Physical Rehabilitation Program
Novita’s Physical Rehabilitation Program specialises in therapy services for children and young people at times when an intensive therapy program is required to achieve their goals. This may be associated with certain medical and surgical interventions.
This therapy can assist children with movement disorders of their arms and/or legs, or difficulties with swallowing and mealtime management.
The Physical Rehabilitation Program manages the Medical Specialist Clinics, which are a joint initiative between Novita Children’s Services and the Rehabilitation Department at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.
They are attended by doctors from the hospital and therapists from Novita, and are held at all of our Novita office locations.
The clinics involve a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist, who discuss with families their goals for their child, and undertake individualised assessments. They assist in empowering families to make the decisions around what interventions may aid the therapy in order to achieve these goals. Aids to achieving goals for the child can include:
- serial casting
- orthotic management
- BoNT-A (Botulinum Toxin Type A) treatment
- orthopaedic surgery
Novita specialises in coordinated services, that are outcome-focused, evidence-based, culturally sensitive and most importantly, based around the needs of children, their families and the wider community. The team can assist in the following ways:
- support in the transition from hospital to home
- support in the transition back to school
- specialist medical clinics
- aquatic therapy
This multidisciplinary team is made up of:
- occupational therapists
- speech pathologists
- allied health assistants
- medical rehabilitation specialists
They work closely with staff from hospitals and other service providers to ensure children and their families receive the best possible support.
Purchase the Home guide to therapy: post-Botox arm activities resource
A resource has been developed to provide families and clinicians with a greater capacity to plan and implement interventions following Botox injections to the arm and hand. It contains a wide range of activity ideas that can be embedded into daily life. Activities are arranged into categories according to targeted Upper Limb movement and activity types.
You can obtain further information about Novita’s Physical Rehabilitation Program by calling 1300 NOVITA (1300 668 482) or visit our Contact Us page for more ways to get in touch.
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The Paediatric Rehabilitation Department, part of the Child, Youth and Women’s Health Service (CYWHS), provides intensive rehabilitation for children/adolescents with an acquired reduction in function due to trauma, illness or medical procedures. This intensive rehabilitation service is available as an inpatient or outpatient, with referral back to community services as soon as it is appropriate.