The Southport Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Reconditioning Rehabilitation Program

About the program:

The Reconditioning Program specialises in the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered an acute episode of illness or undergone a surgical procedure with subsequent deterioration in functional status. These patients are generally elderly and require specialised care tailored to their individual needs that would not normally be able to be met in other rehabilitation programs. Under guidance of a Rehabilitation Consultant and an interdisciplinary team, the Reconditioning Program offers the patient treatment aimed at restoring mobility and fitness to assist them to return to and maintain their previous lifestyle.

Who is the program for?

The Program is suitable for persons who have deterioration in functional status following:

  • Recent surgery
  • Prolonged or extended medical interventions e.g. ICU admission
  • Infection
  • Drug toxicity
  • Post cardio-pulmonary episode
  • Exacerbation of chronic conditions resulting in functional deterioration

Program content:

The Program aims to restore mobility and fitness to ensure the optimum level of independence.

Your program is managed by a team of health professionals:

  • Rehabilitation Physician
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Dietitian
  • Social Worker

The team meets regularly to monitor your progress and review your goals. You are an important member of the team and will be encouraged to participate in all aspects of your program.

Medical services

Your rehabilitation program is directed by a Rehabilitation Physician. He/she has the responsibility of monitoring and evaluating your medical and rehabilitation care. They will liaise with your referring doctor, General Practitioner and other specialists to ensure proper continuity of medical care. Medical services will be provided by a medical registrar on a day to day basis.


You will be assessed and your treatment will be based on this assessment. Your program will be aimed at:

  • Restoring mobility and fitness
  • Regaining optimum levels of independence
  • Prescription of an ongoing exercise program
  • Assessment and supply of mobility aids and equipment

Occupational therapy

Your Occupational Therapy program will assist you to regain your former level of independence and quality of life. Your program may include assessment and training in:

  • Personal care activities
  • Functional movement
  • Household tasks
  • Home safety assessment
  • Prescription of aids to help you maintain your independence

Nursing staff

Your nurses will encourage and assist you to achieve your optimal level of independence. They provide 24 hour care and supervision and will help you with your daily ward activities. They will encourage independence whilst maintaining safety. They will monitor your general health and continually liaise with your therapists to ensure continuity of your rehabilitation care. Your nurses are always available to answer questions about your rehabilitation program, your medical care or other health concerns.

If you require further rehabilitation treatment you may be referred to a day rehabilitation program.

When is it held:

Group and individual therapy sessions involving both the Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapists will be available Monday – Friday. Additional assessments and other therapies are provided on an individual basis. Outside of structured therapy, patients will be provided with supervised exercises and Activities of Daily Living activities directed by the rehabilitation team. Patients will also be encouraged with self-initiated exercises where appropriate.