Transforming rehabilitation services in South Australia


Three expert working groups including clinicians and consumers from across the state have recommended a range of changes to the way rehabilitation services are delivered to ensure you receive the best care, first time, every time.

The changes mean:

  • rehabilitation services will be integrated into major hospitals so that you can begin rehabilitation sooner and get home quicker
  • a new statewide referral process will ensure you are directed to the most appropriate rehabilitation setting in a timely manner
  • processes, principles and standards will be standardised to ensure you receive consistent quality care, regardless of where you live
  • rehabilitation services will be increased, including home rehabilitation, day rehabilitation and tele-rehabilitation
  • a Recovery Unit will be established to accommodate people aged under 65 years who do not require intensive inpatient rehabilitation but are not suitable for ambulatory care.

The recommendations have been endorsed by the Ministerial Clinical Advisory Group and the Transforming Health Implementation Committee. An implementation working group will be established to undertake detailed implementation planning and lead implementation in the Local Health Networks.

To find out more about the changes, view the Consumer Guide (109KB) or watch the videos below.

Transforming rehabilitation services in South Australia

Patient experiences – Carol’s story

Carol suffered a fractured arm and a brain bleed after being kicked by a horse at her property in Kangarilla. As part of her recovery, she accessed rehabilitation at home via tele-rehabilitation. Expanding tele-rehabilitation services will mean more people like Carol will have access to rehabilitation in their own homes.

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