The Amputee Rehabilitation team provides specialist rehabilitation for adults who have experienced an amputation. Our interdisciplinary team of medical and allied health professionals work with people to deliver goal-focused and time-limited rehabilitation. This service is available to people who are prosthetic or non-prosthetic users.
Rehabilitation appointments are provided within the Community Rehabilitation Centre (McKellar Centre, North Geelong) and can also be provided at the client’s home or in the local community.
The Community Rehabilitation Centre has a purpose built gym, access to specialist rehabilitation equipment and customised clinical treatment spaces. A hydrotherapy pool is also available on site and clients can access the pool as part of their physiotherapy with the Amputee Team
Client appointments can be individual or within a group and are based around the person’s goals for recovery and rehabilitation. The Amputee Team commonly supports people to:
- manage day to day tasks at home
- adjust to the changes in their life
- return to study or work
- return to sport, hobbies and social activities
- return to driving
The amputee team is made up of allied health and medical professionals from the following backgrounds: rehabilitation medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, recreation therapy, social work, clinical psychology, dietetics and podiatry. All team members have experience working with people after amputation. Clients may work with one or more health professional depending on their needs and goals for recovery.
The amputee team is co-located with Barwon Prosthetics and Orthotics and has a strong links with prosthetists and orthotists from the service, working together to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.
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:
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)
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
For further information
To find out more please contact the Amputee Care Coordinator on 4215 5301.