Dr Parapuram obtained her undergraduate medical degree at the University of Wales, United Kingdom. She is a visiting medical officer at MetroRehab Hospital, Royal Rehab Private Hospital and Woolcock Neurosleep Clinic. Dr Parapuram has a special interest in rehabilitation for Parkinson’s disease and oncology rehabilitation.
Dr Parapuram is actively involved in teaching and is the trainee supervisor at MetroRehab Private Hospital and clinical tutor with University Sydney Medical School. She held honorary roles with the Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation including treasurer of the NSW Branch of the AFRM, exam convenor and a member of the Fellowship Clinical Exam Committee. She is currently a member of the Court of Examiners and Cancer Rehabilitation Special Interest Group within the faculty and Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of MetroRehab Hospital.
Dr Darren Lee is a rehabilitation medicine physician and visiting medical officer at Royal Rehab, a senior staff specialist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and at Balmain Hospital. He also admits to MetroRehab Hospital.
Dr Lee graduated with honours from the University of New South Wales, underwent extensive training with experts in the field of rehabilitation medicine and became a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is an accredited supervisor of advanced trainees in rehabilitation medicine and an accredited formal long case assessor for the AFRM. Dr Lee also sits on a number of medical advisory committees. Dr Lee’s clinical expertise and research interests include rehabilitation of neurological conditions with a particular interest in stroke, cancers of the nervous system, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
Dr Tram Bui undertook her medicine training at the University of Sydney and completed her Fellowship with Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, graduating in 2001 with the Basmajian Prize for best overall performance in her final exams. Dr Bui has a clinical background in geriatrics, general and brain injury rehabilitation.
Dr Bui was the director of training and a senior staff specialist at Bankstown Hospital prior to moving to Royal Rehab Private Hospital. During that time, Dr Bui gained expertise in geriatric and orthopaedic rehabilitation. Dr Bui works in the Brain Injury Community Rehabilitation Team and specialises in neurological rehabilitation.
Dr Grace Leong is a rehabilitation medicine physician with sub-specialty interests in spinal cord injury and neurological rehabilitation, with expertise in bladder, bowel, sexuality, fertility, spasticity and pain management. She completed her medical degree at the University of New South Wales with honours, and a rehabilitation specialty fellowship in 2006. After completing her postgraduate training, she was the lead author in research conducted at Royal North Shore Hospital, looking at developing reproducible assessments in spinal cord injury impairment and function.
Dr Leong currently works as a senior staff specialist in spinal cord injury with the state-wide Spinal Outreach Service and is also the deputy director of Medical Services. She is a clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney and is a visiting medical officer at Royal Rehab Private Hospital and at Mount Wilga Private Hospital.
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: