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Reconditioning program

Day programs
Matilda Nepean gymnasium

Regain strength and condition following illness or surgery on a personalised reconditioning day program

Different circumstances and medical illnesses can result in what’s known as “deconditioning”, or a decline in physical independence. Staying physically active can help improve and maintain independence, and enhance your quality of life.

Our reconditioning day program is designed to strengthen muscles, maintain balance and improve overall physical function to improve your ability to return independently to your normal activities of daily living.

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Who the reconditioning program is for

Our day reconditioning program – which is offered on a sessional basis on set days and times a week – is suitable for individuals:

  • who are recovering from an acute medical illness or surgery
  • have had an exacerbation of a chronic illness
  • experiencing an acute exacerbation of inflammatory arthritis with concurrent disability

Enquire about our reconditioning day program

Talk to your treating doctor about a referral to Matilda Nepean for our reconditioning day program, or contact us directly for more information. Rehabilitation day programs will be commencing in February 2023.

Access rehabilitation services as a day patient or an inpatient

Depending on an individual’s needs, rehabilitation programs can be accessed as an inpatient (where you stay at the hospital) or as a day patient. You can find out more about our in-hospital rehabilitation programs here.

Our wellness program enables you to continue your exercise program

Learn more about opportunities to continue your exercise regime at the end of your reconditioning program via our day wellness program, which is supervised independent exercise for one hour in either the gym or the hydrotherapy pool. Transport assistance is available if needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does day rehabilitation involve?
An initial consultation with a rehabilitation specialist will be scheduled prior to commencing to determine which program is most suitable for your needs. This is likely to include 2-3 sessions per week of between 1.5 – 2 hours duration. Your doctor will discuss which therapies are recommended to treat your condition and they will arrange follow-up consultations throughout your program
Do I need a referral to access a rehabilitation program?
A referral is required from your GP or specialist to access one of our programs. You will be assessed by our rehabilitation specialist once your referral has been processed.
How do I dress and what do I bring to a rehabilitation session?
  • comfortable clothes for exercise
  • suitable covered footwear
  • water bottle
  • towel and swimming costume for hydrotherapy
What are the fees and charges for day rehabilitation?
Most patients with private health cover will have a no-gap payment, which means your health fund will cover 100% of the program.

Our team will be able to assist and advise what payments will be made by your health fund, and if there are any out-of-pocket expenses. For example, some health funds charge an excess or co-payment if you have not had any other hospital admissions in the current year.

Other options for payment include self-funding, Department Veterans’ Affairs, Comprehensive Third Party and Work Cover.

Do you provide assistance with transport?
If you’re not able to organise your own transport, we may be able to provide transport to and from the hospital – depending on your location – for a small cost. Our administration team will be pleased to assist with any transport requirements.
What are the hours of operation for the rehabilitation program?
Our day rehabilitation programs operate Monday to Friday between 8.00am-4.00pm.

Our Doctors

Our doctors are highly experienced consultants in this specialised field of medicine.

Get in touch with our friendly team today