Therapy programs

Rehabilitation at the University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) occurs in a variety of settings with a wide range of people. We expect you to attend all planned treatment and therapy sessions and continue your independent program and task practice outside of therapy sessions.

Rehabilitation at the University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) occurs in a variety of settings with a wide range of people. We expect you to attend all planned treatment and therapy sessions and continue your independent program and task practice outside of therapy sessions.

You are placed under the care of a rehabilitation specialist and multidisciplinary team of therapists on admission to UCH. This team works together with you and your support people to help you achieve your goals.

Your rehabilitation therapists may invite your support people to some therapy sessions to see how your treatment is working and learn how to help you when you leave hospital. Your support people may also be asked to attend meetings, complete paperwork and assist with your care.

The type and frequency of therapy programs you participate in are determined by your individual needs. Please see the information below on programs you may require.

Rehabilitation Care Coordination

Rehabilitation Care Coordination help you understand and participate in your rehabilitation program. It provides you with information about your progress and gives you an opportunity to have any questions about your discharge answered by a registered nurse or allied health professional.

Nursing rehabilitation

Nursing rehabilitation involves 24-hour care, education, assistance and management of a wide variety of health issues. Our primary aim is to help you learn how to manage everyday activities and functions to help you leave hospital.

Our nurses assess your needs, plan and deliver care and respect your cultural and religious beliefs. They also manage your medications and help with your mobility to prevent you from having a fall.

The Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) is the nurse manager of each unit or ward. They are available to address any concerns you may have.


Physiotherapy helps you work towards your physical goals, including getting in and out of bed, getting up from a chair, standing and walking.

Your physiotherapist develops a program of activities and exercises that aim to improve your strength, coordination, balance, muscle stretch, sensation or feeling and cardiovascular fitness.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps you maximise your independence and safety in everyday activities, including personal care, domestic and home skills and leisure time.

Your Occupational Therapist (OT) may also assess and work with you to improve your concentration, memory, problem solving and planning and organisation.

Your OT may also visit your home before you are discharged to assess and provide advice on home modifications and any equipment you may need to improve safety, access and independence in your home and the community.

Speech Pathology

Speech Pathology provides treatment for various communication and swallowing difficulties from injury and illness, including slurred speech, problems with reading and writing and voice quality.

Social work

Social work helps you and your support people start your rehabilitation and discharge planning. Your social worker can help you with different services and support, including:

  • assessment for services and supports after discharge
  • information on practical issues
  • counselling for the demands of your condition, adjustment and future planning
  • information, referral and education about community services, groups and activities

Your social worker can also provide advocacy while you are in hospital or within the healthcare system to help resolve any issues. They may also attend your goal setting and family meetings.

Please speak to staff if you would like to meet with a social worker while in our care.  

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and emotional problems and help you manage psychological changes as a result of your illness or injury. This may include anxiety and panic attacks, phobia, depression and chronic pain.

Clinical psychology assessments and interventions help with your rehabilitation, treatment planning goal setting and improve your mental health and day-to-day functioning through non-drug techniques, strategies and therapies.


Neuropsychology provides assessment and recommendations for people who experience thinking difficulties from a head injury, stroke or chronic neurological condition. These problems may include difficulty concentrating, or remembering new things.

Your neuropsychologist can help you and your family understand your current thinking skills and how they might impact on daily tasks (e.g. cooking, taking medications, returning to/continuing work, driving, and hobbies). As well as discuss ways to use your strengths and learn how to reduce the impact of your difficulties on everyday tasks.


Counselling provides support for people who are adjusting to changes in life from an illness or injury. This service can be accessed as an inpatient at UCH or as an outpatient when you return home.


Nutrition therapy helps assess and monitor your nutritional status to help your recovery and rehabilitation. Your dietician can help you understand your nutritional requirements and educate you on the most appropriate diet for your health and wellbeing when you leave hospital.

Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology helps you by using exercise to help your general fitness and health, or to treat a specific medical condition.

Page last updated on: 23 Oct 2018