Rehabilitation following severe trauma can be a long and arduous journey with many months spent in hospital, however the rehabilitation process continues for months to years following hospital discharge. Severe Traumatic injuries most commonly affect younger people and cause life-long impairments in physical, cognitive, behavioural and social function. The best care is an interdisciplinary approach focusing on retraining in activities of daily living, pain management, cognitive and behavioural therapies and pharmacological management - Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, and many medical specialists are a few of the teams involved in this process.
The social burden of Severe Traumatic Injuries can be significant and family education and counselling and support of patients and carers is important.
Dr Helen Moonen has a keen interest in caring for patients following Acute trauma or serious illness after spending 5 years working in the WA State Rehabilitation Unit.
- Communication between all members of the care team and in many cases, the legal teams.
- Ongoing support in the community, monitoring for medical complications, behavioural and personality issues, social integration, carer coping skills and return to work issues.
If you have suffered a severe traumatic injury and would like to meet Dr Moonen to discuss the coordination of your care going forward, please book a double appointment and bring along as much information as possible from your hospital stay or Outpatient reports.