Royal Rehab Private hospital

Our Specialists

Meet our specialists

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Our specialist nurses and allied health professionals

At Royal Rehab Private Hospital, we bring together a multidisciplinary team of nurses and allied health professionals to deliver holistic quality care. Our skilled and compassionate team are dedicated to your wellbeing and supporting you to achieve your rehabilitation goals. Working collaboratively with patients and their families, our team ensures a positive, results-oriented experience. Our care aims to prevent further disability, maintain your present abilities and restore lost abilities, as far as possible.

Our nurses will assist and encourage you to achieve your optimum level of independence. They provide 24-hour care and supervision for inpatients and will help you with all tasks and activities on the ward as required. They also liaise with our other therapists to maintain continuity in your rehabilitation and care and will be able to answer any questions you may have about your health and treatment.

Physiotherapy is a critical part of your rehabilitation and will help you recover more quickly from your injury or assist you to better manage your long-term illness. Our physiotherapists use a variety of techniques, such as exercise, muscle training, massage and physical strategies to assist you in your recovery.

Our physios are very experienced in treating the connection between brain, muscles and nerves, and helping you re-learn movements, so you can be physically as functional and effective as possible.

Using our onsite facilities, including the gym and hydrotherapy pool, our physiotherapists will begin with goals such as sitting, walking and balance. Ultimately, they aim to improve musculoskeletal wellbeing, reduce your risk of future injuries, give you greater mobility and flexibility, and manage and prevent ongoing pain.

Our occupational therapists will assist you to maximise functional independence in everyday tasks. Some of these tasks may include; personal care, getting out of the house and transportation, preparing food, sleep and rest, general health and wellness, cognition, memory and planning, fine motor skills, productivity and returning to work. We also have recreational therapists who will assist you to get back to the things you love or alternatively try new recreation or leisure pursuits.

Our therapists will be able to recommend any equipment, modifications to your environment or memory strategies to make everyday tasks easier and improve your independence.

Your injury or illness may affect your ability to communicate or swallow. Our skilled speech pathologists can help with issues such as: difficulty understanding or expressing thoughts using language or difficulty with reading & writing (aphasia), difficulty with pronunciation, pitch, volume, speed and coordination of speech (dysarthria), difficulty coordinating the voice, lips and tongue (apraxia), cognitive-communication difficulties and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing food or liquids).

Our speech pathologists can assess your individual situation and deliver personalised, practical treatments, programs, exercises and groups to help you maximise your ability to communicate or swallow.  Our speech pathologists work with you alongside your family, friends or work colleagues.

Your diet, nutritional intake and liquid intake can all be affected by your condition in a number of ways. If you have difficulty swallowing food or liquid safely for example, this can present problems maintaining adequate nutritional intake and hydration, leading to weight loss, fatigue, dehydration and muscle wasting. The extent of your physical activity will affect how much energy your body needs to maintain optimum health and ongoing lack of movement can lead to unhealthy weight gain.

Our dietician can assist you with any dietary or nutritional issues you may have, and work closely with you and the other therapists to modify your diet, optimise your nutritional intake and help ensure your weight remains at a healthy level.

Exercise physiologists provide an important component of allied health services. They are experts in the science of exercise so they can help you improve your general health and well-being. If rehabilitation is not completed early following major trauma, illness or surgery, it can lead to a lack of fitness, strength, endurance and poor general health.  This is called ‘deconditioning’ and can increase the incidence of falls, reduce mobility and increase your dependence on others.

Our exercise physiologists will create a personalised exercise program for you to keep you as fit, strong and healthy as possible as you pursue your other rehabilitation goals.

Illness or injury that permanently affects your life can be difficult to deal with emotionally. Anger, grief, hopelessness, difficulty concentrating, sleeplessness, difficulty managing pain and self-esteem issues area all common concerns. Many of our clients go through periods of anxiety or depression at some point and almost everyone needs to take some time to adjust to their new situation.

Our psychologists are very experienced in helping people deal with their feelings about their condition and can assist you to work towards acceptance and feeling positive about your life again. They can also help you better understand your injury or illness and help you regain a sense of control over your life. If you feel like you are struggling to cope emotionally with your condition, please let us know as soon as possible.

Social work provides support to you and your family as you adjust to the challenges which arise following injury, illness and disability. A social worker will work with you to identify your needs using a motivational approach to help you adjust and identify your ‘new normal’. Our team will assist with your transition back into your community or engagement in relevant supports for the first time. Below are some of the specific areas in which our social workers may be able to provide support:

  • Support, counselling and advice for you and your unpaid carers
  • Practical advice and advocacy related to benefits, entitlements and finances
  • Psychosocial assessment of impacts of illness or disability on your life
  • Assistance with navigating funding and support systems including the NDIS
  • Adjustment support and counselling related to life changes
  • Assessment and support to access services in your community
  • Psychosexual counselling to support a person’s sexual needs and function

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