Treatments and tests

Specialist rehabilitation services

Most rehabilitation services cover a range of health conditions.

However, there are more specialised rehabilitation services available for certain health conditions.

Amputee specialist services

Health care professional showing a file to an amputee

Specialised inpatient amputee rehabilitation service is provided at Fiona Stanley Hospital (external link).

Amputee complex care coordination

Most metropolitan hospitals also offer general inpatient amputee rehabilitation services.

In addition, the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (external site) also provides:

  • outpatient amputee rehabilitation
  • outreach service to support outpatient amputee rehabilitation services.

These services are provided by multidisciplinary teams that include a:

  • consultant rehabilitation physician
  • physiotherapist
  • social worker
  • clinical psychologist
  • podiatrist
  • occupational therapist.

Hospital health professionals will help to make a referral to these specialised outpatient amputee rehabilitation services for you.

Falls specialist service

This home-based service aims to prevent or reduce falls in older people by providing:

  • an individual home assessment to develop a falls prevention strategy to reduce the risk factors that contribute to falls
  • comprehensive falls assessment for older people presenting to emergency departments with a fall or falls related injuries, who are not admitted as an inpatient and do not require rehabilitation in the home
  • a coordinated approach; a partnership of the older person at risk of falls with their general practitioner, carers and relevant service providers.

Falls services are also available from day therapy units at metropolitan public hospitals.

There is no cost involved but you will need a referral from your GP.

Paediatric intensive rehabilitation

Woman sitting with young boy doing speech therapy

Paediatric intensive rehabilitation, referred to as iRehab, is a unique intensive outpatient rehabilitation service for children and adolescents.

Speech retraining at iRehab

iRehab operates as a day unit at Princess Margaret Hospital (external site).

The service targets children with:

  • acquired brain injury
  • congenital or acquired spinal cord injury
  • musculoskeletal conditions
  • neurological disorders.

The iRehab team develops individualised programs for children to improve their functional outcomes, particularly activities of daily living.

Typically a program involves the children attending the iRehab service 1 day a week for approximately 6 to 8 weeks, where they will receive therapy from the multidisciplinary team.

The children’s carers are also encouraged to actively participate in the rehabilitation program.

The team maintains close links with leading national and international research and therapy programs

Parkinson’s disease specialist services

Specialist outpatient rehabilitation services for people living with Parkinson’s disease are available at:

  • North Metropolitan Parkinson’s Disease Centre of Excellence, Osborne Park Hospital
    • specialist medical consultation
    • outpatient rehabilitation clinic
    • outreach mobile nursing service
  • Swan District Hospital
    • referral to specialist medical consultation at Osborne Park Hospital Parkinson’s Disease Centre for Excellence
    • medical advice and support
    • outpatient rehabilitation clinic
  • South Metropolitan Parkinson’s Disease Centre of Excellence, Moss Street, Fremantle Hospital and Health Service
    • specialist medical consultation
    • outpatient rehabilitation clinic
    • clinics also operate in Armadale, Bentley, Peel and Rockingham
    • access to day therapy units and outpatient services at your local health services if required.

There is no cost involved but you will need a referral from your GP.

Stroke specialist services  

Specialised inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation services are available at these hospitals:

Stroke rehabilitation services in country areas

In WA, 4 regions have developed resource centres with stroke coordinators and allied health therapists.

They work together with metropolitan services to improve coordination and therapy for stroke patients:

  • South West region – Bunbury Hospital
  • Great Southern region – Albany Hospital
  • Midwest region – Geraldton Hospital
  • Goldfields region – Kalgoorlie Hospital.

Specialised outpatient stroke rehabilitation clinics have been established at these sites.

Where to get help

  • See your doctor
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Ring healthdirect on 1800 022 222

Remember

  • Most and allied health metropolitan hospitals also offer general inpatient amputee rehabilitation services.
  • iRehab is a unique intensive outpatient rehabilitation service for children and adolescents.
  • In WA, 4 country regions have developed resource centres with stroke coordinators therapists.

Acknowledgements

Aged and Continuing Care Directorate


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