Business of the Month, June 2014: Royal Rehab

Royal RehabOur Business of the Month for June is Level 1 member Royal Rehab. Royal Rehab has recently completed a major redevelopment of its facility, with new roads and buildings on the site, and world-class facilities and equipment for its patients.

The launch of Royal Rehab marks the start of a new chapter in the story of a service that was established in 1899, and which has operated in Ryde since 1906.

The Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Marie Bashir opened the new Royal Rehab building in February 2014, re-affirming her role as Patron for the new Royal Rehab.

A remarkable woman, Susan Schardt established the first home, The Commonwealth Institute for the Destitute in Redfern, which moved to Weemala in 1906 and became the Home for the Incurables. Later name changes included, Ryde Homes, Royal Ryde Homes (1954) and the Royal Rehabilitation Centre (1992). Royal Rehab was launched in 2014.

Royal Rehab proudly acknowledges this history by identifying two of the new internal roadways, with names that reflect the tradition and history of the site.

Weemala Place will honour the original building that was the Home for the Incurables, and the original home of Sir Henry Moses. The new Weemala was opened by the Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner in 2011.

Susan Schardt Way is the internal road through the Royal Rehab property that links Charles Street, Putney to Morrison Road. Susan Schardt Way will honour one of the most remarkable women in Ryde’s history. Susan Schardt, who was blind from birth, died in Weemala in 1934, in the institution she had founded in 1899.

Royal Rehab offers state-of-the-art facilities, and a vision of the future in the changing rehabilitation and disability support landscape. Royal Rehab works with clients to maximise their abilities and create opportunities for a new start. Royal Rehab, in addition to the established specialist Brain Injury and Spinal Injury Units, has added a new 24 bed Private Rehab service, and later in 2014 will open a Community Medical Centre. A new Community Centre, Recreation Circle, Hydrotherapy Pool, Mobility Skills area and Sport Courts complement the network services now available at Royal Rehab.

With the support of the Ryde business community, Royal Rehab aims to be considered Australia’s leading rehabilitation and disability support provider.

For more information contact Jim Towers, Marketing and Communications Manager, on 9808 9268.