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Rehabilitation medicine


Rehabilitation medicine involves assessing and treating patients who have had a loss of function due to certain life-changing illnesses and injuries. The objective is to reintegrate them back into their home, community, employment and leisure activities

The rehabilitation service deals with patients who have undergone limb amputations, as well as those with acute neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or other acquired brain injury. The optimal outcome of rehabilitation for patients of working age is re-entry to the workforce after the onset of an illness or injury

The purpose of an assessment by a specialist trained in rehabilitation medicine is to predict how a patient will recover and then direct them to the most appropriate rehabilitation services for their needs

The rehabilitation consultant works closely with colleagues in nursing, occupational therapy, dietetics, physiotherapy, and psychology