Leadership

  • Dr Michael Ponsford
  • Dr Barry Rawicki
  • Dr Brinda Thirugnanam
  • Dr Nathan Johns
  • Dr Premini Thanarajah
  • Dr Tom Hale
  • Dr Michael Vagg
  • Dr Kerry O'Meara
  • Dr Stephen de Graaff
  • Prof Paul Fitzgerald

Highlights

The Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit focuses on conducting innovative research on outcomes following injuries requiring rehabilitation. Led by Professor John Olver, research includes:

  • Measuring the nature of sleep of patients in the acute stages following traumatic brain injury
  • Monitoring the long-term outcomes of patients post stroke

EMReM also regularly audits primary indicators of rehabilitation outcome.

Our performance

Our performance

Length of stay in rehabilitation and functional independence are two outcome measures employed by Epworth Rehabilitation. These measures are compared to Australia-wide benchmarks provided by the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) which compare the performance of Epworth Rehabilitation against other private and public rehabilitation facilities. The graphs below display Epworth Rehabilitation’s length of stay and functional independence between 2018 – 2021 against the AROC benchmark for the following patient groups: - brain injury, stroke, re-conditioning, pain and multi-trauma orthopaedics.

Length of stay

Length of stay in rehabilitation and functional independence are two outcome measures employed by Epworth Rehabilitation. These measures are compared to Australia-wide benchmarks provided by the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) which compare the performance of Epworth Rehabilitation against other private and public rehabilitation facilities. The graphs below display Epworth Rehabilitation’s length of stay and functional independence between 2018 – 2021 against the AROC benchmark for the following patient groups: - brain injury, stroke, re-conditioning, pain and multi-trauma orthopaedics.

Brain injury

Functional Independence Measure (FIM)

The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is a standardized, commonly used tool which measures a patient's functional status (their ability to perform daily activities) during their inpatient admission. The FIM consists of 18 items and measures various physical and thinking functions such as: mobility, stair-climbing, self-care, eating, transfers, memory and social interaction. 

calculate the difference in the FIM scores which represents the improvement of activity in rehabilitation. FIM efficiency measures FIM gains divided by length of stay. The following graphs display that Epworth Rehabilitation is achieving higher FIM efficiency compared to the benchmark across the patient groups. 

Overall, these graphs suggests that Epworth HealthCare achieves earlier reintegration to patients’ lifestyle without compromising outcome. This allows patients to continue their recovery in the comfort of their own home where Epworth Rehabilitation may provide ongoing support and care, as needed.

Activity

FY 2021

 

 

Services

Admissions

Bed days

Pain management

1,212

7,033

Psychiatry

3,977

18,552

Rehabilitation

6,373

62,631

Condition treated

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Amputation and limb loss
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cardiac events
  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral tumour
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cognitive and memory issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Hypoxic brain damage
  • Insomnia
  • Joint replacement
  • Knee arthritis
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myopathy
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Neurogenic bowel
  • Narcolepsy
  • Paraplegia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Peripheral nerve problems
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post polio syndrome
  • Running injuries
  • Sleep disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal cord injuries and disorders
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Stroke
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic brain injury

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