Fun and modern rehabilitation space to help kids recover faster
A fun and modern rehabilitation space to help kids recover faster and get back to normal life after illness or injury has been unveiled in the new Monash Children’s Hospital.
The Victorian Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy yesterday had an early look at new Monash Children’s Hospital rehabilitation spaces, which will provide therapy for thousands of young patients each year, as well as specifically-built services for children with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and neurological conditions.
It has spacious indoor and outdoor areas including a running and cycling track, room for basketball and ball games, a trampoline and a rock climbing incline.
The space has been clinically-designed with better and safer surfaces and more activities that physiotherapists can use to help children regain or improve their mobility.
Monash Children’s Hospital patient, Liam, 4 has been cared for by our Physiotherapy team since he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of 1.
Liam’s mum Mel said the new Monash Children’s Hospital is more like an adventure park than a hospital.
“The new Monash Children’s Hospital outdoor therapy space is making therapy fun, Liam won’t even realise he is doing it,” she said.
We were also delighted to host the Freemasons Foundation Victoria, who announced a $1.8 million philanthropic grant, which will support the Forrest ward in the new Monash Children’s Hospital.
Grand Master of Freemasons Victoria, Don Reynolds said the new hospital design and range of services is both inspirational and a major community resource that would help meet the demand of the growing community.
The bright and spacious ward has been designed so parents can stay at their child’s side until they are sedated, and be back with them when they wake up after a procedure.
Monash Children’s Hospital patient, Elliot, 11 has had multiple surgeries and will require more in the future.
“The new Monash Children’s Hospital is a lot more kid-friendly, it’s heaps bigger and it’s so colourful! It will make coming to hospital a lot easier,” he said.
Monash Children’s Hospital patient, Elliot, with his mum Michelle and Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy MP.
Monash Children’s Hospital patient, Liam testing out the new outdoor therapy running track.
Andre Clayton, Chairman of The Freemasons Foundation Victoria, Andrew Stripp, Monash Health Chief Executive, Grand Master of Freemasons Victoria, Don Reynolds and Victorian Minister for Health, The Hon. Jill Hennessy.
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