About Us

Our Vision, History and People

Royal Rehab is Australia’s leading provider of rehabilitation and disability services.


Highly regarded for our specialist expertise in brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, Royal Rehab is also renowned for supported accommodation services, our private hospital and community services delivering holistic quality care.

Born from the compassion of one remarkable woman over 120 years ago, Royal Rehab continues to enrich the lives of the people it serves.

Our skilled multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals support people to achieve as much independence and quality of life as possible. This includes assisting people to adjust to changed abilities, relearn skills and gain new ones, and reintegrate into their homes and the community.

Royal Rehab started a journey in 1899 to empower people to reach their potential. By working together, we are recognised for our expertise, innovation and research. Our pursuits are diverse and bold as we influence the rehabilitation and disability landscapes.

We recognise everyone’s circumstances are different, and independence comes in many forms. Each person’s individual goals mean everything to us as we work together to discover what is possible.

We warmly welcome you to discover more about Royal Rehab.

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Our joint patrons

We are proud to have The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales and Mr Dennis Wilson as Royal Rehab’s Joint Patrons. This appointment extends a long tradition of Governors as patrons of our facility.

The first Patron of Royal Rehab was Governor Sir Harry Rawson whom in 1901 took a keen interest in the work of our Founder, Susan Schardt. Sir Harry Rawson generously donated his home, Weemala, at Ryde for half its value of 7000 pounds and our outstanding facility remains at this location today.

Royal Rehab is…



We deliver via a team of professionals who are leaders in their fields. We have a remarkably long history with a wealth of experience. We are dependable and reliable.



Our services and facilities are outstanding. We strive to deliver the highest standard of care and excellence in everything we do. We are committed to education and research to drive innovative advancements that benefit the people we serve.



We understand people are individuals. We respect the right of the individual to set their own goals. We appreciate everyone’s circumstances are different. Our services enrich lives by providing personalised support.



We are warm, welcoming and positive while being professional in everything we do.

Our People

The Royal Rehab Leadership Team provides a solid foundation of expertise which supports our people to achieve great things.
We employ a team of health professionals from a range of disciplines and corporate staff who are our greatest assets.

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Our History

We would like to acknowledge the Wallumedegal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of this land and pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.

Royal Rehab evolved from humble beginnings in 1899 with a compassionate and pioneering woman Susan Schardt. At just 27 years of age, Susan, who was blind from birth, helped a man with disabilities who was destined to be homeless by finding him accommodation and care. Throughout the decades that followed over 61,000 people have turned to Royal Rehab – Australia’s leading provider of rehabilitation and disability support services.

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