Strengthening the Approach to Interdisciplinary Teamwork in Community Rehabilitation

Nicky Kay1, Clare Short

1THS, Hobart, Australia

The Community Rehabilitation Unit (CRU) consists of a large Interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation nursing and allied health professionals that provide rehabilitation services to adult clients living in Southern Tasmania.

Increasing demand on health services has had a flow on effect to the community sector and in response to this, CRU has undertaken a major project to review team processes including:

  • Quality and timing of communication both internally and externally
  • Processes related to interdisciplinary client centred goal setting and client centred rehabilitation planning
  • Ways to reduce potential duplication of effort and improve aspects of client care co-ordination
  • Promoting and further developing specialty areas and expertise related to provision of rehabilitation services

These are changes that continue to be evaluated and developed using outcome measures and this presentation aims to share the changes, results and experiences with others.



Nicky and Clare are experienced rehabilitation clinicians who have worked at the Community Rehabilitation (CRU) for many years. They form part of the Clinical leadership Group that has been instrumental in leading a change process at CRU to improve processes associated with care co-ordination and rehabilitation program planning for clients receiving rehabilitation services in Southern Tasmania.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission - Monday 14 August 2017
Early Bird - Friday 27 October 2017
Symposium - Friday 10 November 2017


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