Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre opens


Victoria's first purpose-built centre of excellence for brain injury rehabilitation has opened at Caulfield Hospital - heralding a new era of specialist care for patients with acquired brain injury.

Alfred Health's $36m Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Rehabilitation Centre expands an already developed sector of services for people living with acquired brain injury, and will see eligible patients leaving acute hospitals sooner to continue their treatment in a specialist setting, and commence rehabilitation early.

Alfred Health chief executive, A/Prof Andrew Way said the service will ensure Victorian patients are given every opportunity to return to independent lives, working in conjunction with their families and other providers.

"This centre is a significant achievement for Alfred Health, and for Caulfield Hospital," A/Prof Way said.  "It adds to the neurological rehabilitation services already operating on our site, and provides opportunity for patient groups who haven't accessed rehabilitation before. 

"It brings together rehabilitation, intensive care and neurological specialists, working with expert nursing and allied health staff.  Together, they will focus on rehabilitation over an extended period, in an environment absolutely designed for their patients' ongoing needs."

The centre features a 42-bed inpatient rehabilitation service, four-bed transitional living service, and an ABI community rehabilitation service.  It will provide advanced care and treatment for patients with moderate to severe brain injury resulting from traumatic accidents, illness or stroke.

"Alfred Health's ABI Rehabilitation Centre promises to be a landmark for the future of rehabilitation services across the country," A/Prof Way said.

The ABI Rehabilitation Centre has been jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Victorian Transport Accident Commission with the support of the Victorian Government through the Department of Health.

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