Day Rehabilitation

The Wesley Outpatient Rehabilitation Service offers treatment for both acute and chronic conditions which you can access as an outpatient.  The goal of the program is to facilitate an earlier discharge from hospital and / or improve your general health and functional ability.  Sessions are goal-orientated and address your specific needs in a supportive environment.

The Day Rehabilitation Program gives you access to a multidisciplinary team led by rehabilitation or pain physicians.  The Allied Health Team includes Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Exercise Physiologists, Speech Pathologists, Dietitians, and Psychologists. [You could have a hyperlink for each of the disciplines leading to specifics about each discipline]

The following specialised services are provided:

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

  • Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Wesley Pain and Spine – Persistent Pain Programs
  • Musculoskeletal Outpatient Services
  • Dietetic Outpatient Services
  • Speech Pathology Services
  • Lymphoedema
  • Hand Therapy
  • Women’s Health Services
  • Men’s Health Services
  • Exercise Classes
    • Antenatal
    • Postnatal
    • Fall Prevention
    • Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation

How to Refer?

You will require a referral from your specialist or General Practitioner.  Private Health Insurance Rebates apply.  To book an appointment or for further information, please call us on 3232 6190

Download the Day Rehabilitation Referral Form

Orthopaedics / Neurological Rehabilitation

Half Day Rehabilitation Program is intended for those people with an impairment or disability and who have established rehabilitation goals to improve the patient’s functional status.  Half Day Rehabilitation services are delivered under the care of a Rehabilitation Specialist, with rehabilitation provided by a multi-disciplinary allied health team.  Half Day Rehabilitation provides a coordinated program of care on an admitted same day basis inclusive of negotiated rehabilitation goals and a predicted period of rehabilitation.    The number of sessions associated with a half day rehabilitation program is 3 to 5 sessions.

Common conditions referred under this program include:

  • Orthopaedic (joint replacements, fractures, orthopaedic procedures, spinal surgery, trauma or other injuries
  • Neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, brain injuries, degenerative conditions and peripheral nerve injuries)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Re-Conditioning following an acute surgical intervention, acute medical condition or exacerbation

Rehabilitation Physicians






Dr Wilbur Chan

Pain Medicine
Rehabilitation Medicine

07 3232 7920

Dr Polly Tsai

Rehabilitation Medicine

3839 3688

Referral process

All participants will require a referral to attend the program.  A doctors referral, from either your GP or specialist,  which includes the patient’s name, diagnosis, address, phone, date of birth and claim number (if relevant),  can be sent to The Wesley Day Rehabilitation Centre by either fax to 3232 6189, email:, Medical Objects or post. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Wesley Hospital's HeartWise Health Services provide a number of rehabilitation options for patients with or at risk of heart disease. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation is an exercise and education program for people who have suffered an acute cardiac event, been recently hospitalised and have a medical referral to the cardiac rehabilitation program.  An acute cardiac event includes, but is no limited to:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Heart Transplant
  • Unstable Angina
  • Congestive Cardiac Failure

Each same day visit should run for a minimum of one and a half hours and comprise education, discussion and counselling and approximately 30 minutes of exercise and meets guidelines from the National Heart Foundation of Australia & Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association Recommended Framework for Cardiac Rehabilitation 2004.

For more information please phone 07 3232 6190

Your guide to heart surgery

An information booklet for cardiac surgical patients and their families.

Your GuideTo Heart Surgery

Referral process

All participants will require a referral to attend the program.  A doctors referral, from your specialist,  which includes the patient’s name, diagnosis, address, phone, date of birth and claim number (if relevant),  can be sent to The Wesley HeartWise Service by either fax to 3232 6189, email:, Medical Objects or post. 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Wesley Hospital Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is an outpatient program for people with chronic lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and bronchiectasis. Clinical studies have shown exercise training will improve your condition and break the ‘cycle of inactivity’.

