Physiotherapy is provided for all patients in the inpatient rehabilitation unit and is available to people over 60 years of age living in the eastern suburbs who require rehabilitation for movement problems.

The physiotherapists aim to assist patients to achieve their optimal functional ability and help them develop strategies to continue to manage their condition. Physiotherapists are able to provide assistance for a wide range of conditions and treat a variety of underlying problems including; weakness, joint or muscle pain, stiffness, and decreased endurance. Programmes developed by physiotherapists are usually exercise-based and include recommendations for additional practice with a relative or friend where feasible.

Outpatient referrals
A doctor's letter of referral or a letter from a physiotherapist at a referring hospital is required to register.

Referrals can be made by doctors, health professionals, ACAT, relatives, family members and even people themselves who meet the criteria by ringing the Northern Network Access Referral Centre (NNARC) on 9369 0400

Outpatient Exercise Groups

The physiotherapy department runs  a number of exercise programs for outpatients and candidates are screened for suitability.

(1) “Move and Stay Well”
 This class is a “circuit” style class and includes a series of weight bearing exercises aiming to improve leg strength, balance and general conditioning. It is for people who have movement problems (including people with early to mid stage Parkinson’s Disease) and are unable to attend community based exercise programs.

 Group sessions run twice weekly for between 8-10 sessions per patient.

Participants need to be able to;

  • participate in a group exercise class and follow instructions
  • stand up from a chair independently with or without use of hands
  • walk 10 metres with or without a walking aid or the assistance of 1 person. (participants must bring their own assistant if required)
  • bear at least half their body weight on each leg
  • be committed  to completing the program

(2) “Tai Chi” 
These  classes are  aimed at  improving balance and exercise endurance  with a view to participants progressing to attending a community based program..

Group sessions run twice weekly for 8-10 sessions per patient.
Participants need to be able to:

  • walk unaided or with minimal use of 1 walking stick
  • be committed to completing the program

(3)  Aquatic Physiotherapy (Hydrotherapy)
Aquatic physiotherapy (or hydrotherapy) is available on site. The treating physiotherapist determines the suitability of referrals. A small fee is charged for outpatients’ use of the pool as the pool has been privately funded by Uniting Care.
Group sessions run twice weekly for 8 sessions per patient.

(4)  Aquatic Physiotherapy (Hydrotherapy) for People with Parkinson's Disease:
These sessions are for people with early to mid stages Parkinson's disease. The aim is to improve posture, gait and well-being. We are currently evaluating the effectiveness of this program in a research project (randomised controlled trial). Ethical approval has been granted by the northern sector of the South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service Ethics Committee. We welcome interested participants.

Private Aquatic Physiotherapy (Hydrotherapy)
There are also private physiotherapists who use the War Memorial Hospital hydrotherapy pool. These practitioners have their own fee schedule.
Contact the Outpatient Intake Officer on 9369 0217 for their details.

Walking Aids and Equipment
Walking sticks can be sold on site to patients of the service.

Advice about suitable walking aids can be provided for patients of the service. Walking aids may be hired from the Equipment Lending Pool on site or purchased outside the hospital. Information about where to purchase aids can be provided by the treating physiotherapist. For current hiring costs contact the ELP officer on 9369 0321.