The St Vincent's Rehabilitation department comprises of a 24 bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, a Day Therapy Rehabilitation Unit and a Hydrotherapy pool. We provide a comprehensive range of individual inpatient and day therapy programs. These programs are evidence based and best clinical practice.

Your rehabilitation journey starts with an assessment performed by our multidisciplinary team member and this information will be used to set you up with an individual program to meet your needs.

Our vision is to help you to achieve your goals and get you back to doing the things you enjoy. We do this through a thorough individualized assessment, and provide you with the education and physical rehabilitation program you need.

We discuss your plan, your progress and your discharge with you throughout your rehabilitation journey.

Our health care professionals are here to help you.

  • specialist rehabilitation physicians
  • nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • dieticians
  • allied health assistants
  • social workers
  • psychologists
  • pharmacists

Meet the team: Tai Chi led by Physio, Daniel


Inpatient Rehabilitation

You may need to be admitted into St Vincent’s Private rehabilitation unit to help to achieve your rehabilitation goals. Inpatient rehabilitation provides you with a short period of overnight accommodation, meals and access to the rehabilitation multidisciplinary team including 24 hour nursing care if required.


Physiotherapy sessions

Physiotherapists will perform an assessment to establish your physical needs.

We run individual and group sessions with physiotherapists. Our physiotherapists work with you to achieve your maximum physical ability after your surgery or illness. Your program may include hydrotherapy.

Occupational therapy sessions

Our occupational therapists work with patients to promote independence and safety when carrying out the daily activities in their lives. They may help you to be confident to manage tasks such as bathing and dressing after an illness or surgery, and provide advice and equipment as required.

Occupational therapists may look at your home set up and help you to minimise risk before returning home, providing advice and home visits if needed.


Discharge planning

Your discharge plan is established as soon as possible to help you and the team to have time to arrange what you may need when you leave the hospital.  Early planning and communication with the team, you and your loved ones means that we can work together to help you make any necessary arrangements.  Medical, nursing and the allied health team will be involved in the process, and a social worker is available on request.

Visiting hours

  • Every day 2-8 pm. We ask that visitors do not attend when patients are in therapy.


  • Referrals can be arranged by your doctor. If approval for your care is given by your health fund, you will be transferred to our rehabilitation unit.

Contact us

Inpatient Rehabilitation enquiries and referrals

Tel: 03 9928 6966

Fax: 03 9928 6744

Our location

Level 5
St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne
159 Grey Street East Melbourne

What to bring:

  • comfortable clothing
  • supportive fitting shoes (no thongs or scuffs)
  • swimwear (if hydrotherapy is required)
  • night clothes, dressing gown and slippers
  • toiletries, brush, comb
  • all current medication (no dosettes)
  • X-rays requested by your doctor
  • health cards and private health fund details
  • medicare card
  • pension card
  • mobility aids such as crutches or splints

Day Therapy Services

Our Day therapy Rehabilitation Program is a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program aimed to assist patients in managing a range of orthopaedic, cardiac, oncology and general reconditioning issues following a surgical procedure, trauma or as a result of deconditioning following a stay in hospital.


Our day therapy service offers an evidence based multidisciplinary program to help you achieve your goals. Each program is designed to provide individualised exercise therapy and practical ways to help improve and manage your condition and maximise the potential for recovery.

Treatments will include strength and conditioning programs, exercises for range of motion, cardiovascular rehabilitation, hydrotherapy and functional retraining including return-to-work advice.


We cater for orthopedic, reconditioning, neurological, oncology and cardiac conditions. Please click on the links below for more information on our clinical programs:

Eligibility for Day Therapy Rehabilitation Services



Most private health insurances cover the full cost of the program. We will complete a health fund check and notify you of any cost involved prior to commencement of the program.

Parking is available at no cost to all patients attending the program.

Contact us

For general enquiries please contact: 9928 6077

For referrers

Download our referral form

Please fax referrals to: 9928 6888

Please email referrals to:


St Vincent’s Private Hospital Day Therapy
St Francis Building
Ground Floor. 166 Gipps St East Melbourne VIC 3002
Phone: 9928 6077
Hours: Monday- Friday 9am - 4:30pm

Aquatic Programs

We offer hydrotherapy in a safe, relaxing, intimate warm water pool environment set at 33-34 degrees Celsius.

Exercising in water allows you to strengthen, mobilise or rehabilitate in a low impact supportive environment.


Our physiotherapists

Your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment and provide an aquatic exercise program based on your individual needs. A medical clearance from your surgeon or GP may be required before you can commence the program.

Exercising in water is ideal for managing:

  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • neck pain
  • shoulder pain
  • knee pain
  • hip pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • pre and post surgery
  • stiffness
  • reduced cardiovascular fitness
  • return to sport after injury

Small group sessions are offered in the hydrotherapy pool.

Download our hydrotherapy brochure for more information.



Our Physiotherapists are here to complete a comprehensive assessment and help you manage your condition.

They use a range of techniques including manual therapy, tailored therapeutic exercise programs and self-management strategies to help you get back to doing what you love as soon as possible.

Aquatic therapy may be offered if suitable for your condition.

Our physiotherapists specialise in the following conditions:

  • arthritis
  • back and neck pain
  • pre and post surgery
  • fractures and trauma
  • cancer
  • falls, mobility and balance
  • general musculoskeletal pain

Group Physio Exercise:

  • Our Group Physio Exercise Sessions include a range of gym based individually tailored exercises which can help reduce pain and improve strength, flexibility, quality of movement, balance and posture.
  • All participants are assessed by a physiotherapist who prescribes and closely monitors an individualised exercise program that targets their goals and changing needs.



Tai Chi Lead by Physio, Daniel:


Occupational Therapy

OT_box_AMQOur occupational therapists work with patients to promote independence and safety when carrying out the daily activities in their lives.

They work on getting you back to doing the things you enjoy such as returning to travelling, gardening and driving, without compromising any restrictions you have because of your recent surgery or illness.

They will help you to learn pacing techniques, ways to make tasks easier and give you ideas and advice on how you can modify your activities so you can continue to participate in the things you enjoy.