Key messages

  • Ambulatory rehabilitation focuses on regaining or maintaining a person’s optimal function, allowing them to maximise their independence.
  • Ambulatory rehabilitation is available to people of all ages and may follow a hospital stay, or be accessed directly from the community.
  • The Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service caters specifically for children and adolescents.

Ambulatory rehabilitation provides community rehabilitation services that are time-limited and delivered according to a care plan that is based on goals negotiated with a person and their carer(s).

Eligibility for ambulatory rehabilitation

Ambulatory rehabilitation works with people who have a physical disability, are frail, chronically ill or recovering from traumatic injury or illness. The aim is to help them regain and/or maintain optimal function, and maximise their independence.

The service is available to people of all ages. It may follow a hospital stay or hospital day attendance. Also, a person may access ambulatory rehabilitation directly from the community.

Where ambulatory rehabilitation takes place

Ambulatory rehabilitation can be delivered in a person’s home or at an ambulatory care centre.

The Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service

The Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service caters for children and adolescents who, as a result of injury, medical/surgical intervention, or functional impairment, will benefit from a program of developmentally appropriate, time-limited, goal-focused multidisciplinary rehabilitation.