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program is suitable for people living at home who are limited by their breathlessness and have a decreased ability to perform normal activities of daily life.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is an exercise and education program for people with chronic lung disease who are limited by their shortness of breath and fatigue.  Research studies support Pulmonary Rehabilitation and its capacity to relieve dyspnoea and fatigue, improves emotional function and enhances patients' sense of control over their condition. These improvements are moderately large and clinically significant. Pulmonary Rehabilitation forms an important component of the management of COPD. 

Pulmonary Rehabilitation aims to:

  • Improve your understanding of your lung condition
  • Promote physical activity
  • Support self-management behaviours
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Reduce frequency of hospital admissions
  • Help you to recognize early symptoms associated with chest infections and exacerbations

Referral process

You will require a referral from your Respiratory Physician or General Practitioner. Private health insurance rebates apply.

Referral template:

Pulmonary Referral

Wesley Pain and Spine

Out Pain Management rehabilitation programs offers rehabilitation for patients with unresolved persistent pain who are experiencing significant restrictions with their work and/or home duties, recreational activities and quality of life. The program uses an interdisciplinary self-management approach with an emphasis on physical conditioning, education and a cognitive behavioural approach to the management of pain.Our patients learn to implement strategies to improve their ability to manage their condition and pain experience, and gain control over their life.

The Wesley Pain Management Program is for people who have:

  • Persistent pain which is limiting their lifestyle and ability to perform everyday tasks
  • No further surgical or medical treatments indicated at the current time
  • Been unable to return to their full work duties or usual activities

Our program goals include:

  • Improving physical function
  • Facilitating return to daily activities or work duties
  • Improving ability to manage pain and gain control over life by using a supervised exercise program, adaptive coping and other pain management strategies
  • Promote a reduction in the use of medication and alternative surgical or interventional procedures.  The multidisciplinary program promotes self management strategies for management of pain.

The Medical Directors of the program will see patients on an individual basis to assist them in understanding their x-rays/scans and provide information about their diagnosis and prognosis.  The programme extends over three to five weeks with ten contact days provided for patients.
Each contact day is a minimum of 5 hours of multi-disciplinary care provided in one-one consultations or small group formats.  The program is tailored to suit and meet patients’ individual needs.

The multi-disciplinary team includes:

  • Specialist Pain Medicine Physician (assessment and review)
  • Nurse
  • Physiotherapist
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Pain Program Co-ordinator

What's involved?

Our pain management programs are group based, usually with six to eight participants. We  offer a variety of program options which will be discussed with you during your initial appointment with the Specialist Pain Medicine Physician.

Indications for referral:

  • Pain for more than three months
  • Pain that has not responded to medical or surgical treatment
  • Rehabilitation that has not progressed as expected
  • Increased reliance on medication to cope with pain
  • Difficulty with returning to work due to ongoing pain
  • Excessive dependency on health care professionals

Pain Physicians

Dr Leigh Atkinson Medical Director  Neurosurgeon / Specialist Pain medicine Physician        
Dr Sarah Lindsay  Anaesthetist / Specialist Pain Medicine Physician        
 Dr Richard Pendleton & Dr Jayne Berryman  Anaesthetist / Specialist Pain Medicine Physician        

Referral process

All participants will require a referral to attend the program.  A doctors referral, from either your GP or specialist,  which includes the patient’s name, diagnosis, address, phone, date of birth and claim number (if relevant),  can be sent to The Wesley Pain & Spine Centre by either fax or post.  All patients require a pre-admission consultation with a Specialist Pain Medicine Physician.


Funding is available through private health funds, workers’ compensation and compulsory third party insurance. The Wesley Hospital has contracts with private health funds for each of our programs, where you are considered a “same day” patient. We review your private hospital cover prior to admission and advise you of any excess or default payment, if applicable. 

