Tasmanian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (TPRS)

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TPRS clinics: Paediatric Rehabilitation Clinic, Acquired Brain Injury Clinic, Paediatric Spinal Clinic, Combined Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Clinic and Botulinum toxin injections

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

TPRS supports children and adolescents with functional impairment who will benefit from a program of developmentally-appropriate, time-limited, goal-focused, interdisciplinary rehabilitation.

We are a state-wide Service with Clinics available in the South, North and North West of Tasmania.

Services

  • Specialist assessment and diagnosis of neurological and movement disorders (such as cerebral palsy).
  • Medical management of neurological and movement disorders (including Botulinum Toxin injections and Intrathecal Baclofen pumps).
  • Surveillance for predictable and preventable complications of congenital and acquired conditions such as hip subluxation/dislocation or scoliosis in cerebral palsy.
  • Assessment and management of significantly abnormal gait patterns that are impacting on functional mobility, and referral for gait laboratory and orthopaedic surgical interventions when indicated.
  • Multidisciplinary support with preparation and follow-up for complex orthopaedic surgery (equipment, home assessment, time-limited therapy intervention).
  • Establishment of goal-directed rehabilitation programs to improve function and independence.
  • Cerebral Palsy specific specialist interventions (i.e. constraint induced movement therapy, bimanual therapy)
  • Support at key transition points, including primary and high school entry and transition to adult services.

Eligibility

Our Service is not diagnosis specific. We support children and adolescents with functional impairment due to congenital and/or acquired conditions, following events such as injury, illness or surgery, who have goals amenable to a defined period of rehabilitation.

Commonly seen conditions:

  • Cerebral palsy and CP like-conditions
  • Movement disorders
  • Acquired Brain injury (traumatic and non-traumatic for example ADEM, encephalitis, brain tumours, HIE)
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injuries and disorders (transverse myelitis, etc)
  • Congenital or acquired limb deficiencies
  • Developmental disorders with rehabilitation goals
  • Excessive drooling
  • Limb deficiencies (congenital and acquired)
  • Gait deviations (including toe- walking)
  • Neuromuscular conditions (muscular dystrophies and myopathies, ataxias and neuropathies) with rehabilitation goals

Emergency conditions

This Clinic does not offer an emergency service.

Referral process

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians.

Paediatrician and GP referrals for Paediatric Rehabilitation Consultant to be sent to:

RHH Paediatric Clinics

Argyle Street
Hobart Tas 7000

Phone: (03) 6166 6776
Fax: (03) 6173 0469

Specific queries: rehab.service@ths.tas.gov.au (monitored by the rehabilitation team on weekdays)

Clinic Appointments - Appointments are based on clinical priority:

Emergency

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED
- Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED
- Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED
- Phone: (03) 6493 6340  Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED
- Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489

Urgent / category 1

Urgent referrals should be accompanied by a phone call to the Consultant/Registrar to organise urgent review and the referral must be faxed.

We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent / category 2

We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks

Routine / category 3

Next available appointment

Referral template

For use by health professionals only

Additional information

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.