Rehabilitation - Day programs

The Rehabilitation Day Program at The Hills Private Hospital is designed to restore confidence, independence and mobility for people who have established rehabilitation needs, but do not require the support of an inpatient service. Our rehabilitation philosophy is to work in partnership with patients to restore their ability to function as efficiently as their condition will permit following injury, illness or accident. We provide a variety of different rehabilitation programs customised to suit individual needs.

These programs are designed to maximise strength, conditioning, mobility, fitness , self reliance and well being.

The Hills Private Hospital is fully accredited by the Australian Council of Health Care Standards (ACHS) and complies with world class hospital standards. We continually strive to improve the quality of care and services provided to patients


Rehabilitation day programs are suitable if you have established rehabilitation needs, but do not need the support of inpatient medical or nursing care. You may have stayed with us as an inpatient or have been referred to one of our private specialists from your general practitioner, specialist or surgeon.

Group Rehabilitation Programs

Designed for those who have experienced myocardial infarction (heart attack), cardiac surgery (stent/CABG/valve replacements), stable or unstable angina, controlled heart failure or other vascular/heart disease. Includes Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology and Tai Chi sessions.

Designed for patients who have experienced falls recently or in the past, or for those who are at high risk of falls.

This includes Occupational Therapy education on safety in the home and community, Exercise Physiology and Diversional Therapy.

This group is also appropriate for those who are less mobile as there is only a minor, low impact exercise component, and exercises can be completed whilst sitting.

Individual sessions may be available based on the needs of the participant and are set at the discretion of the Rehabilitation Physician.

These programs are designed for those who require additional assistance to gain the best outcomes from the therapeutic process.

Designed for patients lacking motivation or struggling to know where to begin on their journey to life-long health and well being.

This reconditioning based program includes:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Hydrotherapy sessions
  • Tai Chi.

Designed for patients who have undergone lower limb or spinal surgery.

It is also appropriate for patients who have injuries or are experiencing weakness, stiffness or pain in these areas.

The program includes:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Hydrotherapy sessions
  • Physiotherapy.

Designed for any person with a chronic lung condition, who is experiencing difficulty breathing or who finds that the activities they participate in every day are getting harder to complete.

The program includes:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Hydrotherapy sessions
  • Physiotherapy.

Designed for patients who are experiencing a decline in their normal level of function or balance.

This may be due to prolonged hospital admission, general surgery, medical illness or chronic conditions.

The program includes:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Hydrotherapy sessions
  • Physiotherapy.

Access to day programs

Access to any of the rehabilitation day prgorams are available via referral. Your local GP, physician or surgeon will be able to assist you to obtain a referral to a private specialist at the hospital and who can organise your admission or enrolment into a program.

During your stay you will be under the direct care of this private specialist who will from time to time be assisted by other accredited private specialists and hospital staff.

The Hills Private Hospital can assist with organising community transport for pick up and or drop off for day programs.

If you have any questions, regarding your suitability as a day program patient please contact:

Day Program Administration staff
02 9686 0454

The length of your program and type of therapies you will be undertaking will be determined at this consultation and from your initial assessment during your first therapy session.

Most programs consist of at least three sessions that are 30-45 minutes duration for each session.

Physiotherapy sessions involve strengthening, stretching, mobility training, functional excercises and manual therapy as required.

Excercises Physiology sessions involve strengthening, stretching, cardiovascular fitness, core stability training and balance excercises.

Tai Chi sessions involve gentle breathing excercises, stretches, slow movements, balanve and coordination training.

Hydrotherapy sessions involve performing excercises in a heated pool environment which aims to improve strength, range of motion, cardiovascular fitness, balance and coordination as well as provide pain relief.

Education sessions are conducted by different members of the multi-disciplinary team on relevant topics.

If required, other therapies can be included as part of the day program including:

  • Dietetics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Speech pathology.
  • Concession Card (Seniors Health Benefit or Pension card)
  • Medicare Card (also required for physicians reviews)
  • Private Health Insurance members card
  • Referral
  • Recent X-rays
  • Safety Net Card (if appropriate)
  • Veterans Affairs Card (if appropriate).

Casual clothes that are comfortable for exercise and closed shoes should be worn to each session.

Bring your swimmers if you are scheduled for hydrotherapy, towels are provided.

It is encouraged to leave anything of value at home including jewellery, credit cards and cash.

We are unable to accept responsibility for the loss of valuables or money.

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