The team at Southern Rehab provides many different assessment and rehabilitation services. We work to provide you with the best care and advice so together we can make sure you recover to the best of your ability, as soon as you can.
You may need just a little help to regain independence, or you may need a longer period of support. At Southern Rehab, we tailor our services to your individual, specific needs, working with you to put a plan together to get you living your best life.
Recovering from a spinal cord injury is a complex process. It continues long after you have left hospital, and is different for everyone.
The injury may have caused major loss of movement, changing your life dramatically. Or the effects may be less severe, but still affect the way you do things.
After your hospital rehabilitation, Southern Rehab can help you to progress further, learn how to adapt to your changed circumstances, and find ways to achieve all you are capable of.
Our Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation service is led by physiotherapists skilled in working with spinal cord injury. They will help you to regain as much movement and physical ability as possible.
You may also work with an occupational therapist to find new ways of doing the things that are important to you. And you can draw on the skills of one of our psychologists if you need help adjusting emotionally.
Most of all, we will identify what you need and put together a programme that helps you live your life with as much independence as possible.
After an accident or brain injury, you may not be able to do some things you used to take for granted. And you may need to find new ways of doing other things.
Southern Rehab will help you develop new life skills and regain as much independence as possible, so you can make the most of every day.
We will put together a programme specifically for you, centred on your needs and what you want to achieve. You may work with an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, clinical psychologist, speech-language therapist – or any combination of these. We will work together to ensure you get the help and advice you need.
And our team will also draw on the skills of dieticians, or any other health professionals or community groups that can help you gain maximum independence.
We know that pain is complex and very personal. Pain can be distressing, disabling and persistent. It can stop you doing the things you want to do and the things that give your life meaning. Our team will work with you to develop a personalised rehab programme, helping you to get back to living your best possible life. Depending on your individual needs, your rehabilitation team may be made up from medical specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses and clinical psychologists. Our integrated approach means we will also work with your workplace where appropriate to best understand how your pain affects you.
Southern Rehab leads the way in successful client outcomes in New Zealand in the ACC-funded Pain Management Programme, making Southern Rehab the ideal provider for you.
If you would like to enter the programme, or to find out more information, please click here.
Southern Rehab’s Concussion Service helps you to manage and recover from the effects of mild to moderate brain injury.
You might be referred to this service by your GP, a hospital, or directly from ACC.
At the beginning, we will assess what has happened, and how it is affecting you. Then, over several weeks, we will provide education and guidance on how best to recover.
Our Concussion Service is also designed to reveal whether you need further services, such as:
- Extra medical assessments
- A screening neuropsychology assessment (to find out whether your injury is affecting your thinking abilities)
- Input from other health professionals, such as a physiotherapist or occupational therapist
- Vestibular screening (to see if you need treatment for balance and spatial awareness)
- Input from a psychologist
Through this service we aim to help you recover from your symptoms, get back to work, and get back living your best life.
A major goal of rehabilitation is to get back to work, if it’s possible. This is easier for some people and a real challenge for others. We know that everyone’s rehabilitation needs are different. But if you can return to work, we want to help you do so – in a timely, safe and sustainable way.
Southern Rehab provides Vocational Rehabilitation Services for ACC throughout the South Island. We offer a full range of Vocational Rehabilitation, tailored to you and your circumstances.
- You may simply need us to make sure everything is safe and ready for your return. We do this with a Standalone Workplace Assessment.
- You may need more rehabilitation and some changes to your workplace or job. Our Stay at Work Service will identify what changes should happen, whether they are relatively straightforward or more complex. You may work with one or several of our team members – it all depends on what you need.
- Maybe you can’t go back to your previous job, but can do work of some kind. Through our Work Readiness Service we can help you to overcome the particular challenges you face.
- If you don’t have a job to return to, our Job Brokerage Service can help you find work that matches your skills.
- And we also offer a Job Search Service for people who have already had a Vocational Independence Assessment.
With all these services, we work together with you, your employer and other agencies to get the best outcome possible in your circumstances.
If you had a Job Search programme (help to find a new job), please click here
If you cannot return to the job you had before your injury, you may need an Initial Occupational Assessment (or IOA). This investigates what types of work you are able to do, taking into account your skills, education, and experience.
A vocational consultant (someone who specialises in helping people find work that suits them) does this with you. It takes about 60 to 90 minutes, face to face. The report from this is used as a starting point for job options to consider during your rehabilitation
If you can no longer do your previous work, and have had an IOA, then your vocational consultant can do a Vocational Independence Occupational Assessment (or VIOA). This checks to make sure you have received all suitable help, as well as looking at what other work could suit you.
The survey is quick and easy to complete.
If you had a Back to Work programme (return to your job after an injury), please click here
If you had a Work Ready programme (help to get back into work after time out of the workforce due to injury), please click here