Stroke is life-changing. Besides physical health, it affects a person’s emotional wellbeing, family and finances. For most survivors, recovery is not about going back to how they were before the stroke.
People tell me that, for them, recovery means being supported to get on with their lives and achieve the best possible, individual, quality of life.
In Canberra, we have many options for rehabilitation and exercise after you have had a stroke. Your first stop must be the UC Hospital Stroke Rehab Unit.
After this come and see me, in a private clinic where we can work one on one, making you stronger and healthy again.
What to do Now?
There is no doubt that people like you who have had a stroke are determined to get walking independently again.
To achieve this, you you need time, concentration and muscle strength. Let's work together and start rebuilding the new you now, so you can move better in the future.
What to Expect
In our first session, we will chat to see where you are at in terms of movement, mental health and what supports you currently have.
I want to get you moving as soon as possible. Let's have a look at how strong your legs are, how your upper body moves and how much you are smiling.
Hard work, I know.
Wear some comfortable clothes, have someone come with you, enjoy the quiet but productive space and my bad jokes.
When you are ready, book by clicking the button above and choose, Free half hour chat or exercise physiology session if you are ready to go.
For you convenience, I have included below more resources on stroke rehabilitation exercise in Canberra.
The Best Resources for Stroke Rehabilitation Exercise In Canberra
As mentioned above Accelr8 Rehab is the best place for you if you need to start exercising when you have had a stroke. Exercise Physiology prescription along with massage is a great combination to get you moving and mobile.
The University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) has 4 inpatient rehabilitation that provide specialised and dedicated care to various people in the community.
Admission to each unit is based on an initial assessment and your individual needs.
Each unit provides single, 2 bedroom or 4 bedroom accommodation.
Nursing staff are available on each ward 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with any concerns you may have.
What do we do at Neurospace?
Our focus is on providing rehabilitation to meet the needs of people with diagnosis or damage to neurological or sensory systems, or those with other complex rehabilitation conditions. The therapy we offer at Neurospace is particularly targeted at long-standing and difficult problems.
We pride ourselves on being able to help almost anyone with movement difficulties and we place emphasis on you gaining quality of life and meaning from our therapy.
Using focused movement training, the use of tailored equipment and modifications to your environment, Neurospace can support you to achieve your goals and maximise your ability to participate in life's activities.
Our team of therapists includes physiotherapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists and therapy assistants. We aim to provide you with comprehensive and personally tailored treatment.
We also offer a range of programs including groups on land and in water to further extend our capacity to help you.
Our therapy is particularly targeted at complex movement problems that may be contributing to unsteadiness and pain. We are proud to be able to help almost anyone with movement difficulties and we place emphasis on you gaining quality of life and meaning from our therapy to create a 'Benefit for Life'.
We provide a team approach with physiotherapy, exercise physiology and massage therapy using innovative ideas, and seeking to address your specific goals.
We are particularly known for working with people with movement problems due to damage to the nervous and/or sensory systems. This includes movement problems due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, recovery from neurosurgery, peripheral neuropathies, muscular dystrophies, Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injury, and motor neurone disease.
We have a special interest in managing people with dizziness and difficulties with falling, and apply a systematic approach to your assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation.
We are able to apply these skills to solving musculoskeletal issues and injuries and enjoy being to help you by correcting alignment and motor control.
We have been pioneering the use of laser therapy for neurological conditions and have been able to successfully to reduce pain and accelerate healing in other conditions such as arthritis.
Neurospace has been providing rehabilitation to the Canberra and surrounds since February 2009 and has grown significantly to service the local community.
Rebecca Hands is back at work just months after having a stroke, and she credits a potentially life-saving procedure with her recovery — but the time-sensitive operation will continue to only be offered in Canberra during business hours until the end of the year.
- Endovascular clot retrieval is currently only available at Canberra Hospital on weekdays between 9:00am-5:00pm
- The treatment can have a remarkable impact on stroke sufferers, but must be administered quickly
- Canberra Hospital will move to a 24/7 availability by the end of the year
Ms Hands, 42, began developing symptoms of a stroke over a weekend in February this year.
"I suppose somebody of my age wouldn't expect to be having a stroke," she said.
"So the symptoms I did have, such as blurriness and a headache, sort of progressed to where I was unable to use the left side of my body.
"I started dropping things … but, not expecting to have had a stroke, I just put that down to being tired."
It was not until later on Sunday afternoon that she went to the emergency department of her local hospital for help and was later diagnosed as having had a stroke.
Our Neurological and Parkinson’s disease services are based on achieving your goals.
