What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy uses manual therapies, exercise programs and electrotherapy techniques to treat musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, sports injuries or back pain), neurological conditions (such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries) and cardiothoracic conditions (such as emphysema, asthma, chronic bronchitis).

How do we help children in need of physiotherapy?

The physiotherapy departments at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick provide services to all patients of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. This includes not only tertiary referrals from health services within NSW, other states and internationally but also referrals for families residing in the South East Sydney Local Health District.

Services provided include the assessment and physiotherapy management of children on both an inpatient and outpatient basis and cover all the paediatric subspecialties including musculoskeletal, respiratory, neurology, burns, mental health, brain injury and rehabilitation. Therapy is provided individually, in groups and at clinics. We provide a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week acute respiratory care service. The departments are also involved in limited outreach programs.