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Community Rehabilitation

Community rehabilitation is offered as part of Barwon Health’s Sub-acute Ambulatory Care Services (SACS). Our aim is to provide rehabilitation for people:

  • Following a recent event that has resulted in injury or hospitalisation
  • Who are recovering from illness
  • Who have had medical or surgical intervention
  • Long-COVID (post-COVID conditions)

Community rehabilitation is time-limited and all clients attending will have a rehabilitation goal.   

Barwon Health provides community rehabilitation from three centres:

Rehabilitation can be provided in a centre, in a client’s home or in the local community.

We work in teams made up of allied health, medical and nursing professionals from the following backgrounds: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, exercise physiology, recreation therapy, social work, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, nursing, dietetics, podiatry, rehabilitation medicine and geriatric medicine.  Clients may work with one or more health professionals depending on their needs and goals for recovery.

Our rehabilitation teams cover all areas of rehabilitation including:


Community rehabilitation is for people who are recovering from an accident, injury or illness or who have had medical or surgical intervention and have rehabilitation goals.

Community rehabilitation is time-limited and directed by goals that the person develops with their rehabilitation team.

Please note: Community rehabilitation does not provide assessment for the purpose of Disability Support Pension (DSP) or National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) applications.


There is no out of pocket cost for appointments. 

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and WorkSafe will cover the cost of rehabilitation for people with an approved claim.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may provide funding for appointments and equipment for people who are registered and have an approved plan.

How to refer

A general practitioner (GP), medical specialist or any health professional can make a referral. Referrals are received by our two services in Belmont and in North Geelong.  Clients will be offered the service closest to their home:

For people living closest to Belmont:

Email:               [email protected]

Fax:                  (03) 4215 6839

Post:                 Belmont Community Rehabilitation Centre

                         1-17 Reynolds Road, Belmont 3216

                         PO Box 281, Geelong VIC 3220

Electronic referral:  referralNET (Geelong region only)

Phone:              4215 7000

For people living closest to North Geelong:

Email:               [email protected]

Fax:                 (03) 4215 6376

Post:                McKellar Community Rehabilitation Centre

                         45-95 Ballarat Road, North Geelong 3215

                         PO Box 281, Geelong VIC 3220

Electronic referral: referralNET (Geelong region only).

Phone:              4215 5301

In your referral, please include a summary of the person’s medical diagnosis, current symptoms and issues, goals for rehabilitation and any relevant risks. 

All referrals are triaged and if not suitable for community rehabilitation, the referral may be forwarded on to a more appropriate service or feedback provided to the referrer.

Last Modified: Tuesday, 12 September 2023


Belmont Community Rehabilitation Centre

1-17 Reynolds Road, Belmont 3216

4215 7000

McKellar Community Rehabilitation Centre

45-95 Ballarat Road, North Geelong 3215

4215 5301 or 4215 5302

Sunrise Centre

GMHBA Stadium, Kardinia Park

4215 3830