pain
management
rehabilitation
recovery

The Rehabilitation Medicine Group is a multidisciplinary team of professional medical and allied health clinicians who work together to improve your health, functional abilities, mood and quality of life. We provide personalized rehabilitation programs to educate and exercise you. All of our clinicians have expertise in the rehabilitation of people with a wide variety of health conditions.

No problem is too complex.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

CONDITIONS WE TREAT

TREATMENTS WE USE - HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT

WE USE A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO CHRONIC PAIN TREATMENT

Following a comprehensive medical assessment, a 6-12 week individually tailored pain rehabilitation program is prescribed to start you on the road to recovery. We treat not only your pain, but you and the effects that pain has on your life. By completing our multidisciplinary program of neuroscience education, cognitive skill training and specific neuromuscular exercises, you can learn to reduce and control pain, then learn to live without pain to take charge of your life again. Injections or surgery are not required.

You can reduce medication use, improve sitting, standing and walking tolerances, improve sleep and mood, return to your usual daily activities, return to recreational activities and return to work. Your fitness and general health will also be improved.
Our neurological rehabilitation programs are personally tailored to enhance your recovery using the exciting new principles of neuroplasticity (the ability to change how the brain and spinal cord function). This can improve balance, strength, walking and running ability, independence to perform your usual activities and aid in a return to sports and work. Featuring the new LSVT® BIG neuroplasticity program for Parkinson's Disease with Darren Lau. This intensive program involves 1 hour training sessions, 4 days a week for 4 weeks.
This program includes a comprehensive specialist medical assessment to evaluate and manage your risks of falling, manage any pain resulting from falls and an osteoporotic assessment to prevent the high risk of fractures (broken bones) associated with falls. The falls and balance program is exercise based using our on-site gymnasium and will improve your strength, balance and walking ability and most importantly, reduce falls. Regain confidence to continue to live independently and walk without fear.
Importantly this program includes treatment for pain that persists after joint replacement, spinal or other orthopaedic surgery. Up to 20% of people continue to experience pain after knee replacement or spinal surgery. Using neuroscience and exercise training, we can help you restore your normal biomechanics with improvements to your balance, flexibility, strength and walking patterns. You can then return to the activities that you intended to engage in, such as exercise and travel, before your surgery.
People with chronic lung conditions often believe, or are told, that there is no treatment available to help them. However, high levels of scientific evidence demonstrate that pulmonary rehabilitation programs reduce the symptom of breathlessness, improve fitness (including walking distance) and reduce hospitalisation. Start exercising under supervision in our on-site gymnasium to improve your ability to perform activities and improve your quality of life.
This program teaches you how to exercise with cardiovascular (heart and artery) disease, how to return to your usual activities without fear, reduces symptoms like shortness of breath and improves quality of life. High levels of scientific evidence demonstrate that cardiac rehabilitation programs consistently improve a person's lifespan, reduce blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, reduce inflammation, improve mood and lead to better diabetic control. The program consists of gym training with a specialised physiotherapist and dietetic education.
After a cancer treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy has been completed, this rehabilitation program helps you get on with living. This program can help with pain management, help set goals for your future, improve your fitness and strength, improve your mood and improve your quality of life. We can assist in returning you to work or recreation.
We treat people with acute and chronic spinal pain involving the neck, thoracic region or lower back (and sometimes all three). We apply the latest neuroscience based exercise and cognitive strategies to reduce pain, improve function and activity and return people to work and recreation. We instruct you on safe postures, movements, exercise and activities, review medication use and support your healthy spine.

THE REHABILITATION MEDICINE GROUP

The Rehabilitation Medicine Group was established in 2013 to provide a private and personalised approach to the rehabilitation of chronic pain and disability resulting from disease, injury or illness.

At its core is the philosophy of providing clinically excellent rehabilitation programs of education and exercise to enable a person to better manage their own health. We are passionate about providing the best evidence based rehabilitation solution for you to improve your ability to move, function, work, socialise and play. Dr Nathan Johns, a specialist Rehabilitation Medicine Physician, leads our team of rehabilitation clinicians.

WHAT IS REHABILITATION MEDICINE?

Rehabilitation Medicine is a person-centred medical speciality focused on assisting people to achieve their goals. It has the advantage of being a team based specialty that utilises the knowledge and skills of allied health practitioners with additional expertise to achieve better health and functional outcomes. Rehabilitation Medicine focuses on the whole person including their psychological and social well-being, not just their affected body part.

The Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) is the peak professional organisation for Rehabilitation Medicine education and training in Australia and New Zealand. It is a Faculty of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP).

