- For patients and visitors
- What to expect
This video of our hospital will give you an idea of what you might expect during your stay with us.
Due to state safety restrictions, information on this page may be subject to change. Please see our COVID-19 information for the latest details and how you may be affected.
What is rehabilitation?
The main aim of rehabilitation after surgery, illness or injury is to help you:
- return to activities important to you
- improve your mobility, safety and confidence
- assist you to be as independent as possible
- learn new ways to do your daily activities
- move safely around your home and community.
Before you are admitted to our hospital, you will be assessed by one of our rehabilitation assessment nurses who will work with you to establish your individual rehabilitation goals.
Rehabilitation can be a challenging time which affects you physically and emotionally as you commence your journey towards recovery. We will be there to support and encourage you throughout this journey.
Our rehabilitation team
You are the most important person in the rehabilitation team. You can decide what goals you work towards and you can discuss your progress at any time with your doctors, nurses and therapists.
Your care may be provided by one or more of the following:
- rehabilitation physicians
- occupational therapists
- allied health assistants
- speech pathologists
- pastoral carer.
What to bring
- Private health insurance card
- Medicare card
- Department of Veterans Affairs card (if applicable)
- Pension card
- Any current medication
- Day time comfortable clothes
- Swim wear (for hydrotherapy pool)
- Flat, non-slip shoes
- Night wear
- Money (we advise that you do not bring large amounts of cash to hospital, a small amount for purchase at our on-site kiosk) Any walking aids you use
What not to bring
You are encouraged not to bring valuables to hospital. In exceptional cases, your admission clerk will receive valuables for safekeeping. A receipt will be issued, and must be produced to collect these items. Collection of valuables is only available during normal business hours. The hospital does not accept any responsibility for loss of property, money or other valuables.
Interpreters can be arranged as required.
Discharge planning starts from day one as we work with you and your family or carer to plan your discharge home. This may include ongoing rehabilitation within the community or our outpatient services.
Your discharge planning will include discussions with doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social worker about:
- your transport arrangements
- ongoing medication and medical care
- assistance with meals, cleaning and other home services
- home modifications or provision of equipment/aides if necessary
- accommodation options
- ongoing care to be provided by your general practitioner (GP)
- outpatient appointments.
Please speak to your caregivers if you have any questions about your discharge requirements.
Doctors wishing to refer a patient to our hospital should fill out our referral form. Please visit our medical professionals page for more information.
Telehealth offers the ability to access care from the home, work or other private space without the need for a face-to-face appointment.
St John of God Health Care uses both phone and video call to connect you to your healthcare providers.