The VPRS is comprised of a statewide management team, two inpatient services at the Royal Childrens Hospital and Monash Health and eight ambulatory services at Ballarat Health Services, Barwon Health, Bendigo Health Care Group, Eastern Health, Goulburn Valley Health, Latrobe Health Service, Monash Health and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

VPRS is an interdisciplinary team of health professionals who are committed to assisting children to improve their functional abilities and achieve their maximum potential through specialised inpatient or ambulatory services, clinics and programs.

Services

Services differ at all of our sites so please contact your local Regional Coordinator for details about where these services are offered and where your closest service is.

  • Acquired brain injury services and clinics
  • Physical rehabilitation services and clinics
  • Spinal cord injury and disease services and clinics
  • Chronic fatigue service and clinic
  • Tone management clinics
  • Combined orthopaedic and rehabilitation clinics
  • Combined rehabilitation and plastics clinics

Programs

All VPRS programs are offered at both an inpatient and an ambulatory level at the two tertiary sites;The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s, while other programs are offered at all of our ambulatory sites.

  • Intensive rehabilitation
  • Transitional programs to home and community
  • Reconditioning programs
  • Interdisciplinary assessments and rehabilitation planning for future surgeries or treatments
  • Assessment clinics that can provide advice on treatment and intervention.
  • Consultation and advise
  • Community integration including home, school and facility visits in conjunction with local professionals
  • Group programs in areas such as mobility, social skills, sports and recreation and school transition
  • Teaching and research programs.

Inpatient

Consultation-Liaison

This service is offered to other Departments and wards across both RCH and MH to provide advice and assistance in determining which children and young people may benefit from a rehabilitation program. Some may require only brief assessment without follow-up, while others will have a rehabilitation plan devised according to their functional needs. The rehabilitation team and other clinicians then determine with the family/carers what is the most suitable way of providing rehabilitation, either as an inpatient, day patient, or through community-based services, and what VPRS services is the most appropriate to provide that service.

Direct Inpatient Care

Some children and young people need further time in hospital after acute care to focus on developing functional skills such as sitting and/or walking, communicating and self care, before they can return home. VPRS has two sites that provide inpatient services; The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital.

On admission to VPRS-RCH the main rehabilitation inpatient area is the Kelpie ward on Level 1 North, however patients can be located on other wards and still be under the rehabilitation team. On Admission to VPRS-MH patients will be located on level 4 in either 41 or 42 North.

Once the child and their family have been admitted they will meet with the rehabilitation team to devise an appropriate program which usually includes a structured weekly timetable of therapy sessions to meet functional goals for their child. Family-team meetings are held regularly to ensure that there is a clear communication process and to help the family gradually prepare for home.

The team consists of

  • Ward-based nurses
  • Doctors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech pathologists
  • Psychologists
  • Educational advisors
  • Social workers
  • Play and music therapists
  • Dietetics
  • Nurse co-ordinators

Ongoing communication is maintained with the referring medical or surgical team. Early in the inpatient admission, assessment and planning takes place for other services which the family may require after going home, such as attendant care, home- or local-based therapy, and a return-to-school plan. Most patients will be followed up in the rehabilitation service that is closest to their home, to review their progress and plan further services and programs as required. Often a paediatrician will also follow-up with the patient and family.

Day Rehab

Day rehabilitation programs are developed for children and young people who do not require overnight hospital care and who can safely be cared for at home, but require a high intensity of rehabilitation services, to ensure they meet their rehab goals.

Children and young people may benefit from day rehabilitation services delivered in a variety of settings including:

  • Home
  • School
  • Childcare
  • Local community
  • Hospital
  • Community health centre

The rehabilitation program involves a timetable of therapy appointments on specified day(s) of each week.  Where possible, day rehabilitation services are co-located and children and families work with several rehabilitation professionals on each day.  The location of services and the intensity of the program depend upon the rehabilitation goals, anticipated rate of change and availability of services.

Day rehabilitation may involve shared-care between services in the local community and the Paediatric Rehabilitation Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital.  Regular meetings are held with the rehabilitation team, families, schools and community agencies to communicate rehabilitation needs and progress.  Goals are regularly reviewed and the rehabilitation plan updated accordingly.

