Starship Rehabilitation Service
Starship Rehabilitation Service provides a specialist tertiary paediatric rehabilitation service for children and adolescents who have functional limitations as a result of injury or illness, to ensure they return to active participation in their home and the community. The service works collaboratively with the Child Rehabilitation Service at the Wilson Centre to provide a range of rehabilitation services to children and adolescents living throughout New Zealand.
Who we are
The Starship Rehabilitation Service are a team of highly skilled professionals who work within a multidisciplinary model of care based around the child or adolescent's stage of rehabilitation, needs and goals.
Dr Kathryn Edward and Dr Eewei Lim
Dr Nichola Wilson
Child and Adolescent
Dr David Bettany
Rehabilitation Nurse Specialist
Dr Kathryn Murrell and Dr Sanchia Logie
Speech and Language Therapist
Services we provide
Specialist advice is provided to health professionals, current patients and their families, usually by telephone or email.
Patients are consulted in the acute inpatient setting in Starship Hospital. Early rehabilitation is provided by a multidisciplinary team, including ongoing review and advice as required.
Community Inpatient Service
The Community Inpatient service is delivered primarily by the Waitemata DHB multi-disciplinary Child Rehabilitation Service based at the Wilson Centre. We work collaboratively to provide a rehabilitation programme that supports children and adolescents transitioning back to their community.
Where patients attend outpatient, day patient and outreach clinics for regular review. Rehabilitation clinics are generally held at the Wilson Centre.
Specialised Rehabilitation Programme
Specialist review of spasticity and movement disorders management including Botulinum toxin programme.
Referring to the service
Referrals to the Starship Rehabilitation Service are accepted for children and adolescents living throughout New Zealand up to 15 years of age. Adolescents aged between 15 and 18 who are still at school can be referred for consultation. Paediatricians, Medical and Surgical Specialists and ACC Support Co-ordinators and Case Managers can refer to the service.
Rehabilitation services are provided for patients with the following conditions:
- Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Impairment
- Acquired neurological injury or illness eg Guillain-Barré
- Cerebral Palsy and other similar conditions
How to refer
To refer to the inpatient services, please contact the Paediatric Rehabilitation Consultant via the Starship Hospital operator (09) 3074949 to discuss the referral. The Paediatric Rehabilitation Consultants are available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
For health professionals referring a patient to outpatient rehabilitation service, please write a referral addressed to Dr Kathryn Edward, Clinical Lead, Starship Rehabilitation Service, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For general enquiries, or if there is uncertainty about the need for a referral, you can contact the team on (09) 3074949 ext 22651 for more information or send your enquiry by email to email@example.com
For enquiries about the Child Rehabilitation Service at the Wilson Centre, you can contact the service on (09) 488 4688 or refer to their website for more information https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/wilson-centre-for-children/.
See the video below for a tour of the Child Rehabilitation Service at the Wilson Centre.