Oncologist Dr. Belinda Yeoh and a patient

Departments

Our services

Spinal outreach service

Our spinal outreach service consists of a team of nurses, occupational therapist and physiotherapist and aims to:

  • Reduce the risks of developing complications associated with SCI
  • Prevent an admission to Austin Health as a result of complications
  • Prevent emergency presentations to Austin Health as a result of complications
  • Increase planned admissions
  • Increase use of DTC reviews
  • Increase referrals to HITH & other treatment option
  • Better understand complication risk factors associated with SCI
  • Build a better understanding in the community of SCI and ongoing management

Spinal urology service

Our spinal urology nurse consultant provides nursing expertise in the management of a neurogenic bladder and coordinates this service.

Services include:

  • Provision of information and education to health professionals, clients and families
  • Evaluation and assessment of continence aids
  • Coordination of Surgical Spinal Urology Elective Waiting List.

This service is hospital based and operates on a part time basis. Clients and Health professionals may contact the Spinal Urology Nurse Consultant for information and/or appointment.

 

Upper limb program

Our upper limb program aims to maximise upper limb function in people with tetraplegia (quadriplegia) with a major focus on reconstructive surgery.

Sexual health counselling

The sexual health counsellor is available to patients and/or partners and offers the opportunity to ask questions and receive emotional and psychological support regarding concerns about body image, sexuality, relationships and sexual functioning.

The service is non-judgemental and strictly confidential and the counsellor is available throughout rehabilitation and following discharge.

Community linking and leisure

Recreation is an important part of the rehabilitation process. Our leisure worker is available to assist people who have a spinal cord injury to integrate back into their community, ensuring access to supportive social networks and to help broaden their knowledge of what leisure options are available to them.

There is an ongoing leisure program patients are welcome to participate in which includes art, meditation, relaxation, woodwork and regular outings.

Community spinal liaison nurses

Our community spinal liaison nurses provide an outreach service to clients of the Victorian Spinal Service.

They work with people living with a spinal cord injury to assist with needs such as continence, equipment, attendant care, sexuality, fertility, skin care and wound assessment. They also liaise with local health care providers and with the rehabilitation team.

Consultation is available for up to two years after discharge from rehabilitation, and can be made by appointment in the home or by phone. 

Victorian Spinal Cord Service (VSCS) outpatient nurse

Our outpatient nurse provides information and advice for people with spinal cord injuries, their family or health professionals, and can make appointments for outpaitent clinics for issues related to spinal cord damage.

 

Victorian Spinal Cord Service (VSCS) outpatient clinic

Appointments can be made by patients of the VSCS for a variety of clinics:

  • Discharge Review Clinics - for follow up after discharge from an inpatient admission.
  • Annual Review Clinics provided by our multi disciplinary team.

Other clinics include:

  • Shoulder Clinic
  • Posture Pressure & Seating Clinic
  • Continence Clinic
  • Spasm
  • Pain
  • Sexuality
  • Fertility