Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

This program aims to give you the very best of care and treatment following Orthopaedic Surgery, injury or disease.

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
  • Social Worker
  • Diversional Therapist

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, provide wound management, 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.

Occupational Therapy

Your Occupational Therapist will help you practise everyday activities such as personal care activities, household tasks and work simplification techniques.He/she will also assist you in the use of aids to maintain independence.Your Occupational Therapist may visit your home prior to your discharge.


Your physiotherapist will help you to improve the strength and movement of your injured limb, your balance and your mobility. This involves a combination of individual exercises, gym work and hydrotherapy. A ward exercise program will also be designed for you so you can continue to work and progress at any time.


Some of the benefits of hydrotherapy include:

  • Muscle pain / Muscle spasm reduction
  • Swelling and inflammation reduction
  • Stress on the body released
  • Improved circulation & metabolism
  • Greater flexability and movement
  • Greater muscle strength
  • Fitness and endurance
  • Greater coordination and relaxation
  • Improved posture and balance


Once you have been assessed by our rehabilitation specialist and therapists, an individual programme is designed to suite 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 admin@mhsdelmar.com.au