On your first visit we will conduct a thorough neurological assessment and assess your ability to perform functional tasks. Our treatment sessions are individualized and designed specifically to improve function, quality of life and prevent any complications of your specific conditions. Treatments are holistic and include carer and family involvement whenever appropriate.
Specific conditions include:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Motor neuron disease
- Muscular dystrophy
- Cerebral palsy
- Acquired brain injury.
- Aged care assessments including multiple medical conditions.
- Complex cases: (e.g. balance problems, joint replacements, arthritis, impaired vision and diabetes).
Please Contact us if you are interested in individual sessions, carer training, home programs, aquatic programs or group programs.
With the GRIFFIN Accelerator of 2019 nearly a third of the way through, it is time to meet another member of the cohort.
Christian Doran is a known Canberra filmmaker and producer who is now using his passion for media to help a patient’s recovery from strokes easier using technology.
What is your company name?
How would you explain your company to a toddler?
RecoveryVR is a virtual reality tool to help people rehabilitate after having a stroke by getting them moving in a fun and engaging way. Patients can put on our VR headset and play games, get one-on-one therapy or exercise outside, all from the safety and comfort of their hospital bed or home.
How would you explain your company to an investor?
RecoveryVR is an instant, engaging system for stroke rehabilitation that focuses on reducing wait times for professional therapy in regional areas. Using the latest virtual reality technology patients are motivated to get their mind and upper-body moving through one-on-one therapy videos, outdoor exercise, mini-games and imagery for those with no movement at all. RecoveryVR helps patients perform meaningful, evidence-based clinical practice in the hospital or the comfort of their own home.
What made you start your business? Was there a turning point that helped you take the leap?
The truth is I wanted an office in the building where I work. I was dreaming about it so I drew a plan of how I would arrange the furniture. For some reason I put an exercise machine in the corner and thought I’d get a VR headset so I could exercise anywhere in the world but when I went to find the app there was none. That lead me down a rabbit hole of development, which lead to research into rehabilitation, which lead me to an amazing team of researchers at the University of Canberra Rehabilitation Hospital and an ICON Grant. I’m a little bit closer to that office…
What part of being in GRIFFIN are you most excited about?
I’m excited about Griffin because of the mentoring opportunities. I want to surround myself with people who have done all of this before and have succeeded. Being placed together in group with other startups is a great opportunity too, so we can share knowledge and support through the process.
What part of GRIFFIN are you most scared of?
I’m afraid of disappointing people! Not just the team at Griffin but also my new customers and their clients. I want to build the best product possible and that’s going to take a lot of work to get right. I’ve got to remind myself that nothing is ever perfect and feedback on a project unfinished just helps to make the final product even better, so show it to everyone all the time!
What do you expect to achieve and learn in this program over the next 12 weeks?
I expect to learn how to engage in the act of selling. The kind of selling that is through relationships and connections. I don’t have a lot of sales experience, but I believe in my product and I’m ready to get it out there into the marketplace.
HighlightsStroke poses a significant burden on patients and their families as well as on the health system and aged care services…
• Stroke caused 9,006 deaths in Australia in 2003, almost 7% of all deaths.• In 2003 there were an estimated 346,700 survivors of stroke.
• About 282,600 Australians with stroke had a disability and in around 146,400 of these people the disability resulted from their stroke.
• Most stroke survivors live at home, with only 12% in cared accommodation. This also applies to disabled people with stroke, 15% of whom live in cared accommodation.
• About half of stroke survivors with disability living at home needed assistance with health care, household chores, home maintenance, mobility and transport; and around one in four needed help with self care, cognitive or emotional tasks, meal preparation and paperwork.
• The vast majority of people with stroke had a carer and, excluding people in institutions, informal carers provided most of the assistance with activities. More than half of primary carers spent 40 hours or more each week in their caring role and for about one in four their caring responsibilities adversely affected their income.
• In 2002–03 there were 68,866 hospital separations with a principal diagnosis of stroke, its sequelae, and rehabilitation for stroke or its sequelae, taking up 1,073,645 patient days.
• There were an estimated 269,000 general practice encounters for stroke problems per year over the period April 1998–March 2004.
• The ageing of the Australian population will drive an increase in the number of strokes in the future unless incidence rates fall by 2–3% or more per year.There are signs of improvements in the care of patients with stroke…
• The number of stroke care units in public hospitals increased from 35 to 50 between 1999and 2004.
• Hospitals with stroke care units were more likely to have rapid triage and rapid assessment of patients with acute stroke, on-site access to diagnostic equipment, care protocols in place and rehabilitation services.
• A large proportion of people who had had a stroke reported taking medications to help prevent recurrent strokes.
