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.

We encourage early referral through one point of access coordinated across the following settings:

  • centre based clinics – for initial assessment followed by ongoing monitoring, care planning and coordination;
  • Day Centre – providing care that promotes wellbeing, social interaction and independence, in addition to providing respite for carers;
  • home based care – providing care to patients at home or in residential care facilities, as well as through a range of  support including monitoring support for those living within the CHCB catchment who cannot travel; and
  • Inpatient beds – for assessment, symptom management or end of life

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

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

> – SPNDS Clinic, CHCB

 8.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9400

After hours, weekends & public holidays – Please contact the After Hours Co-ordinator   03 9834 9000 

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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. Referral Form here

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

24/7

03 9834 9426

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem has 32 Inpatient beds for patient assessment, symptom management respite or end of life care.

REFERRAL: Click here for information about referral. Referral Form here.

At Calvary Health Care Bethlehem our friendly team will do everything they can to give you the best possible care.

During your stay we’ll provide you with safe and high-quality care, which reflects our values of Hospitality, Healing, Stewardship and Respect.

At every stage of your treatment, we’ll make sure you fully understand what’s happening, why it’s happening, and what will happen next.

To help prepare for you and your family for admission, we have produced a guide for patients and visitors. You can download it below:

 

Patient Information Brochure

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem is a registered NDIS service located in the bayside suburb of Parkdale that supports people with progressive neurological diseases to live well and achieve their goals.

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem is a not-for-profit health service that provides specialist palliative care and a Statewide Progressive Neurological Service and we are also a registered NDIS Provider.

We have over 30 years’ experience and expertise working with people with less common progressive neurological conditions, including, but not limited to, Motor Neurone Disease and Huntington’s Disease and we are passionate about the work we do.

We are here to help patients and their families to navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to ensure you receive appropriate supports to enable you to achieve your goals.

We are here to help if you need:

  • Assessment and selection of aids and equipment (Assistive Technology)
  • Assessment for home or vehicle passenger modifications
  • Assessment for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
  • Swallowing, diet and home enteral nutrition (HEN) support
  • Support with communication
  • Specialist Behavioural support
  • Music therapy
  • Counselling related to your disability
  • Training in the use of Assistive Technology and other new skills
  • Family and carer education and training

To visit the Calvary Bethlehem NDIS Webpage: click here 

Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) Respite & Specialist Support Service

 

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme is a commonwealth funded aged care service that provides small amounts of entry-level support for assist older people aged 65 and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) to remain living and home and in their community.  See here for more information about CHSP.

The Charter of Aged Care Rights outlines your legislated rights as a consumer of a Government-subsidised aged care service. These rights apply to all consumers, regardless of the type of care and services they receive.

Aged Care Services are provided in accordance with the Aged Care Quality Standards.  See here for an Overview for Consumers [3min video] 

If you would like help navigating the aged care system and advice about how to access aged care services, Services Australia has dedicated Aged Care Specialist officers who can help. To find out more or to make an appointment click here.

 

Our CHSP Services

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem is funded to provide:

Please see our Fact Sheets for more information.

Our CHSP services are available to people living in Melbourne South East local government areas of Bayside, Casey, Glen Eira, Greater Dandenong, Kingston, Port Phillip, Stonington, Cardinia, Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.

Please see our My Aged Care profile for more information on our Flexible Respite, and Specialist Support Services.

 

Referral to our CHSP Services

Access to our Respite and Specialist Support Services is via MyAgedCare.

  • If you have not had a MyAgedCare assessment call 1800 200 422 (free call) or apply online https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/assessment/apply-online
  • If you already receive in-home aged care services, request a review by speaking with your current provider or calling MyAgedCare on 1800 200 422 (free call). See here for more information about managing your existing CHSP services

If you need help accessing our CHCP Respite & Specialist Support Services, please call us on 03 9834 9000 and ask to speak with our CHSP Coordinator.