Dr Nathan Johns
Rehabilitation Physician

Dr Johns is a specialist Rehabilitation Medicine Physician with over 15 years of expertise in managing chronic pain and disability. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (with honours) in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM, RACP). He has speciality training and experience in all aspects of rehabilitation including pain management, neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedic rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury and the rehabilitation of Older Adults. Dr. Johns is an examiner for the AFRM and has experience in medical education. Dr Johns has consulted at Epworth Rehabilitation Brighton since 2006, admitting rehabilitation inpatients. His research interests include chronic pain, deconditioning, aerobic training and rehabilitation following knee joint replacement. Dr Johns consults at the Rehabilitation Medicine Group on Monday through to Thursday and is now performing home and residential care consultations as part of our Aged Care Rehabilitation Team. A valid referral is required prior to appointments.

Dr Kal Fried
Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician

Dr Kal Fried is an experienced specialist in Sports and Exercise Medicine having attained Fellowship of the Australian College of Sports Physicians in 1995. His practice has included working in the Victorian snowfields, at the Melbourne Football Club (AFL) and Collingwood Football Clubs and as team doctor for the AFL Australian International Rules team. Dr Fried has also supported other elite sporting teams including the Australian Diamonds netball team. Dr Fried is a medical advisor on the Clinical Panel for both the TAC and WorkSafe as well as practicing as an Independent Medical Examiner. In addition to his sports medicine skills including ultrasound guided injection techniques, Dr Fried has particular interests in the neuroscience of pain, treating persistent  pain with desensitisation, exercise and conditioning prescription in injury and pain as well as general medical condition management. Dr Fried joined the multidisciplinary team at the Rehabilitation Medicine Group in October 2016 to further his interest and management of persisting pain. Dr Fried is consulting on Tuesday and Friday afternoon. A link to his pain website is here.

Darren Lau
Physiotherapist

Darren Chun Kiat Lau is a qualified physiotherapist and a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Darren specialises in chronic pain management and general and neurological rehabilitation. Darren is a LSVT® BIG Certified Clinician and is able to deliver this intensive neuroplasticity program for people with Parkinson's Disease. After studying physiotherapy at Melbourne’s LaTrobe University, Darren gained both experience and passion working as part of the rehabilitation team at the Epworth Rehabilitation hospitals. Darren has an active treatment approach and utilises our on-site rehabilitation gymnasium to retrain the body and the mind. Darren is part of our Aged Care Rehabilitation Team and is able to treat people in their home or residential care facility. For Chinese speakers, Darren also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Darren consults Monday to Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons.

Daliah Sztokman
Occupational Therapist

Daliah is an accredited occupational therapist with almost 20 years of clinical experience. After graduating from Latrobe University, Daliah has worked in most aspects of multidisciplinary rehabilitation including chronic pain management, neurological including stroke and Parkinson's Disease, orthopaedics, aged care and cardiac. She uses the principles of neuroplasticity to enhance recovery from chronic pain and stroke. Daliah has extensive experience in home assessment, prescription of equipment and aids, return to work co-ordination and returning people to their recreations and life's enjoyments. Daliah is consulting on Mondays and Wednesdays. Daliah is part of our Aged Care Rehabilitation Team and is able to visit homes and residential facilities to provide assessments and treatments.

Dr Leah Levy
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Leah Levy joined the Rehabilitation Medicine Group team in September 2016. Dr Levy is a registered psychologist with specialist training in Clinical and Health Psychology, including endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist by AHPRA. Dr Levy is passionate about working in rehabilitation and pain management with a strong background in both hospital and private practice. This includes pain management at St George's Health Service's Pain Clinic for Older People (current), Dorset Rehabilitation Centre and the Barbara Walker Centre for pain Management at St Vincent's Hospital. Dr Levy has worked with people of all ages including in the oncology setting, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Dr Levy works collaboratively with patients towards self-management using individualised cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness techniques. Dr Levy completed her Doctor of Psychology in 2011 with her thesis entitled "Psychological, symptom, and decision-related distress in men with prostate cancer". Dr Levy consults on Monday and Thursday mornings.

Dr Joanne King
Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr King is a registered and experienced clinical neuropsychologist having achieved a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) from Victoria University following a science degree in psychology. Dr King also has a Master in Human Nutrition and combines lifestyle management with psychological treatments to improve health and wellbeing. Dr King has extensive experience in the neuropsychological assessment and treatment of traumatic and acquired brain injury (eg. Stroke and Parkinson’s disease) having worked in inpatient and community rehabilitation settings. Dr King utilizes mindfulness integrated cognitive behavioural therapy to treat persistent pain and neurological conditions as well as irritable bowel syndrome, sleep impairment, depression, anxiety, stress and chronic fatigue. Dr King is consulting on Wednesdays.

Kerry
Reception

Kerry has returned to The Rehabilitation Medicine Group as our medical receptionist, having been there at the start for the set-up. She is an experienced medical receptionist, personal and executive assistant and business manager with a smile.

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