• At least 90% of stroke survivors who needed assistance with activities while living at home were receiving it. About 169,700 people with stroke and disability received informal assistance and an estimated 128,000 received formal assistance in 2003.But work still needs to be done…
• In Australia 23% of eligible public hospitals provided organised stroke services in 2004.This is quite low compared with some other countries.
• Although most people in the community recognise stroke is an emergency, and many know what a stroke is, very few are aware of stroke signs and symptoms. x
• The prevalence of other conditions and modifiable risk factors for stroke remains high among people who have had a stroke, putting them at even higher risk of further events.
• Stroke survivors rely heavily on informal carers for assistance with activities, but only a minority of primary carers access respite care services.And data gaps limit our knowledge in several areas…
• There is no national information on the time elapsed between onset of stroke symptoms, presentation to hospital and start of emergency care; timing of recommended investigations and treatments; medications used in hospital; formal care services delivered to survivors of stroke; or incidence of stroke.
At Calvary Public Hospital Bruce we provide specialist TIA and Stroke clinics.
There is also a 4 bed Stroke unit providing specialist neurology care for patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and an acute stroke team for delivery of intravenous thrombolysis in appropriate patients.
Referral by GP, ED, another hospital, specialist or healthcare provider.
On the eve of National Stroke Week, ACT Labor has committed to build on its strong record of delivering quality stroke services in the ACT by improving care for stroke survivors after they leave hospital.
If re-elected, an ACT Labor Government would provide $320,000 over four years to the StrokeFoundation to recruit a dedicated care coordinator to link patients who have left hospital with clinical, rehabilitation and social services recovery.
The Stroke Foundation would receive $80,000 each year to employ the coordinator to help support an estimated 450 Canberra stroke survivors as well as allow the organisation to collate data to improve the quality of services for stroke patients who have left hospital.
The plan is modelled on a program trialled in Queensland that has had great success. It would allow the Stroke Foundation to provide comprehensive post-hospital support to stroke patients, their carer and families with a patient follow up and referral service.
Healthcare has always been a priority for ACT Labor. That’s why we’re already expanding the emergency department, building a new teaching hospital and opening two more free nurse walk-in centres. And it’s why we will invest even more in support for stroke survivors and stroke-related services.
There is increasing demand for stroke-related services in Canberra. Stroke is among the three largest causes of death in Australia and a leading cause of disability. One in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime, and the number of admissions to Canberra Hospital’s stroke unit has increased by more than 30% in the last decade.
These new funding measures for the Stroke Foundation build on Labor’s existing commitment to stroke patients. In the 2016/17 ACT Budget Labor committed $5 million in funding to cutting edge technology and specialised staff to carry out more interventions for the treatment of stroke.
With Stroke Week starting tomorrow, this timely announcement once again shows Labor’s commitment to health support services for Canberrans.When it comes to investing in health, Canberrans know they can trust Labor.
Only Labor will continue to support and employ more doctors and nurses, who already deliver more than a million health services a year to Canberrans.
A new research project underway at the University of Canberra is using digital wristbands to help stroke survivors regain strength and function in their arms.
It’s estimated more than 475,000 Australians are living with the effects of stroke, which can include a sudden lack of strength, control and stamina in the limbs. This can make it difficult for them to complete daily tasks by themselves.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours student Amy Webb is investigating whether exercises using a digital wristband can help patients regain lost arm strength and reclaim their independence.
“The focus of rehabilitation is often about getting stroke patients back on their feet to help them move around and keep active,” Ms Webb said. “For this reason, there isn’t as much time for rehab work done in the area of regaining arm strength”.
Ms Webb is looking for participants who are recovering from stroke but still have weakness in their arm to take part in the study. Participants will be loaned a digital wristband to wear and asked to complete a series of exercises which are part of a game, each day for four weeks.
“I hope that by playing a game, which is controlled by the wristband for 20 minutes a day, we can set participants on a path to regain their lost arm strength and function,” Ms Webb said.
She said losing arm strength after a stroke can mean the difference between a survivor having their independence or relying on a carer to help them complete daily tasks like cooking or getting dressed.
Assistant Professor of Physiotherapy Elisabeth Preston, who is supervising the project, said rehabilitation should focus on getting a patient as fit as possible, not just focusing on their leg strength.
“Strokes don’t just affect the elderly, with figures showing about 30 per cent of people who have a stroke are under the age of 65. They are still working, playing sport and raising their family,” Dr Preston said.
“We want recovery to be about aiming for a return to full function, not just about getting a person back on their feet,” she added.
People interested in taking part in the study can contact Dr Preston – [email protected]