Services and Clinics

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem in Caulfield is recognised as a leader in its two areas of expertise; as a Statewide provider for those with Progressive Neurological Disease (such as Motor Neurone Disease and Huntingtons’ Disease) and as a Specialist Palliative Care Service.

Our services are vital to the Victorian community, supporting over 4000 patients and their families each year.

Known for our innovative model of care, our interdisciplinary teams work in collaboration with the patients GP, community health, aged, disability and other health services, to ensure that care is easily accessible and coordinated across our inpatient services, centre-based clinics, day centre and at home.

On referral we will work closely with you to determine the best place for your assessment and care.

Calvary services – hospitals, Retirement Communities, Aged and Community Care

 

Statewide Progressive Neurological Disease Service

The Statewide Progressive Neurological Disease (PND) Service at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem offers a range of multidisciplinary assessment and management services for people with a diagnosed PND.

These include but are not limited to: Huntington’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple System Atrophy, Parkinson’s Disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Spinocerebellar Ataxias and others.

The multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Medical Specialists: Neurologists, Neuro-Psychiatrists, Respiratory Physicians, Palliative Care Physicians
  • Allied Health: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Dietitians, Clinical Psychologists, Neuropsychologists, Social Workers and Music Therapists
  • Specialist Neurological Nurses
  • Pastoral care workers
  • Volunteers
  • Researchers (Research coordinators and research nurses)

We also work closely with other health professionals and service providers including community based organisations such as MND Vic, HD Vic, MS Australia, MD Association and Parkinson’s Victoria.

With consent we share information with other health professionals ensuring that we are planning and delivering health care services together.

Clinic visits can also be supplemented by Telehealth and video-conferencing, when people live at a distance or are unable to travel to clinic.

Our team also provides secondary consultation, education, and training to health professionals across the state, to support care closer to home.

The Statewide PND service is committed to research and is actively involved in a number of national and international research projects and trials. (Please contact the service for further details)

Find out more


Referral by GP, another hospital, specialist or healthcare provider

  Ground Level, 2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South – SPNDS Clinic, CHCB

 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

03 9595 3355

After hours, weekends & public holidays – Please contact the After Hours Co-ordinator   03 9596 2853 

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Palliative Care focuses on supporting patients who have a progressive incurable disease.

The goal is to help patients achieve dignity, comfort and we will maximise the quality of life for the patient, family and loved ones.

At Calvary Health Care Bethlehem we do this through:

  • Advising and supporting the GP and primary care team
  • Clinics
  • Community palliative Care Day Centre
  • Managing distressing symptoms
  • Offering home visits when necessary
  • Providing equipment to support the patient to stay in the home setting as long as possible.
  • Providing a 24 hour telephone advice
  • Supporting the bereaved
  • Teaching the family how to care for the patient

We provide palliative care as an inpatient service, at home or in clinics. Patients can be admitted for pain and symptom management, respite, restorative or terminal care.


Referral by GP, another hospital, specialist or healthcare providers.

2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South

24/7

03 9595 3424 

Care and Support Services

At Calvary, we care about your physical, spiritual and emotional needs. These support services are available to our patients as part of our holistic care.

Grief is a normal and natural response to losing someone significant in our lives. At Calvary we find many people benefit from speaking to a Specialist Bereavement Counsellor.

Our qualified, professional Counsellors provide support in a non-judgemental, safe and empathic environment so you can discuss any emotional and/or physical reactions you’re currently experiencing.

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem’s free Bereavement Counselling Service is available to family and friends of patients who have died whilst receiving our services.

To help you at different times of your journey through grief, Calvary has put together the Healing After Loss booklet.

Healing after loss


You and your family will receive information about our bereavement service during your admission.

 Main Building, Saturn Street Entrance

 8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9596 2853

At Calvary Health Care Bethlehem our specialist dietitians advise on the nutritional needs of those living with chronic progressive life limiting conditions and the unique approach required throughout each individual’s experience.

Dietitians conduct detailed individual nutrition assessments and provide dietary education and practical support to help optimise your nutrition. They work with you and your supports to develop meal plans that incorporate best practice for your condition without unnecessarily compromising your quality of life.

They take into consideration other medical conditions that may impact your nutrition management, as well as social and cultural beliefs. They are ideally suited to help you evaluate the diet advice you find online or receive elsewhere.

Working with you, they will help you make the best choices about your nutritional needs, including the use of supplements, and, whether you should consider alternatives like tube feeding.

At CHCB Dietitians work closely with speech pathology and food services to ensure a suitable, varied, nutritious inpatient menu.


Referral required : 03 9595 3424

2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South

8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9596 2853

Music Therapy at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem is one of the most established in Australia, providing specialised clinical programs across all CHCB service areas. Our Therapists are highly trained and are involved in an ongoing music therapy education program that keeps them abreast of the latest research in the field.

As well as providing therapy at the bedside, our Music therapists create musical plans with patients aimed at enriching their lives. The Music Therapy Program can include performing music, relaxation, music assisted counselling and song writing.


2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South

 8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9596 2853

For almost 20 Years Calvary Health Care Bethlehem ‘s Music Therapy Department has been involved a highly successful outreach program that provides other agencies such as residential care facilities, hostels, hospitals and community based health programs with the benefits of our services.

The Music Therapy Outreach Program operates on a fee for service basis. The program is tailored to the specific needs of each participating agency to reflect their philosophy of care and specific client needs. The program aims to assist in improving the care management of clients.

Find out more

For details about the program and how you might engage one of our Music therapists, download an information brochure.

Music Therapy Outreach Program

Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology is the study of the behavioural expression of brain function. Neuropsychologists have skills in the assessment, diagnosis and non-pharmacological treatment of a range of disorders that impact brain function.

Using neuropsychological assessment methods, thinking processes (including memory, learning, planning, reasoning, language and perception) are assessed. Changes to behaviour are also examined. The person’s emotional and psychological reaction to their condition is also evaluated.

Services include:

    • Assess thinking, memory and behavioural changes
    • Diagnose a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders
    • Assess ability to make decisions about finances, medical treatment and lifestyle issues
    • Monitor progression of a condition or effectiveness of a treatment
    • Identify strengths and weaknesses which is used to design treatment strategies
    • Address behaviours of concern through behaviour management
    • Assist in treatment/management planning with the patient, family and staff

Referral not required.

2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South

 8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9596 2853

Occupational Therapy helps people take part in everyday activities. Occupational Therapists help to modify your environment, provide adaptive equipment and explore different ways to complete activities.

At Calvary Health Care Bethlehem our Occupational Therapists work as part of a multi-disciplinary team helping with a wide range of conditions including:

Our Occupational Therapists are focussed on helping you maintain your independence, mobility and safety. We’ll look at your home and work with you and your family to find the right equipment and suggest minor modifications to make life easier.

Occupational Therapists can also organise for minor work to be completed and can give you access to any necessary equipment. All equipment can be trialled, borrowed and purchased.


Referral not required. Occupational Therapy services will be provided as a part of your care team.

2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South

 8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9596 2853

Palliative Care focuses on supporting patients who have a progressive incurable disease.

The goal is to help patients achieve dignity, comfort and we will maximise the quality of life for the patient, family and loved ones.

At Calvary Health Care Bethlehem we do this through:

  • Advising and supporting the GP and primary care team
  • Clinics
  • Community palliative Care Day Centre
  • Managing distressing symptoms
  • Offering home visits when necessary
  • Providing equipment to support the patient to stay in the home setting as long as possible.
  • Providing a 24 hour telephone advice
  • Supporting the bereaved
  • Teaching the family how to care for the patient

We provide palliative care as an inpatient service, at home or in clinics. Patients can be admitted for pain and symptom management, respite, restorative or terminal care.


Referral by GP, another hospital, specialist or healthcare providers.

2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South

24/7

03 9596 2853

At Calvary Health Care Bethlehem we offer compassionate emotional support and spiritual care for you, your family and friends. Our Pastoral Care Service acknowledges your beliefs, important relationships and all that is meaningful for you. It affirms your intrinsic value as a person.

Pastoral Care can help if you are:

  • Emotionally distressed
  • Struggling with a sense of purpose or meaning
  • Experiencing a time of crisis
  • Feeling lonely or isolated
  • Grieving a loss
  • Making important decisions
  • Needing support with your religious/spiritual practice
  • Wishing to contact a priest or minister of religion
  • Preparing for death

Our Pastoral Care Team is available to you during your time with us

Contact: If you would like a visit from Pastoral Care please ask a staff member

At Calvary Health Care Bethlehem we have an in-hospital pharmacy. Our Pharmacy stocks a large range of medications. In some cases we also provide more specialised and investigational medications (medicines that are being studied but not yet approved).

The Pharmacy at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem only provides medications for hospital patients. We do not offer a prescription service to the public.

Please note: It’s important that patients bring their current medications and prescriptions when they are admitted to hospital.


2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South

 8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9596 2853

Physiotherapists assess and develop programs to improve a patient’s strength, mobility, movement and function. Our team offer advice on personal mobility and safety in both individual and group sessions.

Physiotherapists at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem understand your desire to stay independent. They will work with you to help improve your walking and balance. Sometimes they may recommend you use walking aids and wheelchairs or do special exercises.

Our Physiotherapists may also help you with your breathing or pain management.

They can also support and teach carers how to assist with mobility and transfers.

You may be seen in your room at the hospital, in the Physiotherapy gym or in your home, depending on your needs. The Physiotherapist will assess your movement and functional abilities, and then recommend exercises and/or equipment to help improve how you are functioning. They can also assist with comfort and positioning for those who are less mobile.


Referral not required. Physiotherapy services will be provided as a part of your care team.

Secondary Consultation : Phone support is available without referral

2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South

 8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9596 2853

Psychology

Our Psychology Team includes Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology.  All our psychologists have a particular interest in, and extensive experience working with, people with chronic progressive life limiting conditions

Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology is the study of the behavioural expression of brain function. Neuropsychologists have skills in the assessment, diagnosis and non-pharmacological treatment of a range of disorders that impact brain function.

Using neuropsychological assessment methods, thinking processes (including memory, learning, planning, reasoning, language and perception) are assessed. Changes to behaviour are also examined. The person’s emotional and psychological reaction to their condition is also evaluated.

Services include:

    • Assess thinking, memory and behavioural changes
    • Diagnose a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders
    • Assess ability to make decisions about finances, medical treatment and lifestyle issues
    • Monitor progression of a condition or effectiveness of a treatment
    • Identify strengths and weaknesses which is used to design treatment strategies
    • Address behaviours of concern through behaviour management
    • Assist in treatment/management planning with the patient, family and staff
  • Clinical PsychologyClinical psychologists provide psychological therapy to individuals for emotional or mental health conditions that range from mild to severe and complex.  The type of treatment is guided by a solid foundation in research of treatment methods with different health conditions, and is tailored to each individual’s particular concerns. 
    • Referral : required 03 9595 3424
    • Secondary Consultancy : phone support available without referral.

2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South

 8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9595 3327

CHCB will work with you to plan for the respite care you require. Respite care is provided as;

  • nursing support for a patient when coming home from hospital
  • short term nursing care in or outside the home
  • a support service for carers. It provides time away from their carer role confident that their loved one is being looked after.

Calvary Community Care

Where appropriate CHCB might refer you to Calvary Community Care. Calvary Community Care provides a range of respite options available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services can be delivered in the home or a Support Worker can accompany the family member while the carer takes a break.


 Referral not required

 In your home

 24/7

 1300 66 00 22

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Social Work involves working with patients to help them achieve goals and ensure safe discharge from hospital back into the community. Social work is carried out in collaboration with patients and families as well as Doctors, Nurses and other Allied Health Professionals.

Patients may have spent a long time in hospital and it’s important to:

  • Access services that may not previously have been required
  • Make difficult decisions regarding health care
  • Confirm future plans

At Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Social Workers help patients with:

  • Aged care placements
  • Adjusting to illness
  • Bereavement counselling
  • Coordinating family meetings
  • Discharge planning
  • Information and education
  • Short term counselling
  • Transport options

Social Work services will be provided as a part of your care team if required.

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South

 8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9596 2853

Speech Pathologists diagnose and mange speech, swallowing and communication impairment.

Speech Pathologists help with speech/voice changes, working together with you, to keep speech as good as possible. If thinking/memory changes affect communication they will find strategies to help, making sure you and yours understand what is happening. If speaking is too hard, they will help find a different way to communicate.

The muscles used for speech are also used for swallowing. Our speech pathologists understand food/drink is an important social part of life, and will help find ways to keep you enjoying food/drink. Complex swallowing changes can make your mouth too dry or wet, or result in frequent throat clearing. Speech Pathologists can find ways to make these symptoms better.

Specialist services available to non-CHCB patients include; free telephone consultancy, fee for service – face to face support/education and specialist Videofluoroscopy.

PHOTOVOICE

The Speech Pathology Department is also currently trialling an innovative “Photovoice” program that enables patients to communicate and socialise through the use of photography and technology. The program, one of the few of its kind in health in the world, is still in its infancy and requires funding to train project clinicians to deliver the program but those that have trialled it have been unanimous in its praise. Below is a transcript of an interview with Huntington’s patient Scott and his mother Wendy who have been delighted with the positive impact the program has had on Scott’s quality of life.

Photovoice_Picture Power interview transcript

What to expect

When you visit the Calvary Health Care Bethlehem Speech Pathology Unit you’ll first be assessed. An individual treatment plan will then be created, and your sessions can take place in your hospital room, our pathology unit or at home.

Education and support is provided to you and your family members throughout the treatment process. Interpreter services are available on request.


Referral required. Speech Pathology services will be provided as a part of your care team if required. 03 9595 3424

Secondary Consultation : Phone support is available without referral

2 Ludbrooke Avenue, Caulfield South

8.30 am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

03 9595 3327http://03 9595 3327