Community Rehab: Student and Provider Information


North West Community Rehab (NWCR) is an innovative service and workforce development  strategy providing student-assisted community based rehab to people who have neurological or age-related progressive conditions in North West Queensland.

NWCR is based in Mount Isa at James Cook University’s Centre for Rural and Remote Health (CRRH) and is funded by the North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS). NWCR is a collaboration between NWHHS, North West Remote Health (NWRH) and Gidgee Healing.

What we do

  • Provide high quality and evidence-based rehab to the people of North West Queensland;
  • Provide an inter-professional service supported by Senior Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, Clinical Lead Physiotherapist, Indigenous Rehabilitation Assistant and part time Administration support; with Exercise Physiology and Speech Pathology services leveraged during intensive student-led blocks;
  • Develop the local workforce; and
  • Support students through 5, 7 and 10 week clinical placements grounded in inter-professional practice, service learning, neurological rehab and remote practice

NWCR provides intensive student-assisted rehab blocks three times per year through individual and group-based programs designed to meet local need.


Continuous service offered:

  • Balance & Mobility group program
  • Individual programs (provided at home, centre or via telehealth)
  • In-reach rehab services into Mount Isa Hospital

 Intensive student-led block offers the continuous service, with additional:

  • Everyday Activities group program
  • Hand & Arm group program
  • Aquatic group program
  • Community access group program
  • Parkinson’s Disease group program


 Participants can be referred by their GP, hospital, nurse, allied health professional or self-referral. Once received we will contact the referrer or participant within 10 working days.

If needs are identified with a participant that are best met by another local service provider NWCR will make contact regarding this and coordinate an onward referral. This may include: NDIS funded services, home modifications, assistive technology and specialist services i.e. vocational rehabilitation, vestibular assessment, driving assessment. 

NWCR provides rehabilitation to people who:

  • Who have a neurological condition e.g. stroke, spinal cord injury, head injury or Parkinson’s disease
  • Who are experiencing age-related changes e.g. falls, loss of balance, change in independence, or who need some help to keep active in their home or community
  • Who have had a change in their everyday abilities because of illness, disease or injury e.g. car accident, broken hip, long hospital stay

For more information, please contact (07) 4745 4525 or

Where we are

Mount Isa Hospital Grounds, behind the Renal Dialysis Unit.

A Commonwealth funded Department of Rural Health
in collaboration with: