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In order for a patient to be considered for admission to
inpatient rehabilitation, a written referral must be made to the Rehabilitation
Consultant via the Rehabilitation Registrar. For RCH teams this should be done through the EMR. For
external hospitals please contact the rehabilitation registrar on phone 93459300.
The referral can be completed either by
junior or senior medical staff of another unit, allied health staff or senior
ward nursing staff however must have the approval of the patient's Medical or
Surgical Consultant. When patients are having elective surgery for a
pre-existing condition, a rehabilitation referral should be made
pre-operatively via EMR to our ambulatory clinics.
An initial assessment will then be made by Rehabilitation
staff within 24 hours of
receipt of referral, which may include interdisciplinary assessment, before a
decision is made on accepting the patient for admission. This assessment
will include pre-morbid functional capacity, extent of functional decline, rate
of recovery and current child and family goals. The domains of functional
assessment include communication, cognition, behaviour, mobility and transfers,
continence, self-care, feeding and fine motor skills. A priority will be given
to the referral, and if an admission to inpatient rehabilitation is required,
an approximate date for admission will be given.
We request that the referrals
are made by a doctor. On referral please
provide information about family contact details, the child’s diagnosis and
previous investigations, a team of health professionals involved (such as doctors
and therapists) and the purpose of the referrals/goals of treatment.
Please call our stream leaders
Melissa Hughes, Ivan Spoljaric or Tanya Harle if you have any questions on
The Fax number for referrals is
Chronic Fatigue Referrals: Referrals to Chronic Fatigue
participants (aged 12-17) are initially assessed by a CFS doctor in the
Adolescent Medicine or General Medicine clinics before referral to the CFS
program. Referrals to the CFS doctors can be directed to the RCH Specialist
Clinics referral system (outpatients) , telephone 9345 6180
Please see the following link for internal referrals https://www.rch.org.au/policy/policies/Referral_to_the_Victorian_Paediatric_Rehabilitation_Service/#ambulatory
Referrals for ambulatory services outside of RCH can also be made to VPRS regional coordinators. Please see the
VPRS statewide service website for further information on rehabilitation closer to home.
Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Services are also available at: