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Nicholson Rehabilitation Unit

If you’ve had an injury, surgery or a serious illness, rehabilitation will provide you with the strength and skills to reach your highest level of function.

The Nicholson Rehabilitation Unit links inpatient and outpatient allied health services to provide you with coordinated care through the stages of recovery.

Our Allied Health facility supporting the Nicholson Unit features a hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium and therapy rooms, outdoor area with various walking surfaces and a separate community rehabilitation centre for outpatient programs.

People admitted to the unit will stay in either a single or double room with ensuite facilities.

A detailed assessment will be undertaken when you arrive and a treatment plan including a therapy program developed. You and your family or carer will be involved in the development of the plan and setting goals for your rehabilitation.

You will have access to specialist rehabilitation physicians and nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, speech pathologists, social workers and a prosthetist.

When you have achieved your rehabilitation goals, you will be discharged.

Ongoing therapy will be arranged as will support services to assist you at home if required.


Rehabilitation services

Programs in the Nicholson Unit feature the most up to date techniques in rehabilitation practice.

These include:

  • a coordinated team approach that encompasses all aspects of your wellbeing
  • individual, goal orientated programs that aim to deliver the best outcomes for you
  • coordination of care after hospital discharge to help you make a smooth transition back to your community
  • the involvement of you and your family or carer in decision making
  • a pleasant environment that provides you with individual care and attention.

 The Nicholson Unit provides inpatient, day and outpatient programs in the areas of general and specialist rehabilitation, home-based and centre-based rehabilitation.


The Rehabilitation Team

Nicholson Unit programs are run by a number of different health professionals including:

  • a specialist rehabilitation physician
  • rehabilitation nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • social workers
  • dieticians
  • speech pathologists
  • prosthetist/orthotist.



The Nicholson Unit has access to our purpose-built Allied Health facility which includes:

  • hydrotherapy pool
  • independent living unit
  • outdoor area with a range of walking surfaces
  • raised garden beds
  • recreation areas
  • central courtyard
  • community rehabilitation centre


Path to recovery

Planning for discharge begins soon as you are admitted to the Nicholson Unit.

A detailed assessment is undertaken and a treatment plan developed.

As part of this plan, a therapy program and goals for rehabilitation are established. This is done in consultation with you and your family or carers.

A weekly review is conducted to assess progress and the suitability of the program to your needs.

When rehabilitation goals are achieved, you will be discharged home or when necessary, to suitable accommodation.

Ongoing therapy or community services may be arranged to provide support in the home.

A home or workplace assessment may also be arranged before discharge to ensure the environment is suitable and safe.


Specialised programs

The Nicholson Unit offers a number of specialised programs for people who have experienced:

  • stroke
  • amputation
  • acquired brain injury
  • neurological conditions
  • musculo-skeletal conditions
  • major surgery
  • serious or chronic medical problems

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