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Departments

Patient information

Community linking & leisure

Recreation is an important part of the rehabilitation process. The leisure worker is available to assist people who have a spinal cord injury to reintegrate back into their community, ensuring access to supportive social networks and to help broaden their knowledge of leisure options. There is an ongoing leisure program patients are welcome to participate in which includes art, meditation, relaxation, woodwork and regular outings.

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. The sexual counsellor is available throughout rehabilitation and following discharge.

Spinal Urology Service

The 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

The Upper Limb Program is a service of the Victorian Spinal Cord Service, which aims to maximise upper limb function in people with tetraplegia. The major focus of the program is reconstructive surgery, which, for the majority of clients, involves tendon transfer surgery.

Community Spinal Liaison Nurses

Community Spinal Liaison Nurses provide an outreach service to clients of the VSCS. They work with people living with SCI to assist with needs such as continence, equipment, attendant care, sexuality and fertility, skin care and wound assessment. CSLNs also liaise with local health care providers and with the VSCS rehabilitation team.

Consultation is available for up to 2 years after discharge from rehabilitation and may be by appointment in the home or by phone. Frequency of contact is based on individual requirements.

This service receives funding from the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

Spinal Outreach Service (SOS)


The SOS consists of a Nurse, Occupational Therapist and a Physiotherapist.

Its objectives are 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

Phone: 03 9496 5351

sporrt@austin.org.au

 

VCCS outpatient nurse

The VSCS Outpatient Nurse provides information & advice for people with spinal cord injuries, their family or health professionals and can make appointments for V.S.C.S outpatient clinics for issues related to spinal cord damage.

    Phone: 03 9496 5169
    Fax: 03 9496 5176

    anna.brown@austin.org.au

VCSC 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:
    • Metropolitan
    • Regional Victoria
      • Albury
      • Ballarat
      • Bendigo
      • Bairnsdale
      • Geelong
      • Mildura
      • Shepparton
      • Traralgon
      • Wangaratta
      • Warrnambool

Other clinics include:

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

For appointments ring the VSCS Clinic on 03 9496 5169.