Sydney Stroke Rehabilitation Centre

Stroke Recovery & Management in Sydney

What is a Stroke?

A stroke is when there is a problem with the blood supply to the brain. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients for your brain cells. The brain is our control centre, it controls how we think, move, feel and communicate. If the blood supply is interrupted then brain cells start dying. How a stroke affects you depends on the area of the brain that is injured and how badly. When the symptoms of a stroke last only a short time (less than an hour), this is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in Australia. Common symptoms following a stroke include weakness of the arm or leg, reduced mobility, communication and swallowing problems, thinking difficulties, fatigue and pain. Many people discharged home from acute hospitals following a stroke continue to experience difficulties related to stroke. If this sounds like you or someone you know, then our Stroke Rehabilitation Day Program may be of assistance.

What are the most common types of strokes?

There are 2 types of stroke: Ischaemic stroke (caused by a blockage to the blood flow to the brain) and haemorrhagic stroke (caused by bleeding into the brain – also known as intracerebral haemorrhage, or around the brain – called a subarachnoid haemorrhage).

Treatment and rehabilitation after stroke can help you to relearn skills and improve your quality of life. The sooner you begin stroke rehabilitation, the more likely you will be to regain abilities and skills.

The Sydney Stroke Rehabilitation Centre at MetroRehab Hospital specialises in rehabilitation for stroke patients. If you or a loved one has experienced a stroke, there is simply no better place to turn.

What are the different types of strokes our rehabilitation programs assist?

Ischaemic stroke

A stroke caused by a blood clot is called an ischaemic stroke. The brain relies on arteries to bring fresh blood from the heart and the lungs. This blood contains essential oxygen and nutrients for the brain and takes away carbon dioxide and cellular waste. If these arteries become blocked the brain cells cannot make enough energy and will stop working.

Haemorrhagic stroke

A stroke caused by a break in the wall of a blood vessel in the brain is called a haemorrhagic stroke. The break causes blood to leak into the brain, stopping the delivery of oxygen and nutrients. Haemorrhagic stroke can be caused by a number of disorders which affect the blood vessels, including long-standing high blood pressure and cerebral aneurysms. The most common cause of a haemorrhagic stroke is high blood pressure, with many people not realising that they have high blood pressure.

Multidisciplinary rehabilitation

At the Sydney Stroke Rehabilitation Centre, we believe in a multidisciplinary rehabilitation approach. Studies have shown that a multidisciplinary approach achieves the best outcomes in stroke rehabilitation.

Under the direction of a rehabilitation specialist, you will be assessed by our experienced therapists. We bring together the combined expertise of the therapists and a tailored a rehabilitation plan utilising the most appropriate mix of therapies to support you to achieve your goals.

Your expectations and aspirations will be integral to the planning process as we work with you towards recovery and increased independence.

Our team will assess your achievement regularly, set a realistic timeframe for discharge and coordinate your continued care. We encourage a family conference for both you and your loved ones to learn more about your condition and your progress during rehabilitation.

Specialised equipment

MetroRehab Hospital offers a range of specialised equipment for stroke rehabilitation including:

  • Litegait training – partial body weight support treadmill system for gait retraining.
  • Bioness L300 – advanced Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) system to improve muscle activity in the leg when walking.
  • Saebo – a custom fabricated mechanical orthosis that allows incorporation of the affected arm into functional upper limb retraining or reach and grasp.
  • Thera-trainer tigo – a versatile leg and arm trainer that facilitates functional recovery and improved motor skills by allowing the patient to exercise their legs and upper body with or without motorised assistance – whilst sitting in a chair or wheelchair.

Commitment to national stroke standards

The Sydney Stroke Rehabilitation Centre at MetroRehab Hospital participates in the bi-annual National Stroke Foundation Rehabilitation Audit and we are proud to be excelling in the following areas:

  • 100% of the time our patients were involved in their goal setting.
  • 100% of the time carers received relevant training.
  • Best practice and evidence-based intensity of therapy is met.
  • Dedicated specialised stroke (or neuro-rehab) team.

Other advantages when choosing The Sydney Stroke Rehabilitation Centre at MetroRehab Hospital for your stroke rehabilitation:

  • Spasticity management: Specialised assessment/treatment by accredited doctors including Botulinum Toxin injections and personalised multidisciplinary management programs
  • Hydrotherapy: gravity-free movement in a warm therapeutic environment can be an effective component of a neurological rehabilitation program; buoyancy can aid your range of movement and allow you to build on your fitness, balance and strength
  • A dedicated stroke/neurological rehabilitation services coordinator allocated to your rehabilitation to provide education and support to you and your family.

For more information on our stroke rehabilitation program, contact us on (02) 8585 4900 or e-mail our friendly team at


MetroRehab Hospital has established contracts with all major health insurers and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. In many cases the fee is covered by the health insurer, however you should check with your fund if you have any additional charges specific to your health policy. We also cater for full fee paying patients who do not have private health insurance.

Inpatient Program Details  

For all inpatient enquiries please contact our Rehabilitation Coordinator on: (02) 8585 4900 E or complete an inpatient referral form

Day Program Details 

For all bookings and enquiries please contact our Day Program Coordinator on: P (02) 8585 4914 or complete a day program referral form 


Stroke rehabilitation program brochure


stroke Rehabilitation Day brochure