The St Vincent's Rehabilitation Unit focus is on helping you regain your independence. Located at East Melbourne, we provide a comprehensive range of individual inpatient and outpatient programs.

Your rehabilitation starts with an assessment. With information about your condition our rehabilitation team sets your individual program and a plan for returning home as soon as you are ready. We discuss your plan, your progress and your discharge with you.

Your rehabilitation team comprises you and your family, and our health care professionals, including:

  • specialist rehabilitation physicians
  • nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • dieticians
  • allied health assistants
  • social workers (on request).

Therapy sessions

We run individual and group sessions with a physiotherapist and occupational therapist that you may attend, depending on your condition. Our therapy facilities include a gymnasium, kitchen, and hydrotherapy pool.


Our physiotherapists work with you to achieve your maximum physical ability after your surgery or treatment. Exercise sessions are held 6 days a week and include a hydrotherapy program.

Occupational therapy

Our occupational therapists work with patients to promote independence and safety when carrying out the daily activities in their lives. They help you to manage your own bathing and dressing, with equipment and home visits.

Breakfast group

These sessions are part of our plan to help patients become independent. Participants prepare their own breakfast with the support of Allied Health staff.

Out patient sessions

You may need additional rehabilitation after a hospital stay. Our out patient service includes education, home exercises, functional activities and return-to-work training. We cater for orthopedic, reconditioning and cardiac conditions. You require a referral from your doctor for these services.

Discharge planning

Your discharge planning starts with a visit our rehab assessment officer. Your discharge plan documents what you need when you leave hospital, and helps us to make the necessary arrangements. A doctor, occupational therapist and physiotherapist will be involved in the process, and a social worker is available on request. Find out more about discharge.

Home visit

Before you are discharged from our unit, we may organise a home visit so that an occupational therapist can observe how you can complete everyday tasks at home. The therapists will then be able to arrange for equipment to be installed that may assist you. It is likely that you will need to pay for any equipment or rails that are required in your house.


Referrals can be arranged by your doctor. One of our rehabilitation assessors will visit you after your operation/acute phase, to assess your suitability for rehabilitation, and decide which program is best for you. If approval for your care is given by your health fund, you will be transferred to our ward.

What to bring

  • comfortable clothing
  • supportive fitting shoes (no thongs or scuffs)
  • swimwear (for hydrotherapy)
  • 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 aides such as walking aids or splints.

Visiting hours

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

Contact us

Enquiries and referrals

Tel: 03 9928 6966

Fax: 03 9928 6744

Our location

Level 3
St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne
159 Grey Street East Melbourne