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Day Patient Rehabilitation

Day Rehabilitation involves individually tailored rehabilitation in one-on-one individual therapies and exercise groups in a friendly and empowering environment. A range of Day Patient Rehabilitation Programs are available – whether to regain strength and endurance, help with walking or everyday activities, to help manage pain, rehabilitation for neurological issues, for Parkinson’s Disease, and more.

See our Day Programs

Who would benefit?

Day patient rehabilitation programs are for any person who has had an illness, surgery or a long hospital stay and requires a multidisciplinary team approach to assist with their recovery. Programs are designed to help you recover and assist you to live independently in the community or prepare to return to leisure, work or other lifestyle pursuits.

What does the program involve?

You will be assessed by a rehabilitation specialist before starting the rehabilitation program. Once accepted, allied health professionals will tailor an individualised therapy program to suit your goals.

Programs may include input from physiotherapy, exercise physiology, occupational therapy, dietetics, psychology and more, depending on requirements.

How long is a Day Program?

Frequency and length of the program is determined by your needs but is generally 3 hours 15 mins, twice a week for between 4-6 weeks. You will be advised of your appointment times when booking.

What will it cost?

In most instances private health insurance or Department of Veterans Affairs will cover the cost of the program. We always check with the health fund to make sure there is no excess or co-payment and if there is, we discuss this with you before proceeding.

How can I access the program?

Day Rehabilitation is available to eligible privately insured and veteran patients from within Cairns Private Hospital, other hospitals, and directly from the community. A referral is required from your General Practitioner or specialist. 

Day Rehabilitation programs are run in our ground floor gym at Cairns Private Hospital – accessed via our Abbott Street entrance.

If you have questions, please call our Day rehab team on 07 4052 8059 or email

What to bring

On your first day, please present to the Admissions Office, which is located just inside the main hospital entrance. Please bring the following with you:

  • Medication that you are currently taking or may be required to take while attending a program (first visit only)
  • Copy of referral letter and relevant x-rays (unless you have already been an inpatient at Cairns Private Hospital)
  • Private Health Fund and Medicare details
  • Compensation details (if your treatment is part of Workers Compensation or Third Party)
  • Comfortable, loose fitting clothes
  • Supportive walking shoes
  • Any walking aids that you are currently using
  • Hearing aids and glasses, if required
  • Drink bottle and any snacks you require

Morning tea or afternoon tea is provided for your convenience. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let our staff know.