Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program is aimed to support people with cardiac, heart failure and pulmonary conditions. The program is aimed to help you recover from your recent hospital admission, surgery or procedure. The program is focused on improving the self-management of chronic conditions or improve your fitness, symptoms and well-being.

What is the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program?

  • Includes Cardiac Rehabilitation, Heart Failure Rehabilitation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • Program for people with heart or lung conditions.
  • Designed to improve your physical health and wellbeing.

What can I expect from the program?

  • Initial assessment with the Nurse or Physiotherapist to discuss your health needs and goals.
  • Group exercise program for 8 weeks.
  • Group education sessions for 8 weeks.
  • Face to face service only.
  • Program cost is $7 per session.

How will this program help me?

  • Understand your heart or lung condition.
  • Recover from the surgery, procedure or hospital stay.
  • Improve your confidence doing everyday activities.
  • Returning to work.
  • Overall health.

Who runs the program?

  • Allied Health Assistant.
  • Nurse.
  • Physiotherapist.
  • Additional allied health professionals as needed.

Where is the program?

St George's Hospital, Kew

  • Services available are Cardiac, Heart Failure and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
  • 283 Cotham Rd, Kew Vic 3101


Fairfield Community Rehabilitation Centre

  • Services available are Cardiac Rehabilitation only.
  • 440 Heidelberg Rd, Fairfield VIC 3078

Alternative Rehabilitation services


Referral inclusion criteria

  • Recent hospital admission due to your heart or lung condition.
  • Risk of developing coronary artery disease or worsening cardiovascular disease, including referral from local or specialist doctor.
  • Risk of lung disease worsening including referral from local or specialist doctor.
  • Recent heart or lung surgery or procedure.
  • Ability to participate in group exercise classes.


Exclusion criteria

  • Unstable cardiovascular disease or pulmonary disease. For example, unstable angina, unstable pulmonary HTN or uncontrolled arrythmias.
  • Coexisting condition that would limit ability to participate in group exercise classes. For example, cognitive impairment.
  • If you are unsure please contact us to discuss the referral.

Referrals must include the following information:

  • Please use this form to refer.
  • Patient details and contact numbers.
  • Reason for referral.
  • Current and past medical history.
  • Operation or procedural reports.
  • Discharge summaries.
  • Diagnostic tests relevant to the reason for referral.
    Referrals with inadequate information will not be accepted.

How to refer

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