Patients will only be responsible for program costs if written approval is not received from WorkCover Queensland, Workers’ Compensation, compulsory third party insurance companies or Veterans’ Affairs (White Card) prior to the commencement of the program

Download the Wesley Pain & Spine Referral Form

Women’s Health Service

The Women’s Health Service provides a personalised, private consultation service, with an experienced women’s health physiotherapist.  Consultations include a comprehensive assessment, hands on treatment, individually tailored exercise program, advice and education and guided progression to aid return to work, exercise and activities of daily living.

Conditions that are typically seen by the Women’s Health Service include:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction
  • Rehabilitation after gynaecological surgery
  • Bladder overactivity
  • Urinary / bowel incontinence and constipation
  • Childbearing women pre-post delivery
  • Rehabilitation after breast cancer surgery
  • Lymphoedema management

Antenatal Exercise Classes

Antenatal exercise classes are designed for a pregnant mother-to-be who is over 12 weeks in their pregnancy.  The Mother-to-be does not need to be delivering at The Wesley, to be eligible to attend the classes.  The classes are held 1 evening per week in the EB1 gym and the mum-to-be can attend a single session or multiple sessions.  Discounts are offered if the mum-to-be signs up for a ‘package of classes’.  These classes focus on the following areas:

  • Back care education
  • Core stability training
  • Pelvic floor training
  • Postural awareness
  • Low impact exercise
  • Flexible, personalised programs
  • Opportunities to meet other pregnant women
  • Opportunity to gain information in an informal and interactive environment.

Postnatal Exercise Classes

Postnatal Exercise Classes can be commenced from 6 weeks after the birth of your baby, once you
have been cleared by your obstetrician and/or pelvic floor physiotherapist.

Our classes provide:

+   back care

+   core stability training

+   pelvic floor muscle training

+  postural awareness

+ low impact mat work and strength training
   with pelvic floor safe exercises

+  flexible, personalised programs

+ an opportunity to meet other new mums

+ an opportunity to gain information in an
informal and interactive environment

Classes are run on Thursday mornings at 9.30 am in EB1 gym at The Wesley Hospital, and can be
booked on a weekly basis or as a class bundle.

For more information on our postnatal exercise classes or to make a booking phone the Physiotherapy Department on 07 3232 6190

All classes are  run by   an    experienced  physiotherapist. Contact your private health insurer for information regarding rebates. Parking is available on site for a subsidised rate.

Men’s Health Service 

The Men’s Health Service provide a specialised and hands-on therapy and rehabilitation to meet the patient needs.  The team work closely with the Prostate Cancer Support Nurses when appropriate, to assist with recovery.  The Men’s Health Physiotherapy service

specialise in the following areas:

  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pre-operative and post-operative prostatectomy pelvic floor exercise prescription and advice using transabdominal and/or  transperineal-time ultrasound.
  • Graduated and safe return to activity and exercise following prostatectomy
  • Lymphoedema management

 Outpatient Services

The Wesley Outpatient services offered include:

  • Physiotherapy – musculoskeletal, pain and neurological.  The clinic offers:
    • Diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain
    • Assessment and management of acute and chronic spinal and other joint problems
    • Treatment of soft tissue injuries
    • Post-operative strengthening and reconditioning
    • Diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries or performance issues
    • Dry needling (similar to acupuncture)
    • Access to real time ultrasound for functional retraining and core stability exercises
    • Posture and gait analysis
  • Occupational Therapy – hand therapy, lymphoedema, neurological and workplace ergonomics
  • Exercise Physiology – musculoskeletal, pain and neurological
  • Speech Pathology – Speech and Language
  • Dietetics – offering specialist services in nutrition management of:
    • Heart disease
    • Cancer and nutrition support
    • Sports and exercise nutrition
    • Infant and childhood nutrition
    • Pregnancy
    • Gastrointestinal disease
    • Weight management
    • Care for patients pre and post surgery
    • Weight loss surgery
    • Diabetes including Gestational Diabetes
    • Renal Impairment
    • Healthy eating for the whole family