Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service

What is the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service?

The Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS) is a specialist service that sees children and adolescents who would benefit from a period of rehabilitation. Therapists work with the young person and their family to deliver goal- focused, developmentally appropriate and time-limited, therapy programs.

Young people seen by the service may have an acquired brain injury (trauma, stroke, tumour), spinal injury, complex neurological condition or recent surgical/medical intervention. The VPRS also have a spasticity management program for young people with cerebral palsy.

VPRS can provide therapy in the home, school or community depending on what would be the most useful. Some of the things VPRS might assist with include:
• Returning to home, school, sport and hobbies
• Reconnecting with peers after hospitalisation
• Intensive rehabilitation post orthopaedic surgery
• Reconditioning programs post illness
• Assessment clinics for advice on treatment and intervention

The VPRS at Barwon Health is part of a state-wide program, with inpatient services at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Southern Health and eight ambulatory services at Ballarat Health Services, Barwon Health, Bendigo Health Care Group, Eastern Health, Goulburn Valley Health, Southern Health and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

What might I expect from the clinic?

At your first appointment you will meet with the two to three members of the VPRS team. We will talk to you about our service, answer any questions you have and find out what you would like to achieve by being part of our program (your goals).

Together we will develop a care plan which is a written document that outlines your goals and what actions we will take together to meet these goals. To develop the care plan we will ask questions about your current issues/concerns and also ask you how you would like things to improve or be different. A care plan is an agreement between our team and your family about how we will work together. At the end of this care planning session we will make appointments for you to see the appropriate members of the VPRS team. We will also make any referrals that are part of your care plan.

Who might you see at the clinic?

The VPRS clinical team is made up of health professionals from a range of disciplines including rehabilitation paediatrician, consultant paediatrician, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and speech pathology.

Accessing the service

This service can be accessed by a referral provided by your doctor or medical specialist to our Information and Access Service,

Email: [email protected]

Fax: (03) 4215 7795

Fees: $10 Fee per visit

Referral requirements:

The service is available to young people aged between 0-18 who:
• have had an acquired injury, medical/surgical intervention or a functional impairment
• have moderate complexity to high complexity rehabilitation needs and/or require a time limited and goal oriented program
• require an interdisciplinary team approach to achieve their rehabilitation goals.

To find out if VPRS is the right service for a child, contact the Regional Coordinator on ph. (03) 4215 5314.

  • Address:

    McKellar Centre

    Community Rehabilitation Centre

    45-95 Ballarat Road, North Geelong

  • Contact Hours:

    8.30am - 5pm

  • Car Parking:

    Free on-site visitor parking

  • Phone Number:

    (03) 4215 5314

  • Fax:

    (03) 4215 7795 (referrals)

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.