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What is Rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation Physicians work as part of a team of therapists that use medicine, exercise, psychology and training to help people recover from serious injuries and illness so they can achieve the highest quality of life possible.
It takes a doctor 6 years to train and qualify to be a rehabilitation physician and they work to rehabilitate people of all ages from the very youngest to the very oldest, in hospitals, clinics, workplaces and/or in their homes.
The main conditions they treat are those that effect the muscles, nerves and skeleton such as stroke, fractures, work injuries, spinal cord or brain injuries and amputations.
Rehabilitation physicians are expert in the management of the complications of illness and injuries like pain, stiffness, fatigue, memory loss, regaining fitness, and even the use of
devices that assist independence from a prosthetic leg to smart house.

Rehabilitation Medicine: Bridging Health, Independence and Wellbeing

Rehabilitation medicine is a specialist field of medicine that performs a pivotal role in improving the lives of individuals experiencing both temporary or permanent disability. The specialty promotes restoration of an individual’s ability in physical, functional and psychosocial domains with the ultimate goal of assisting each individual to pursue their chosen lifestyle with independence and dignity. In Australasia, practitioners of rehabilitation medicine are known as rehabilitation medicine physicians; a term used synonymously with physiatrists in other parts of the globe.

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RMSANZ Healthcare Funding Submission


RMSANZ Position Statement for the therapeutic use of botulinum toxin A in Spasticity Management (2023)

RMSANZ Position Statement on Rehabilitation in COVID-19 (Sept 2022)

RMSANZ Position Statement on the Therapeutic Use of Botulinum Toxin in Rehabilitation Medicine for spasticity and dystonia (May 2017)

RMSANZ Position Statement on role of rehab physician Sept 2017

RMSANZ Position Statement on the Rehabilitation following Total Knee Replacement (May 2018)



Articles of interest

The Impact of One
Interview by Nathaniel Chandra with Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

These patients could manage, until Omicron. They need action on bed block in hospitals
Written by Prof Steven Faux

Patients want to give up their beds, politicians need to help them do it.

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The Value and Role of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility

Association of Academic Physiatrists Position Statement