Rehabilitation Service

The Paediatric Rehabilitation Service provides a specialist tertiary level rehabilitation service for children and adolescents who have functional limitations as a result of injury or illness, to ensure they return to active participation in their home and the community. The service works collaboratively with the National Child Rehabilitation Service at the Wilson Centre to provide a range of rehabilitation services to children and adolescents living throughout New Zealand.

Who we are
The Paediatric Rehabilitation Service are a team of highly skilled professionals who work within an interdisciplinary model of care based around the child or adolescent's stage of rehabilitation, needs and goals. Team members include paediatrician, nurse specialist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech language therapist, clinical neuropsychologist and psychiatrist.


Referral Expectations

Referrals to the Paediatric Rehabilitation Service are accepted for children and adolescents living throughout New Zealand up to 15 years of age. Paediatricians, Medical and Surgical Specialists and ACC can refer to the service.

Rehabilitation services are provided for patients with the following conditions:

  • Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury and disease
  • Acquired neurological injury or illness e.g. Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy and other similar conditions

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

Advisory Service

Specialist advice is provided to health professionals, current patients and their families, usually by telephone or email.

Inreach Service

Patients are consulted or managed in a shared care arrangement in the acute inpatient setting in Starship Hospital. Early rehabilitation is provided by a interdisciplinary team, including ongoing review and advice as required.

Community Inpatient Service

The Community Inpatient service is delivered primarily by the National Child Rehabilitation Service based at the Wilson Centre. We work collaboratively to provide a rehabilitation programme that supports children and adolescents transitioning back to their community.

Reassessment Service

Reassessment services comprise non-inpatient services in the form of day stay, outpatient and outreach services. Paediatric Rehabilitation clinics are generally held at the Wilson Centre.

Specialised Rehabilitation Programme

Specialist review of spasticity and movement disorders management including Botulinum toxin clinics.

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