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September 2021

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Artist’s impression of the McKellar Centre Kids’ Rehabilitation Centre.

Work starts on kids’ rehabilitation centre

Construction has begun on the $3.6 million state-of-the-art Kids’ Rehabilitation Centre at the McKellar Centre.

The build, funded by the Barwon Health Foundation Kids Appeal through community and business donations, will take about six months to complete.

The Kids’ Rehabilitation Centre will be home to the Barwon Health-operated Victorian paediatric rehabilitation service (VPRS) and young adults transition service (YATS), providing a purpose-built space for children and adolescents to undergo rehabilitation.

The centre will support families in a purpose-built space that will include a rehabilitation gym, therapy kitchen, outdoor therapy garden and family friendly treatment rooms.

Barwon Health chief executive Frances Diver said consumer involvement from children and families had been a key part of the design process.

‘The McKellar Kids Paediatric Rehabilitation Centre project used a human centre co-design process, starting with what our consumers wanted and needed in the centre,’ Ms Diver said.

‘The result is a child-friendly facility that will support the rehabilitation needs for hundreds of children, young adults and their families every year, close to home.

‘The centre provides the flexibility to provide services to both VPRS and YATS clients and allows for future growth and adaptability.’

Braxton McLaglen, seven, and his grandmother, Sandra, have been part of the consultation process and are excited to see the Kids Rehabilitation Centre come to life.

‘Braxton has been a client of VPRS for almost five years and both Braxton and I have been involved in the consumer consultation since the beginning, providing input into the design,’ Ms McLaglen said.

‘VPRS is our lifeline of support in every aspect of Braxton’s care and it’s great that children will now have an appropriate space to be noisy and fun during their rehabilitation appointments.’

Barwon Health Foundation executive director Zoe Waters thanked the community for its support.

• For more information visit https://www.barwonhealthfoundation.org.au/causes/kids-appeal.