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28 Sept 2017

New San Rehabilitation unit opens

Getting people back to their normal lives faster and easier is the aim of the San’s new $4 million San Rehabilitation Unit according to Clinical Director and Rehabilitation Physician Dr Shari Parker.

San patients can be transferred to the unit for rehabilitation after hip, knee and other joint replacement surgery, spinal surgery, and reconditioning. Surgeons will be able to continue to easily monitor their patients.

"With technological and medical advances and consistently good surgical outcomes, our patients can usually be restored to their normal lives when they have access to the right rehabilitation in the right place and at the right time" says Dr Parker, a Rehabilitation Physician for ten years.

"That is where San Rehabilitation comes in."

A highlight of the new unit is the implementation of the PRIME program: Personalised Rehabilitation Individually Monitored and Evaluated.

This features prehabilitation helping San patients optimise functional recovery after a procedure.

"We call it ‘wrap-around’ rehabilitation" says Dr Parker.

"The PRIME program starts with prehabilitation well before the patient has surgery and actually gets the patient, their family and home, ready for surgery and includes education, exercise and coaching in the lead up to surgery."

International research shows that people who do prehabilitation before joint replacement surgery have better and faster outcomes.

"We want people to achieve their personal best, whatever that means for them. A program that provides specialist assessment of an individual’s needs will help do this.

Until now there has been little consideration given to prehab before orthopaedic surgery in Australia.

The San’s PRIME program really is pioneering."

The 48 bed on site unit allows patients to transition easily from surgery to rehabilitation without the need to transfer to another facility.

The purpose built unit provides access to rehabilitation doctors and nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, physiologists, social workers, physiotherapy gymnasium, hydrotherapy centre, and areas designed for patients to practice daily activities they will face at home.

"Having this unit on site completes the San circle of care for our patients" says San General Manager Brett Goods.

"Having screening, diagnostic, medical and surgical treatments, and now rehabilitation, in one location means our patients leave us really ready to go home. We planned it recognising that our community is living, working and playing longer… They don’t want lack of agility stopping them getting back to their tennis, golf or grandkids.

San Rehabilitation has been designed to help us help them get back to their personal best."


Direct queries about the PRIME program or your eligibility to San Rehabilitation on 9480 3580 or visit

Like to help the San Foundation to help the hospital? Ring 9487 9405 or email

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