therapy
  • psychology
  • neuropsychology
  • speech pathology
  • dietetics
  • social work
  • hydrotherapy

Facilities

Epworth Geelong provides modern, purpose-designed rehabilitation facilities including:

  • hydrotherapy pool
  • gym
  • sleep unit
  • clinical areas to replicate daily activities to promote independance in the home, workplace, school or community.

Our services and programs

Orthopaedics

For patients who have had spinal surgery, joint replacement or other orthopaedic surgery (to maximise strength and function), or have inflammatory joint conditions such as arthritis.

Pain management

For patients with injuries or pain conditions that result from illness, injury or trauma, and who continue to experience chronic pain.

Neurology

For patients presenting with physical, functional, and cognitive neurological deficits as a result of cerebral event or tumour, multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barre syndrome and Parkinson’s disease.

Falls and Balance

Improving physical capability, increasing confidence and independence (especially with mobility and community access) and minimising the risk and consequences of falling for people at-risk.

Cardiac Services

Following a cardiac event or chronic illness, this program aims to maximise physical functioning and recovery, encourage behaviours that minimise the risk of further cardiac problems, improve confidence, psychological and social function and to maximise independence.

Oncology

A specialised program following the completion of acute treatment. Specifically tailored to those experiencing physical limitations, such as fatigue and loss of strength, and any emotional issues related to current treatment or returning to everyday life post-cancer. Designed to help patients regain a sense of self through education related to diet, finances, relationships, body image, exercise and support services.

Respiratory

Following a pulmonary event or chronic illness, this program aims to:

  • regain strength and endurance lost as a consequence of inactivity and steroid-induced muscle weakness
  • reduce symptoms of breathlessness and fatigue by improving exercise capacity and teaching pacing and energy conservation strategies
  • reduce anxiety and depression via the identification of coping strategies and counselling to improve overall quality of life, including increased participation in physical and social activities
  • educate patients about medications, nutrition, home oxygen therapy, sputum clearance techniques, home set-up and community support

Reconditioning

A burst of rehabilitation activity for patients who are deconditioned or having difficulty with mobility or function that perhaps may also be impacting their level of independence and support.

Sleep Studies

The Sleep Unit offers comprehensive overnight studies to observe and diagnose a wide range of sleep disorders, such as:

  • periodic limb movement disorder
  • narcolepsy
  • insomnia

Services not covered by Allied Health include a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy clinic, and multiple sleep latency testing.

Location

Rehabilitation therapies reception, the hydrotherapy pool and gym are located on level LG of Epworth Geelong. Sleep studies and activities of daily living are located on level 4. View the hospital floor plan.

Refer a patient to Epworth Geelong rehabilitation services

Phone: 03 5271 7711
Fax: 03 5271 7700
Email: EG.Bookings@epworth.org.au