Vision and mission

Since 2010, the Unit has operated as a medical research precinct, supporting doctors and allied health professionals in higher level degrees, research projects and clinical trial collaborations. The Unit aims to provide insight on best practice in rehabilitation management through the conduction of innovative clinical research.

Key activities

The EMReM unit focuses on the investigation of outcomes following injuries requiring rehabilitation (such as traumatic brain injury, stroke or orthopaedic injury).

Research areas include:

  • Assessing the impact of tailored treatment for concussion in a designated Epworth clinic
  • Measuring the nature of sleep of patients in the acute stages following brain injury
  • Monitoring the long-term outcomes of patients post head injury and stroke

The Unit’s clinical projects aim to translate evidence-based findings into our rehabilitation practice.

Epworth’s Olfactory Impairment Clinic was the first rehabilitation facility within Australia to offer this type of specialised, diagnostic clinic and was developed as the result of a recently completed PhD project by Dr Melanie Drummond, which found a much higher incidence of loss of sense of smell after brain injury than previously reported.

Key partnerships

  • Epworth HealthCare and Monash University

The Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine is supported by the Victor Smorgon Trust in association with Epworth HealthCare and Monash University.

Research initiatives have also been undertaken with:

  • La Trobe University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Sunshine Coast


EMReM’s multidisciplinary team consists of:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Rehabilitation Physicians
  • Rehabilitation Registrars
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Fellows
  • Senior Research Associates
  • Speech Therapists

Active projects

The EMReM Team is involved in several research projects including:

  • Clinical research studies
  • Clinical trials
  • PhD projects


Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit
Suite 2.4, 32 Erin St
Richmond 3121
Phone: (03) 9426 8771


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