Musculoskeketal Rehabilitation

The Program is designed to help you if you are suffering from a rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, or other conditions of the bone/joint/muscle system. It also aims to enhance your quality of life and improve your ability to function day to day.

The Team

Your rehabilitation program is directed by a Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine and assisted by experienced and highly qualified nursing staff and allied health professionals. The team may include:

  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Dietitian
  • Social Worker

Nursing Staff

Your nurses will encourage and assist you to achieve your optimum level of independence. They provide care and supervision and will help you with your daily ward activities, educate you on protecting the affected area and monitor your general health. Your nurses continually liaise with your therapists to ensure continuity of your rehabilitation program. They are always available to assist you with questions about your program, your medical care or other health concerns.


Your physiotherapy program will include exercises and gentle gym work to help improve your:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Mobility
  • Endurance

You will be shown how to exercise safely and correctly to ensure that the best outcome is achieved.


Hydrotherapy is an important part of your program. The warm water supports your body and allows you to exercise more easily. It is also great for reducing pain.

Occupational Therapy

Your Occupational Therapist will assist you in regaining your former level of independence and help you return to your normal daily routine. You will practise showering and dressing techniques, home activities and work simplification techniques. Your therapist will also assist you with the prescription of aids to help maintain your independence. Assessment Once you have been assessed by our rehabilitation specialist and therapists, an individual programme is designed to suit your needs.

Progress Reports

Weekly team meetings are part of the programme. At these meetings that progress reports and future goals are discussed.

Family Involvement

Where appropriate, your family and carers are invited to attend a family conference to ensure an easy return to a home environment. There are no set visiting hours at Delmar. However, it is important that your family has a general idea of your daily schedule so as to cause the least possible disruption to your program.
Continuing Care
Your Family Doctor or Specialist is invited to continue playing a part in your care during the time you are in hospital in conjunction with our Rehabilitation Consultant.


You will be discharged when you reach your potential or no longer require nursing care and are able to care for yourself. If you require care at home, such as Meals on Wheels or Community Nursing this will be arranged prior to your discharge. If you require further rehabilitation treatment you will be referred to one of our day programs. For further information about rehabilitation at Delmar, phone 9982 7655 or email