 

Feedback, Complaints and Compliments

We welcome your feedback about our CHSP services.  Please contact:

  • Our CHSP Coordinator on 03 9834 9000
  • Our Quality & Safe Systems Manager on 03 9834 9000
  • Complete an online feedback form here

You can also make a complaint directly with the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission by telephone 1800 951 822 or online at https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/contact-us/complaints

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

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem’s Online Bereavement Support group is a free 7 week online program for people who have cared for someone who died in the last 12 months. Sessions are facilitated by our experienced bereavement counsellors, social workers and pastoral carers. To find out more about the next group and to register your interest, please click here

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

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9000

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 9834 9371

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9000

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.

 

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9000

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

The Bethlehem Music Therapy department performs a weekly Livestream for patients and staff to access and engage with. The stream occurs every Friday from 12- 1 pm.  Requests can be sent to [email protected] or made via the Youtube chat function on the day. We will do our best to play your requests but can’t guarantee we will be able to play them all.

Listening to music can help you reduce stress and anxiety, Improve your mood, provide comfort and even help improve cognition so click on the link below and join us for some fun at our next lunchtunes Livestream!

To access our 7 June Lunchtunes Livestream click here

To access our 14 June Lunchtunes Livestream click here

To access our 21 June Lunchtunes Livestream click here

To access our 28 June Lunchtunes Livestream click here

To access our 3 May Lunchtunes Livestream click here

 

To access our 10 May Lunchtunes Livestream click here

To access our 17 May Lunchtunes Livestream click here

To access our 24 May Lunchtunes Livestream click here

To access our 31 May Lunchtunes Livestream click here

To access our Lunchtunes Livestream at Noon on 5 April click here

To access our Lunchtunes Livestream at Noon on 12 April click here

To access our Lunchtunes Livestream at Noon on 19 April click here

To access our Lunchtunes Livestream at Noon on 26 April click here

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
    • 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.

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9000

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.

Occupational Therapy is client-centred and can help in all areas of an individual’s life. Occupational Therapists (OTs) help with overcoming challenges that affect a person’s emotional, social, and physical needs. The OTs at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem provide services via the inpatient ward, NDIS service, Commonwealth Home support program (CHSP), Community Palliative care Service (CPCS) and the State-wide progressive neurological Diseases Service (SPNDS). Bethlehem OTs have a particular interest in assisting people diagnosed with palliative or Neuro-palliative conditions. OTs at Bethlehem also have a keen interest and skill in some specialist areas such as Electronic Assistive Technology. The OT department at Bethlehem hospital is well resourced with trial and demonstration aids and equipment.

Occupational Therapy services can be provided as a part of your service depending on funding source referral.


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

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9000

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 our clients and their families in inpatient, outpatient and community care.

Contact: If you would like a visit from Pastoral Care please contact us at: [email protected]

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.


476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9000

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 and will work with you to help optimise your personal mobility, movement, safety and function. Sometimes they may recommend you use walking aids and wheelchairs, or do special exercises. Physios can also support and teach carers how to assist with mobility and transfers. In addition to this, they may help you to manage symptoms, such as fatigue, breathlessness and pain. They can also help to improve your comfort, posture and positioning and may suggest special aids and equipment for assistance as needed.

The physiotherapists at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem provide services via the inpatient ward, NDIS service, Commonwealth Home support program (CHSP), Community Palliative care Service (CPCS) and the State-wide progressive neurological Diseases Service (SPNDS). You may be seen in your room at the hospital, in the Physiotherapy gym or in your home, depending on your needs. Furthermore, our physiotherapists also run exercises groups in the gym at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem.


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

Secondary Consultation : Phone support is available without referral

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9000

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.

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9000

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 Home Care

Where appropriate CHCB might refer you to Calvary Home Care. Calvary Home 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 797 522

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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
  • 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 VIC 3162 

8.30am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9000

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 3327 

Secondary Consultation : Phone support is available without referral

476 Kooyong Road, Caulfield South VIC 3162

8.30 am – 5pm, Monday to Friday

03 9834 9000