Community Rehabilitation Unit (CRU)

The Department will periodically contact patients waiting for an outpatient clinic appointment via SMS, with a link to an electronic form.  This is part of routine waitlist auditing to ensure patient details are up to date.  If you receive this SMS, please update your details.


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CRU provides outpatient multidisciplinary rehabilitation to adults with complex or specialised rehabilitation needs. Individual and Group sessions with one or more team members are offered.


North South North West Statewide


Patients must be 18 years or over, or have finished school and reside in the southern region.

North and Northwest patients should be referred to individual services.

Emergency conditions

This is not an emergency service.

Referral process

Eligibility Criteria

Patients may have a range of diagnoses: stroke, brain dysfunction/brain injury, amputations, spinal cord injuries, neurological conditions (such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Cerebral Palsy and other neurological and neuromuscular conditions), complex arthritis, complex orthopaedic and multi-trauma.

The CRU multidisciplinary team supports the Aged Care and Rehabilitation Medical Specialist Clinics including Rehabilitation, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Spasticity Management, Aged Care, Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

A referral (preferably faxed) is required for all new appointments and must conform to the Referral Standards as outlined on For Clinicians. Specific requirements include information about previous treatment especially if not obtained at the THS - Southern Region.

Referrals are registered by the clinic to which they are referred and are triaged according to the specific clinic guidelines.

Appointments are based on clinical priority.

Referral template

For use by health professionals only

Additional information

CRU provides:

  • Specialist management of spinal cord injury, moderate to severe brain injury, amputees, spasticity and Parkinson disease
  • High or low intensity rehabilitation following a new health event or injury
  • Single discipline intervention in high complexity clients and where services are not otherwise available in the community
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Episodic restorative therapy in chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Power wheelchair and scooter prescription and training
  • Pick up times responsive to the client's needs.

In situations where transport issues may prevent attendance at CRU, a bus service may be available. Access to the bus service is dependent upon the client meeting strict eligibility criteria including geographical location.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.