The Barwon Health Foundation Kids Appeal will be raising funds for a brand new rehabilitation centre for Geelong children and youth. This exciting new project will only be possible with local support and will be fully funded by the community.
The state-of-the-art centre will include a gym, consulting rooms, a therapy kitchen, playground and private treatment rooms. It is hoped this project will reach its goal of $3 million within three years, through generous community support.
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About our new community project
The Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS) is a service just for young people in the Barwon South West Region. The focus of the service is on ‘kids leading kids’ lives’: going to school, being with friends and enjoying hobbies and sports.
Since 2009, clinicians and specialists at the VPRS have been working with children from infancy to late adolescence (0-18), including those with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and spinal cord injuries. Others, such as those with cerebral palsy, have been involved in rehabilitation following medical treatments including surgery or Botox injection.
Treatments range from physical, speech and occupational therapy to social work and clinical psychology. Neuropsychologists also help with recovery from changes in thinking and behaviour.
In 2016, the VPRS saw 156 patients from the Geelong region and assisted 108 in the first half of 2017. Many of these children and youth have had an acquired brain injury (injuries to the brain from car accidents, falls, strokes and brain tumors).
It is estimated about 20,000 Australian children aged under 15 years have an acquired brain injury.
Others have had spinal cord injuries or had surgery to muscles, bones or tendons to allow more free movement.
These children are currently treated in the Community Rehabilitation Centre at the McKellar Centre, which has been designed for adults. However, children are not ‘little adults’ and local families need facilities designed just for them. To tailor programs to each child and family’s needs, Geelong needs a specific rehabilitation facility for children and youth.
The new centre will be designed just for children:
The new centre will include: