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Young Adult Rehabilitation Service (YARS)

Funding Stream DHB

Combined Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy short term intervention package (ie 3-6mths).
Aimed at increasing function and/or independence and establishing long term self-management strategies.


  • Age 15-64 years 
  • Age related or other disability
  • Likely to have health status or degree of independence by intervention
  •  Will make demonstrable rehabilitation gains by virtue of:
  1. Early intervention to arrest potentially deteriorating situation
  2. Intervention to maximize/maintain functional skill in the presence of a degenerative condition
  3.  Intervention to restore or minimize functional skills following a recent medical social or other episode.



E-Referral Process:

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In home programme

In home strength and balance programmes are most appropriate for those who have poor strength and balance and are too frail for or have no access to community strength and balance programs.
The programme is not suitable for people in rest home or hospital care.
To get maximum benefit, potential persons need to have strength and balance or mobility deficits that would improve with a strength and balance exercise programme.

Simple criteria are used to screen for those older people who will benefit from the programme:

1. Have they slipped tripped or fallen in the past year?

2. Do you use your hands to get out of a chair?

3. Are there some activities you have stopped doing because you are afraid you might lose your balance? Do you worry about falling?

A person who responds positively to any of the questions is likely to benefit from in-home strength and balance exercises.

Additional criteria that can be used for identification for suitability include:

  • Use of walking aid (or requires a walking aid)
  • Is receiving a personal care package
  • Persons transitioning from an early (hospital) discharge program.
  • Eligibility 65+ years old (55+ years Maori).

Service outline

Combination of In Home visiting and phone calls with exercise prescription in line with the Otago Falls protocol.


Referral process

Community Rehabilitation (Com Rehab)

Funding Stream DHB


MDT consists of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Worker and Exercise Physiologist.
Service is provided both as home visits and at QE Health. There is an expectation that patients deemed able to attend sessions at QE Health will make reasonable effort to do so.

MDT input for persons 65+ years, identified by NASC to require input to sustain safe independent living. Examples of input include functional strength and balance training and home modification such as toilet seats, chair raisers etc.


  • 65+ years
  • NASC assessment completed
  • Resident in the Rotorua region (Taupo/ Turangi referrals covered by Lifestyle Potential, Taupo)

Referral Process

Referral to NASC for assessment, who will then refer onward to us.
When the patient is already known to NASC a referral can be made directly to QE Health via eReferral.


If the patient has

  • a history of falls and/or fragility fractures please also refer to Fracture Liaison Services. 
  • evidence of a rheumatological condition then treatment may be able to commence whilst awaiting NASC review via referral on our Rheumatology/Rehabilitation contract.


All enquiries:
Allied Health Services, QE Health
1073 Whakaue Street,
PO Box 1342,
Rotorua 3040
P: 07 349 5254 
Fax: 07 348 4266
E: infoline@qehealth.co.nz