Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Combined Service
||(02) 9845 0722 - Vicki Roberts
(02) 9845 0728 - Jenny Wu
||(02) 9845 3685
||Children's Assessment Centre, Outpatients building, level 3
The Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Combined Service (ROC Service) offers a multi-disciplinary consultative and surgical service for children and adolescents with physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, and Arthrogryposis. The ROC team provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated service for each child's orthopaedic needs.
The ROC Service works in conjunction with the Physical Disability Service (PDC) which includes the Muscle Management Rehabilitation Program (MMRP), botulinum toxin clinics, intrathecal baclofen pump program and selective dorsal rhizotomy program.
When a child is referred to the ROC Service, the team will assess the amount of muscle contractures and deformities consider the developmental level of the child and assess the child's underlying strength and control of muscles. The team can then decide on appropriate management taking into consideration the family's preferences and needs.
Who can attend the clinic?
The ROCS sees children from birth to school leaving age that experience muscle contractures and bony deformities as part of their physical disability. Families can be referred by their Rehabilitation Specialist or Orthopaedic Surgeon with a written referral. With the family's permission, a questionnaire is sent to the child's community therapist/s to obtain information about ongoing therapy goals and concerns. Involved therapists are welcome to attend the clinic.
What do we offer?
Consultation, advice and surgery to correct muscle contractures and bony deformities as a result of physical disability. General aims of Orthopaedic surgery are to: increase or maintain functional mobility, prevent pain associated with abnormal hip development, relieve pain related to deformities and assist in ease of care.
The team co-ordinates and provides support for therapy needs arising from Orthopaedic surgery, ongoing Orthotics management for the child and family, and education and training to fellow clinicians within the wider community.
How to make an appointment
Contact the Orthopaedic Advanced Practise Nurse, on (02) 9845 0722.
Orthopaedic Advanced Practise Nurse
Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon