• Dr Graham Wong
  • Dr Michael Ponsford
  • Dr Barry Rawicki
  • Dr Brinda Thirugnanam
  • Dr Nathan Johns
  • Dr Premini Thanarajah
  • Dr Tom Hale
  • Dr Michael Vagg
  • Dr Kerry O'Meara
  • Dr Stephen de Graaff
  • Prof Paul Fitzgerald


The Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit focuses on conducting innovative research on outcomes following injuries requiring rehabilitation. Led by Professor John Olver, research includes:

  • Measuring the nature of sleep of patients in the acute stages following traumatic brain injury
  • Monitoring the long-term outcomes of patients post stroke

EMReM also regularly audits primary indicators of rehabilitation outcome.

Our performance

Functional Independence Measure

Functional status represents a patient’s ability to perform daily activities. This is calculated using the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), a standardised scale incorporating various aspects of physical and mental function.

To evaluate patient outcomes we compare FIM change (difference in patient’s functional ability from admission to discharge) against similar private hospitals (our benchmark) and national averages (including public and private hospitals). Outcomes can fluctuate depending on patient demographics and injury characteristics such as age, severity of injury and impairment type. Benchmarking is provided by the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC).

*AROC performance data currently live is from 2016

Higher numbers mean better functional outcomes for patients. On average, Epworth provides better outcomes than the national benchmarks.

Brain injury

Orthopaedic replacements




Length of stay

We also measure the rehabilitation length of patient stay and compare these to benchmarks provided by Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC).

Lower numbers indicate a shorter length of stay. This is more beneficial for the patient, allowing them to continue their recovery in the comfort of their own home. For all patient groups, Epworth Rehabilitation provides patients with better outcomes than the national benchmarks and may provide ongoing support and care, as needed.

Combined stroke

Brain injury (trauma)

Orthopaedic replacements




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Bed days

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Condition treated

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Amputation and limb loss
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cardiac events
  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cerebral tumour
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cognitive and memory issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Hypoxic brain damage
  • Insomnia
  • Joint replacement
  • Knee arthritis
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myopathy
  • Neurogenic bladder
  • Neurogenic bowel
  • Narcolepsy
  • Paraplegia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Peripheral nerve problems
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post polio syndrome
  • Running injuries
  • Sleep disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal cord injuries and disorders
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolysis/spondylolisthesis
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Stroke
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic brain injury


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