Sub Acute Service

  • The aim of Sub-Acute care is to help patients regain optimal health and quality of life by restoring independence. To achieve this, individualised patient centred care is provided from the Sub-Acute team with involvement of family and significant others encouraged. The sub-acute team work together with patients towards goals that promote return to a normal lifestyle with maximum independence and community support.

    Our Model of Care

    Sub-Acute Service Model


     There are two streams of sub-acute care

    • Rehabilitation
    • GEM (Geriatric Evaluation and Management)

    What is Rehabilitation?
    Rehabilitation (or “Rehab”) is therapy to help patients recover all or some movement and function which was compromised due to a health condition.  Rehab is different from hospital care when patients are unwell.  In Rehab patients are physically well and expected to actively participate and work hard towards reaching goals.

    What is GEM?
    Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) is therapy which aims to achieve improvement in function of a patient with medical conditions related to ageing, such as tendency to fall, incontinence, reduced mobility and cognitive impairment.  The patient may be unwell requiring some active medical involvement.
    All referrals into this service require consent of the patient.
    Referrals are accepted from any healthcare professionals including GP's, nursing and allied health personnel (including other healthcare networks and interstate).

    Referrals from outside of WDHS can be submitted electronically

    Refer online

    Once received by a Sub-Acute Team Leader;

    • An email confirmation will be received by the originating referrer.
    • An acceptance or otherwise email will be forwarded to the originating referrer within 72 hours of receipt of referral.
    • In the event of a bed offer the referring ward will be advised by telephone of the offer.

    Inpatients Services, 24 hours, 7 days/week
    Allied Health Services, Business Hours,  Monday to Friday

    The Sub-Acute unit is located within the Medical Unit at Hamilton Base Hospital.

    Contact us
    Ph:  (03) 5551 8050     
    Fax: (03) 5571 8572