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Cardiac rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to educate, recondition and improve functional confidence with increased endurance for patients following cardiac pathology, or surgery.

We offer inpatient (Phase I) and outpatient (Phase II) comprehensive rehabilitation services.

Once at The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre, patients are medically stable and actively able to participate in their own recovery.

The cardiac rehabilitation team, comprising of Rehabilitation Physicians, specialised nursing staff and allied health professionals, develop a tailored cardiac management plan tailored to your needs.

These goals often include:

  • Maximising physical, psychological, and social recovery
  • Minimising the progression of coronary artery disease
  • Reducing risk factors and adopting a healthier lifestyle
  • Successful return to work, home and recreational activities.

Patients who have recently had cardiac surgery, or who have been in hospital for management of cardiac disease, may benefit from an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program.

Members of our experienced multidisciplinary team include the following health professionals:

  • Allied Health Assistants
  • Cardiac Nurse Specialists
  • Dieticians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Rehabilitation Physicians
  • Social Workers.

Each patient is assessed individually, and a team of health professionals develop a rehabilitation plan according to the individual's particular needs.

This program may include:

  • Education about heart disease and eating for heart health
  • Information about medication management.
  • Graded activity programs – to progressively increase general strength and endurance.
  • Occupational Therapy – learning and practicing ways to manage self-care in preparation for going home and safely resuming your daily routine.
  • Physiotherapy - exercise and education aimed at improving strength, function and mobility.

All our patients are referred to our outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program (Phase II) or an alternative program closer to home, so they continue to be supported during their recovery once home.

Preparation for discharge from the centre begins at admission and as appropriate, involves the patient’s family and friends, as well as any community services that are required.

Our knowledge of a broad range of community resources and facilities ensures that the transition from rehabilitation back to the community is as smooth and successful as possible and that the patient continues to improve with the support they need.

How to refer:

The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre accepts referrals from and can arrange direct admission from local GPs, physicians, surgeons, allied health professionals and via rehabilitation liaison coordinators who collaborate with health professionals and hospitals to arrange rehabilitation for patients directly from hospital.

The Admissions coordinator will admit patients directly to the hospital under the care of a specialist who is on-call to The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre.
SaveTo make a referral, please contact us by phone 1300 1 REHAB (73422) or email


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