At the Mater we provide both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for our joint replacement patients. As an orthopaedic centre of excellence, it is considered that this will enhance the continuum of care. In supplying both acute and non-acute services in a one stop shop the Mater assists patients through their care path.
Treatment is coordinated and supervised by a Fellow of the Australian Facility of Rehabilitation Medicine or equivalent. Each appropriately qualified allied health professional is responsible for their specific domain of patient care; however some responsibilities may be shared using a multidisciplinary approach in order to meet the therapeutic needs of each patient.
Our multidisciplinary team aims to help patients regain independence and resume day-to-day tasks. A rehabilitation physician reviews and overviews individual patient progress, while the rehabilitation nursing staff provide advice on pain management, wound care and discussion on how to cope with daily activities.
Mater physiotherapists provide personalised instruction within small group physiotherapy and gym sessions, as well as hydrotherapy if required. Occupational therapy, social work and dietitian services are also available.
Out patient/day therapy
Due to the COVID-19 situation, all outpatient activities have been suspended for the safety of patients and staff. This service will recommence once NSW Health advise COVID-19 is no longer a threat to public health.
The Mater Day Therapy Centre provides patients with the option of an individual outpatient rehabilitation program. One of the key benefits of the centre is that it allows the patient to return to the comfort of their home, while participating in a comprehensive, individualised rehabilitation program with staff from the Mater.
Inpatient rehabilitation – JM Agnew Wing
The inpatient rehabilitation ward is located on level one. The ideal length of stay is seven days.
On assessment, patients are informed of their expected date of discharge from the JM Agnew Wing. During weekly meetings the team discusses patient progress and identifies any areas that may need further improvement prior to discharge. A staff member keeps patients informed of the outcome of these meetings and is available to answer any questions.
What to bring to rehabilitation
Patients should bring comfortable day clothes, as this enables them to exercise and allows us to address and overcome any dressing difficulties prior to discharge.
Patients spend a considerable time in the gym, although the physiotherapist may conduct rehabilitation sessions in patient rooms to ascertain whether the skills learnt in the gym are practical in daily activities on the ward. Patients may also be given an exercise program that they are able to initiate at other times during the day.
While a patient is on the ward, spare hours in their day provide an ideal opportunity to provide education on topics relating to their reason for admission, for example hip precautions and other topics that will potentially affect them such as falls prevention.
Daily education sessions are held at midday in the patient lounge. These sessions assist patients with their return home and resumption of daily life.
Visiting hours are from 10.00am until 8.00pm. However, we ask visitors to avoid visiting during established therapy times as rehabilitation sessions require a considerable amount of concentration.