Rehabilitation Medical Outpatient Clinic

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Service?

The Rehabilitation Medical clinic is led by a doctor called a Rehabilitation Physician. The physician follows-up patients who have been discharged from the rehabilitation ward within Northern Health to make sure that they are continuing to recover. Your GP may be able to refer you to this clinic but this is determined on a case by case basis.

The physician’s areas of expertise include spasticity, management of bowel and bladder and pain issues. Some advice can also be provided on managing thinking and behavioural changes following acquired brain injury.

What can I expect from the service?

You will be invited to attend a clinic at either Bundoora or Broadmeadows. The physician will talk to you about your health issue and recovery and may undertake a physical examination. He or she will then develop a plan with you to improve things that are important to you such as your mobility, self-care, and participation in leisure activities, work or driving.

The Service is held at Bundoora and Broadmeadows campuses on Thursday afternoons, alternating between campuses. Broadmeadows Clinic is staffed by a Rehabilitation Physician and Registrar. Bundoora clinic is staffed by a Rehabilitation Physician only.

What do I bring/need for my appointment?

Please bring a list of current medications, relevant scans or results.

 How much does it cost?

  • No cost for attending the Rehabilitation Medical Clinic.
  • A fee of $5-10 per visit may be incurred if you are referred on to Community Therapy service for further therapy.
  • If you are ineligible for Medicare the referral for the service will need to be reviewed by management

Contact us

For referrals or enquiries regarding this service please contact the Community Access Service team

Free Call:      1300 128 539

Fax:                9495 3510

Email:           CommunityAccesshelpdesk@nh.org.au

 

For Health Professionals

Service/Clinic overview

The Rehabilitation Medical Clinic is led by a Rehabilitation Physician for the purpose of reviewing or following-up clients discharged from the rehabilitation ward within Northern Health. Referrals from the community or within Northern Health will also be accepted on a case by case basis.

The types of clients seen with in this clinic would present with:

  • Neurological conditions such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, peripheral neuropathies
  • Complex orthopaedic and/ or rehabilitation medical needs

The Service is held at Bundoora and Broadmeadows campuses on Thursday afternoons, alternating between campuses. Broadmeadows Clinic is staffed by a Rehabilitation Physician and Registrar. Bundoora clinic is staffed by a Rehabilitation Physician only.

What can be provided?

Areas of expertise include management of bowel and bladder, spasticity, and pain issues, an approach to managing cognitive and behavioural changes following acquired brain injury also available. Our goals are to optimise a person’s function including mobility, self-care, and improve participation by returning to leisure activity, returning to work and driving.

 Inclusion criteria:

  • Clients post subacute inpatient admissions
  • External clients will be considered by treating consultant as to suitability for service
  • Clients attending the Northern Health Community Therapy Service requiring specialist rehabilitation medical input where no other specialist is actively involved

Exclusion criteria:

  • Where client is already linked into similar service or specialist.

 How to Refer:

Referral must be from GP or Consultant/Specialist. Referral must include:

  • Past medical history including Psychiatric history.
  • Current presenting issues
  • List of current medications.
  • Results of all relevant current pathology and radiology

For referrals or enquiries regarding this service please contact the Community Access Service team

Free Call:      1300 128 539

Fax:                9495 3510

Email:           CommunityAccesshelpdesk@nh.org.au

Alternative service options:

  • Post discharge  treating hospital, e.g. Austin, St Vincent’s
  • Current treating Specialist
  • Private Specialists (e.g. Bundoora Specialist Clinic)