Ambulatory Services

Ambulatory rehab programs are also developed for children and young people who do not require overnight hospital care and who are being cared for at home, but require rehabilitation services to ensure they meet their rehabilitation goals. These services may be in the form of an interdisciplinary clinic or therapy.

Location of Services

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VPRS-Ballarat

Region
Grampians
Contact
(03) 5320 3700
Fax
(03) 5320 3800
Location
Ballarat Health Services
Queen Elizabeth Centre
102 Ascot St South
Ballarat 3350
Team
Paediatrician, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Neuropsychology, Prosthetics & Orthotics
Services/Programs
Intensive ambulatory rehab, Community Integration
Reconditioning Programs, Interdisciplinary Rehab Clinic, Tone Management Clinics
Paediatrician
Dr Fiona Noble
Regional Coordinator
Bianca Worboyes
Referrals
Please contact the Regional Coordinator on 5320 4071 to discuss referrals

VPRS-Barwon

Region
Barwon South West
Contact
(03) 4215 5314
Fax
(03) 4215 6376
Location
Barwon Health
McKellar Centre
45-95 Ballarat Road
North Geelong, 3215
Team
Paediatrician, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Neuropsychology
Services/Programs
Intensive ambulatory rehab, Community Integration
Reconditioning Programs, Interdisciplinary Rehab Clinic, Tone Management Clinics
Paediatrician
Dr Mike Forrester
Regional Coordinator
Therese Clark
Referrals
Referrals can be made by doctors, specialists, health professionals and family members.  Please provide all relevant contact details for the client, date of birth, diagnosis, summary of reason for referral, rehabilitation goals and current situation. Referrals should be forwarded to
Information and Access,
Barwon Health,
PO Box 281 Geelong 3220
Fax:  03 4215 7795

VPRS-Bendigo

Region
Loddon Malle
Contact
(03) 5454 8489
Fax
(03) 5454 9113
Location
Bendigo Health
John Lindell
Mercy Street
Bendigo, 3550
Team
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Neuropsychology
Services/Programs
Intensive ambulatory rehab, Community Integration
Reconditioning Programs, Interdisciplinary Rehab Clinic, Tone Management Clinics, Group Programs
Regional Coordinator
Sue Tupper
Paediatrician
Dr Reece Parry
Referrals
Please contact the Regional Coordinator on 5454 6001 to discuss referrals

VPRS- Eastern

Region
Eastern Metropolitan
Contact
(03) 9764 6229
Fax
(03) 9764 6330
Location
Angliss Hospital
Community Rehabilitation Centre
Albert Street
Ferntree Gully, 3156
Team
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Neuropsychology
Services/Programs
Intensive ambulatory rehab, Community Integration
Reconditioning Programs, Interdisciplinary Rehab Clinic, Tone Management Clinics, Group Programs
Regional Coordinator
Renata Winkler
Paediatrician
Dr Christine Olesch
Referrals
Please contact the Regional Coordinator on 9764 6444 to discuss referrals

VPRS- Goulburn Valley

Region
Hume
Contact
(03) 5832 2322
Fax
(03) 5821 1648
Location
Goulburn Valley Health
Shepparton Hospital
Graham Street
Shepparton, 3630
Team
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Neuropsychology, Paediatric Rehabilitation Specialist
Services/Programs
Intensive ambulatory rehab, Community Integration
Reconditioning Programs, Interdisciplinary Rehab Clinic, Tone Management Clinics, Group Programs
Regional Coordinator
Hilary Sellars
Paediatric Rehabilitation Specialist
Dr Monika Hasnat and Dr Adam Scheinberg
Referrals
Please contact the Regional Coordinator on 5832 3762 to discuss referrals

