Pediatric rehabilitation is designed to improve the abilities of children and young people following major injury, illness or medical procedures which affect their function. Pediatric rehabilitation programs aim to maximize the ability of the child to participate in activities at home, school, and the community. Families and caregivers play a key role in the rehabilitation program. An individualized program is designed to achieve specific goals in areas such as mobility, self-care, and communication. Suitability for rehabilitation is assessed on an individual basis. Services are offered until young people have completed secondary schooling and include a transition to adult-based services when appropriate.
To produce excellence in clinical care, and patient education in pediatric rehabilitation.
To provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary rehabilitation program in the context of the child & young persons developmental needs.
To work in partnership with families and communities to produce the best possible outcome for each child.
To work in partnership with schools to maximize educational opportunities for each child.
To contribute to the expertise of community service providers in pediatric rehabilitation through education, training, and support.
To develop and support a culture of professional excellence within the rehabilitation team through participation in continuing education, mentoring and ongoing evaluation of service provision.
To strengthen the evidence basis for pediatric rehabilitation through an active research program.
To ensure quality and safety of services through a process of ongoing evaluation.