Hydrotherapy Centre

Our services

Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy treatment or exercise conducted in a heated pool. Hydrotherapy helps to improve or maintain physical well-being for many people. The buoyancy, turbulence and resistance of water create a special therapeutic environment not possible on land.

Who benefits from hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy assists people rehabilitate from or more effectively self-manage many conditions including:
Back and neck pain, and other chronic pain presentations
Improving fitness for surgery
Recovery from surgery
Neurological rehabilitation, including brain injury, stroke and Parkinson’s Disease

Note you do not need to be able to swim

How to access the service

A referral from a Health Professional like your GP is required to attend. Once we receive a referral, we will send you a letter with further details of our service; please ensure your mailing address is accurate on your referral. 

All new clients entering Hydrotherapy see a physiotherapist for a land-based assessment before going into the pool. This allows the physiotherapist to better understand your presentation and what you hope to achieve by attending the program. Medical conditions which may influence your ability to safely attend hydrotherapy are also considered. All sessions are by appointment.

Please note the Hydrotherapy pool will be closed from 25 February - 27 May to undergo a safety upgrade
Referrals previously made to the program will continue to be seen at the Community Rehabilitation Centre, McKellar Centre by clinicians associated with Hydrotherapy.

Clinic details

The Hydrotherapy Centre is located at the McKellar Centre, 45–95 Ballarat Road, North Geelong, 3215.

The centre is accessible from the main car park located just to the left of the McKellar Centre’s main reception.

Contact details

Phone: (03) 4215 5851
Hydrotherapy centre reception times vary. Please call between:

  • 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday or
  • 9am to 12 midday on Saturday (closed public holidays)

Refer a patient

A referral from a GP, health professional or agency is required. All referrals are triaged, and if not suitable for Hydrotherapy, will be forwarded to an appropriate agency.

When referring the client please consider:

  • Is the client ready and willing to attend a program for exercise in the water?
  • Has the client had physiotherapy for that complaint in the recent past?
  • Are health conditions stable?
  • Continence issues; uncontrolled bladder or bowel complaints are contraindications to the program.
  • When exercising in water, your body is subject to the effects of the exercise but also the pressure of the water. How the water pressure effects your body is important for referrers to consider. 

Please refer to the Physiology of Immersion Summary by Wendy Taverna (linked ot the right hand side of this page)
All referrals are received through a single point of entry
ReferralNet or email: [email protected]
Fax: (03) 4215 6376
Phone contact for referral queries is: 1300 715 673.

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  • Phone Number:

    (03) 4215 5851

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.