VPRS-Latrobe

Region
Gippsland
Contact
(03) 5173 8383
Fax
(03) 5173 8386
Location
Latrobe Regional Hospital
Princes Highway
Traralgon West, 3844
Team
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Rehab Specialist, Paediatrician
Services/Programs
 VPRS-Latrobe offers Home-based, school/education-based and centre-based services as determined by VPRS staff to best meet the needs of the client’s. Clients may receive individual or group therapy.
Regional Coordinator
Suzy Young
Rehabilitation Specialist
Dr Barry Rawicki
Referrals
Please complete the VPRS referral form or provide a detailed letter with the client/parents personal details, medical history and reason for referral.Please send via post or fax (details above) to the attention of:  VPRS Regional Coordinator

VPRS-Monash

Region
Southern Metropolitan
Contact
(03) 8572 3054
Fax
 (03) 9594 6136
Location
Monash Children’s Hospital
Monash Health
248 Clayton Road
Clayton, 3168
Team
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Rehab Specialist, Paediatrician, neurologist, dietitian, podiatrist, neuropsychologist, clinical psychologist, teacher, music therapist, play therapist, allied health assistant
Services/Programs
Intensive inpatient programs located in the new Monash Children’s Hospital.
Ambulatory programs
Interdisciplinary clinics: Physical Rehab Clinic, Medical clinics, Tone Management Clinics, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome clinic, Combined Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation clinic, Acquired Brain Injury clinic, Toe Walking Assessment Clinic
Group Programs; running group, Disability Sports and Recreation group, bike group, gym group, strength and balance groups,  Chronic fatigue Syndrome group program, Signpost – a behaviour management group.
Gait lab
Regional Coordinator
Fiona Wilkinson
Medical Specialists
Dr Barry Rawicki, Dr Sabine Hennel, Dr Christine Olesch, Dr Michael Fahey
Inpatient Referrals
Referrals can be made to the Paediatric Rehabilitation Registrar on pg. 4487 or to the Regional Coordinator on on pager 3622 via switchboard on 9594 6666.
Alternatively the Consultant on Call can be contacted via switchboard.
Ambulatory Referrals
We request that referrals are made by a doctor.  On referral, please provide information about family contact details, child’s diagnosis and previous investigations, team of health professionals involved (such as doctors and therapists), and the purpose of referral / goals of treatment.
Please call our Regional Coordinator if you have any questions on 8572 3763

VPRS-RCH

Region
North/Western Metropolitan
Contact
(03) 9345 5873
Fax
(03) 9345 4380
Location
The Royal Children’s Hospital
50 Flemington Road
Parkville, 3052
Team
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Paediatric Rehab Specialist, Paediatrician, neurologist, neuropsychologist, clinical psychologist, teacher, music therapist, play therapist, allied health assistant
Services/Program
Inpatient programs
Ambulatory programs
Interdisciplinary clinics: Physical Rehab Clinic, Medical clinics, Tone Management Clinics, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome clinic, Combined Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation clinic, Aquired Brain Injury clinic. Combined Rehab and Plastics Clinic.
Group Programs;Tennis group, Disability Sports and Recreation group, bike group, gym groups, strength and balance groups,  upper Limb groups, Chronic fatigue Syndrome group program, Signpost – a behaviour management group, transport group, school readiness groups,Aquatic therapy.
Regional Coordinators
Ambulatory Stream Leader – Elise Colgrave
Inpatient Stream Leader – Adrienne Fosang
Medical Specialists
Dr Adam Scheinberg, Dr Neil Wimalasundera, Dr Kevin Dunne, Dr Jayasri Srinivasan, Dr Monika Hasnat, Dr Olivia Lee
Inpatient Referrals
Referrals can be made to the Rehabilitation Registrar on pg. 9444
If calling from outside the hospital, please call switchboard on 9345 5522 and ask for the registrar or nurse coordinator to be paged.
Referrals will be discussed by the senior clinical team to determine suitability for admission or to provide consultative input.
Ambulatory Referrals
We request that referrals are made by a doctor.  On referral, please provide information about family contact details, child’s diagnosis and previous investigations, team of health professionals involved (such as doctors and therapists), and the purpose of referral / goals of treatment.
Please call our Stream Leaders, Elise Colgrave or Adrienne Fosang if you have any questions on 9345 5873.