Community Rehabilitation Centres

Service overview

Community Rehabilitation Centres provide assessment and short-medium term rehabilitation programs for people who have a physical disability, are frail, chronically ill with a recent change in function or recovering from traumatic injury or illness. The primary focus is an interdisciplinary team approach with client agreed treatment goals.

Community Rehabilitation is run from centres at Kew and Fairfield.

Team members

  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Social Worker
  • Dietitian
  • Orthotist
  • Podiatrist
  • Allied Health Assistants
  • Access to Rehabilitation consultant if required

Service delivery

  • Kew Community Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) - Monday to Friday 8:00 – 4:30
  • Fairfield Community Rehabilitation Centre – Monday to Thursday 8:00-4:30
  • Short- medium term length of stay (approximately 8 weeks)     
  • Sessions are delivered in either individual or group sessions

Eligibility criteria

  • Resides in the City of Boroondara, City of Yarra or City of Darebin.
    For home based services person must live south of Bell Street for City of Darebin.  
  • Must have identified and achievable goals and will benefit from short to medium term rehabilitation either as a result of an acute illness, injury, or surgery, or an exacerbation of a chronic condition resulting in a change in function.
  • Must be willing and able to actively participate in rehabilitation (medically, physically, cognitively, and psychosocially)
  • Community rehabilitation is the appropriate service to meet their needs and address their goals
  • Must be stable and have a GP willing to provide medical support
  • CRC clients must be willing and safe to travel into centre. Clients are encouraged to provide their own transport, but assistance with taxi costs can be provided.
  • Clients need to be living independently, with low level care supports
  • No identifiable risks to the client or staff of providing services
  • Rehabilitation does not include monitoring or maintenance or referrals for assessment only 

Referral process

Referrals to be sent to the access unit - HIP intake

Phone: 1300 131 470 (select option 1)

Fax: 9231 2202


Contact details 

Community Rehabilitation Centre, Kew
St George’s Health Service
283 Cotham Road, Kew   3101
Phone: 9231 8660

Community Rehabilitation Centre, Fairfield.
440 Heidelberg Road, Fairfield   3078 
Phone: 9906 5600