VPRS is committed to providing evidence-informed, best practice services for children and adolescents who have functional difficulties as a result of injury, illness or medical procedure. We work in conjunction with our research partners to improve participation and outcomes for children and adolescents through research, knowledge translation, and education.

The VPRS works in partnership with research groups within the Clinical Sciences theme of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, including Child Neuropsychology, Developmental Disability & Rehabilitation Research, Developmental Imaging, Emergency Research, Gait Lab & Orthopaedics, Paediatric Intensive Care, and Social & Mental Health Research. VPRS is involved in the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centres for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy and Towards Improving Outcomes after Traumatic Brain Injury, and leads a large research program in paediatric chronic fatigue syndrome. Other research partners include The Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Health and the RCH Education Institute. The collaboration between VPRS and the research teams allows research findings to be quickly put into practice. For further information about these research programs, please follow the embedded links or contact Dr Jill Rodda, our clinical research education officer (jill.rodda@mcri.edu.au).

 

The VPRS has a number of up-to-date, evidence-informed online education packages and resources for professionals working in paediatric rehabilitation. These packages cover a range of topics including care planning, goal setting, and interdisciplinary service provision in acquired brain injury and physical rehabilitation. We also run regular statewide education forums for our staff. Click on the Education tab for more information about the education we provide.