Long COVID can have a significant effect on people’s quality of life, impacting 10-20% of COVID-19 patients regardless of infection severity.

Long COVID (or post-COVID-19 syndrome) is the presence of COVID-19 symptoms for more than 12 weeks following COVID-19 infection that cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis. Common symptoms include (but are not limited to) shortness of breath, fatigue, cognitive impairment (‘brain fog’), dizziness, mobility impairment, weight loss, joint and muscle pain and psychological symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD.

The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre have developed a fully-supervised 6-week reconditioning outpatient program for patients suffering from Long COVID, designed to support their graded return to activity and educate on the management of common symptoms.

With comprehensive medical supervision coordinated by Dr Damien Tharmaratnam, and defined rehabilitation outcomes, this program provides a structured recovery pathway including:

  • Exercise sessions under the instruction of a Physiotherapist
  • Skills development sessions delivered by a multidisciplinary team including Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists
  • Energy conservation, fatigue management and goal setting
  • Stress management and mindfulness
  • Functional nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits
  • Return to work, sport and hobbies

Patients will receive preliminary medical screening to determine suitability and establish a baseline to build on throughout the program. This program is evaluated based on routine outcome measure collection, including 6-minute walk test, Fatigue Scale for Motor and Cognitive Function and quality of life and depression anxiety and stress questionnaires. Progress within program and outcome measure achievements will be summarised and reported to referrers on program completion.

To refer your patients, please visit our website HERE or address a referral letter to Dr Damien Tharmartnam at The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre.


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