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Community classes

Lady Davidson Private Hospital is committed to providing high quality, beneficial and challenging classes for our local community.

Our goal is to improve the general fitness and well-being of our participants in an enjoyable and stimulating environment.

Participants will now be able to secure a place in their preferred class (day and time), and the class sizes will be limited.



These popular classes are aimed at improving cardio-vascular fitness, general muscle strength and flexibility, as well as endurance and tone.

There are a maximum number of participants per class to ensure optimal space for exercising. The classes are run by experienced Exercise Physiologists.

As per the other hydrotherapy classes, participants initially require a medical clearance from their General Practitioner or Physiotherapist to exercise in warm water.

This hydrotherapy class is specifically designed for people who suffer with chronic low back pain.

There are a maximum number of participants per class to ensure optimal space for exercising.

The classes are run by experienced Exercise Physiologists.

As per the other hydrotherapy classes, participants initially require a medical clearance from their General Practitioner or Physiotherapist to exercise in warm water.

  • A five minute interval at both the start and completion of each class will be available for staff change-over, class set-up and class completion.
  • Classes will be 50 minutes in duration.
  • Lady Davidson Private Hospital will determine whether a class is appropriate for individual participants, and reserves the right to change the class if required.
  • Medical or physiotherapy clearance is required for all new participants, and all participants with a hospital admission in the previous three months.
  • No entry or participation in a class will be possible without prior booking.
  • Where applicable, classes will be adapted to individual needs and exercise progression monitored.

Hydrotherapy exercise sessions are available to people who have recently been inpatients or outpatients at Lady Davidson Hospital.

The sessions are available to participants who no longer require guidance in the pool but are eager to continue with an independent exercise program in water.

Participants must have previously been under the care of a physiotherapist at Lady Davidson Hospital.

Small group classes incorporating strength and aerobic exercises as well as balance training. The classes are designed to accommodate varying levels of functionality.

The Community Stable Balance class is suitable for participants who are currently using a walking frame. Most participants will progress on to the Active Balance class on completion of this program.

The Community Active Balance Class is suitable for participants who are more active and may be using a walking stick or are walking unaided. This class is designed to keep you active and confident in the community.

Neurology Land Based Exercises
Tuesday 11.30am - 12.30pm
Friday 3:30pm - 4:30pm

An individually tailored exercise program run by a physiotherapist. Suitable for all neurological conditions, including stroke, MS, neuro-oncological conditions or spinal cord injuries

Parkinson’s Challengers
Monday 3:30pm - 4:30pm

High amplitude exercises for people who have completed our LSVT program. Speech therapy is also available to participants in this class.

Parkinson’s Challengers
Thursday 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Supervised aerobic gym exercise for people with Parkinson's Disease, high amplitude exercises for people who have completed our LSVT program

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

  • 8:00am
  • 3:00pm

Tuesday

  • 7:30am
  • 3:00pm

The program is ideal for people who want to start exercising or continue progressing their exercises. Our exercise sessions are held in the main gym in a fun and friendly group environment, supervised by an Exercise Physiologist.

These sessions aim to increase your physical fitness, muscular strength and cardio-vascular health. Your exercise program is prescribed to your individual needs and it is regularly updated to suit your goals.

Monday
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Thursday
8:30am - 9:30am

An ancient Chinese martial art, today Tai Chi is being practised all around the world and is recognised as one of the most effective exercises for improving physical and mental well-being.

Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise, focusing on slow, well-controlled movements, it is excellent for improving balance, posture, movement of the joints, good breathing control, and physical and mental relaxation. It is low impact and therefore suitable for people with joint pain and arthritis.

This program will:

  • Boost confidence
  • Increase and strength balance
  • Improve posture.

The fluid, slow movements of Tai Chi make it an excellent form of low-intensity exercise for most people.

As Tai Chi focuses on balance, leg strength, posture and breathing control, it can greatly assist those with conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Reduced balance and previous falls
  • Respiratory conditions.

Additional Outpatient Services

Lady Davidson Private Hospital is a specialised Bioness L300 Fitting Centre.

The Bioness L300 is an FES (functional electrical stimulation) device that is worn on the leg and sends low level impulses to the nerves, stimulating the muscles to lift the foot.

It improves the patients’ ability to walk and regain function after stroke, brain injury, incomplete spinal cord injury or those with MS or cerebral palsy.

To make an appointment to attend the Bioness Fitting Centre call 02 9488 0130 or 02 9488 0257.

To discuss the Bioness device with a therapist, call 02 9488 0169.

The Driver Assessment program is run by a qualified Occupational Therapist registered with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

This service is provided to clients who have medical conditions or disabilities which may affect their ability to drive safely.

Clients are assessed for their safety and if necessary, this is assisted by vehicular modifications, driving lessons, or applying specific conditions to the licence.

What does the assessment involve?

  • A medical report is required from the local doctor or specialist. If there are visual problems then these must be detailed in the report.
  • The ‘off road’ assessment helps to determine the client's preparedness for driving. It includes a physical and cognitive assessment, visual assessment, road law knowledge, medical and driving history. This may take up to two hours to complete.
  • The ‘on road’ assessment is performed to evaluate the client's driving skills. It is completed using a dual controlled car with a driving instructor and Occupational Therapist. This may take between one and two hours.
  • After the assessments, recommendations are made and a report sent RMS and the referring doctor.

How to arrange an assessment

  • An Occupational Therapy Driving Assessment can be initiated by the local medical practitioner, specialist, client or client’s family/carer.
  • A referral and Roads and Maritime Medical report for drivers is required.


Hydrotherapy is a therapy that forms part of many of the programs at Lady Davidson Private Hospital.

It is a form of physiotherapy conducted an in a heated pool (32-34°C) where the properties of water are used to achieve specific therapeutic goals.

All exercises are performed with the head above water and closely supervised or assisted at all times.

The benefits of warm water exercise:

  • General relaxation
  • Improved heart and lung function
  • Improved muscle strength, endurance and general fitness level through low impact exercise
  • Improved posture
  • Reduced load on body
  • Relief of tension.

Hydrotherapy is ideal for:

  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Fitness training
  • Hip/knee joint replacement
  • Musculoskeletal disease e.g. osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Post orthopaedic fractures or surgery.

Hydrotherapy sessions are conducted by physiotherapists who guide patients through their exercises.

Many of the physiotherapists hold post-graduate hydrotherapy qualifications.

It is not necessary for patients to be able to swim, as exercises can be completed in either shallow or deep water.

Hydrotherapy exercises can be very gentle and easier than on land, with the water property of buoyancy.

Together with the effect of the warmth of the water, hydrotherapy provides an environment which encourages and facilitates movement.

Your safety is our priority and a staff member is always present to provide support and guidance as required.

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