Outpatient rehabilitation

Outpatient rehabilitation occurs when you visit a hospital or rehabilitation service for treatment without having to stay overnight, or when you receive care in your home after being in hospital following an injury, illness or surgery.

Person sitting on a chair in a rehabilitation gymnasium undergoing an exercise holding a baton shaped instrument in each hand

We provide a range of outpatient rehabilitation services, allowing you to access specialist support at hospital and then recover in the comfort of your home and community.

Reasons why rehabilitation is offered for outpatients

Rehabilitation may continue outside the hospital to continue or improve your health and wellbeing for a variety of conditions including:

  • cardiac
  • oncology
  • falls and balance
  • general reconditioning
  • orthopaedic care
  • neurological events or disease
  • pain management
  • spinal surgery or injury
  • amputee rehabilitation.

Our outpatient services benefits

  • May help you maintain your health after injury, illness or surgery, either in your home, or through day programs.
  • Follow a personalised health care plan that may include a mix of health care services such as physiotherapy, exercise therapy, occupational therapy and hydrotherapy.
  • Allow you to stay in your own home while building strength and mobility.

Day Therapy Unit at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital

Publicly funded outpatient rehabilitation is provided in our Day Therapy Unit. This purpose built unit provides rehabilitation and reconditioning to patients over 65 years of age who live in the East Metropolitan Area.

The unit delivers a comprehensive range of outpatient services by a multidisciplinary healthcare team including specialist geriatricians, nurses and allied health professionals.

Specialist clinics

Our physiotherapists are specifically trained in continence and pelvic health physiotherapy.

They are able to assess and treat bladder and bowel issues, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, osteoporosis, pre and post gynaecological and prostatectomy surgery. This clinic is available for men and women aged over 65 years and above living in the East Metropolitan area.

People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent who are affected by an age related disease or process are also welcome regardless of age.
Assessment and treatment to facilitate rehabilitation in the aged population. Aimed to improve strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, range of motion and pain management. Physiotherapy assists older adults in maintaining their health, well-being, independence and functional ability.
Assessment and management, including setting of treatment goals, to improve the function of patients with complex multidimensional needs associated with ageing and related medical conditions. This includes patients with complex psychosocial problems.
This clinic is for people who have fallen, or are at risk of falling, to identify the cause and provide optimal treatment and/or therapy, so that they can stay safe in the community.
For early diagnosis, advice, therapeutic interventions, support and referrals for patients with cognitive difficulties causing confusion, memory loss or thinking problems. These services also provide support and advice to family and carers of those with cognitive difficulties. The service is provided by a multidisciplinary care team and aims to retain optimal functioning and activity.
A multidisciplinary approach for assessing and treating patients requiring assistance with movement disorder conditions and Parkinson’s disease.
Provision of advice and nutrition guidelines in relation to therapeutic diets for patients, including guidance on individual dietary requirements.
Assessment, treatment, review and ongoing management of patients with various speech, language and swallowing difficulties. Access to an in-house videofluoroscopy swallow service (VFSS) to determine baseline function and assess ongoing treatment effectiveness.  
Working with patients (including families and carers) for management of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Providing support for older adults who are experiencing a decline in memory and cognitive function and how to manage these from a psychological perspective.

Aims to improve patient functionality in the community while maintaining and promoting independence. Assists patients to develop, recover, improve and maintain the skills needed for activities of daily living. Helps patients to remain safe and independent with the use of home aids, equipment and assistive devices. Involves a memory group that runs intermittently throughout the year to assist with memory and/or prevent decline


Any medical professional can refer to the Day Therapy Unit including those at WA public hospitals and General Practitioners.
Patients must be over 65 years of age and reside in Perth’s East Metropolitan area.
Visit admissions and referrals for instructions and forms.