Community Physiotherapy Services (CPS) offers community based rehabilitation, incorporating physical activity and education programs for adults with chronic conditions. Programs are designed to maximise functional ability and minimise the impact of chronic disease and related secondary complications.
Programs have been developed for chronic conditions that have been identified in research as benefiting from physical activity and/or specific rehabilitation programs. All programs incorporate evidence-based best practice, targeting physical activity and education to empower the client to better manage their own health and maximise their functional independence.
All programs are group based, staffed by Senior Physiotherapists and located in community venues such as recreation or Seniors Centres throughout the Perth Metropolitan area. Please note that most CPS classes do not run during school holiday periods due to community venues being used for school holiday programs.
What programs do we offer?
Condition Specific Programs
- Neuro Gym
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Cardiac Rehabilitation – Initial (Phase 2)
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Initial (Phase 2)
- Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Maintenance (Phase 3)
Please note that within the area of Pulmonary/Cardiovascular Rehabilitation:
- Phase 1 refers to inpatient rehabilitation
- Phase 2 refers to sub acute/early outpatient rehabilitation
- Phase 3 refers to maintenance rehabilitation.
CPS may have capacity to develop new classes if the need arises. Referrers are encouraged to contact the CPS office if they identify a clinical or geographical need for classes not currently available within CPS. Where possible CPS aims to provide for growing areas of clinical need that meet the criteria of our service by establishing new programs.
For a list of current CPS classes and venues, please go to the following link: CPS Classes and Venues (PDF 55KB)
Is my client suitable for Community Physiotherapy Programs?
CPS programs are designed for adults with a chronic disease who require physiotherapy intervention or supervision to start or return to physical activity and/or maintain their independence.
CPS does not provide one-on-one treatment, as all classes are run in a group setting. If you feel the client would benefit from individual treatment they should be referred to a practitioner who offers this service, with later referral to CPS if appropriate.
The client must be physically and cognitively appropriate to manage in a group setting and meet the criteria of independence in sit-to-stand and toileting/dressing in a community venue. If they require assistance they may still be appropriate for a CPS program if they have a carer, friend or relative to attend with them.
To avoid client dissatisfaction due to unrealistic expectations please inform clients that CPS does not routinely offer places on a long term basis. The aim of all the programs offered by CPS is to empower the client to manage their own physical activity.
CPS does not provide transport.
For further detail regarding referrals please see Referrer Information.
How to refer
Medical Practitioners or Allied Health Professionals can refer a client to CPS by completing a general CPS referral form (PDF) or a Program Specific Referral form for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Phase 2, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Phase 3, Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase 2, Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase 3, Neuro Gym and Parkinson's Disease classes. The completed form can then be faxed or posted to the address on the bottom of the referral form. Phone consultation with a Senior Physiotherapist to clarify the suitability of the client for direct referral is welcome (Phone 08 9224 1783). It is helpful if referrers can include a specific reason for referral on the form, and attach any relevant outcome measures, discharge summaries, or related medical information.
Please note both Medical and Allied Health Practitioners complete the same referral form. If a client has been referred by an Allied Health Provider, we also require medical clearance to participate in CPS classes via a Medical Review form (PDF). This does not need to be completed at the time of referral; if and when the client is allocated to a class, a Senior Physio will arrange for the client to have the medical review completed by their Doctor.
Priority is given to subacute clients referred from within the Public Health Service and those at risk of admission to the Public Health Service.
There is no cost involved in attending CPS classes, however hydrotherapy participants may incur a pool admission charge at some venues.