The Southport Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Neurological Rehabilitation Day Program

About the program:

The Southport Private hospital Neurological Rehabilitation Day Program is designed to meet the needs of the people with disabilities resulting from a neurological illness or injury. The team of medical professionals at Southport Private Hospital supports an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation, involving the patient, their family, team members and community support agencies.

Who is the program for?

This Program is suitable for people who have established neurological rehabilitation needs but do not need the support of inpatient medical or nursing care. These may include stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions.

Program content:

As a day patient your rehabilitation team will formulate a treatment plan for you based on your individual needs and from an assessment by a Rehabilitation Physician.

Your rehabilitation program may include the following services:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Social worker
  • Dietetics


The physiotherapy program will assist in facilitating your recovery and optimise your independence. The physiotherapist will assess and treat the following areas;

  • Bed mobility
  • Moving from lying to sitting to standing
  • Balance
  • Walking and using stairs
  • Reach, grasping, manipulating objects
  • Fitness
  • Prescription of mobility aids
  • Home exercise program

Occupational therapy

The Occupational Therapist plays a vital role in helping the patient maximise functional independence in all aspects of their daily life. All patients are reviewed by the Occupational Therapist and the following areas are assessed and retraining provided:

  • Personal care activities
  • Functional Movement
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Prescritption of aids to help maintain your independence
  • Driver education
  • Home management skills
  • Work related skills
  • Return to work
  • Leisure skills

Speech Pathology

If you have suffered communication, language or swallowing difficulties, a Speech Pathologist will be available to treat you. The Speech Pathologist treatment will focus around;

  • Establishing reliable means of communication
  • Speech clarity
  • Cognitive and memory training
  • Safe swallowing techniques and food modification

A Dietitian may review you to see if your nutritional needs are being met. They can assist in diet modification, help with weight loss or control and help with optimising functional activity.

A Social Worker meets patients and families, upon referral, to complete a assessment. They can advise on family, social or financial impacts and how to obtain assistance if necessary. The patient and family may be experiencing emotional problems as a result of their condition; the Social Worker is skilled in counselling and can assist in this area.

When is it held:

Day patients will attend the program according to their individual needs as determined by the Rehabilitation Consultant and treating team members, usually a minimum of 2 days a week for 3 hours. Group and individual therapy sessions involving the Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist will be available Monday to Friday. Each program is individually tailored to each patient. You may also be seen by a Speech Therapist, Dietitian and Social Worker. The program will run for a minimum of 4 weeks and dependent on individual goals and needs, may be extended.

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