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About the Rehabilitation Network

The Rehabilitation Network works to drive improvements in rehabilitation care, improve patient outcomes, and ensure that care is coordinated, patient-centred and evidence based. The Network supports the implementation of the NSW Rehabilitation Model of Care for rehabilitation services across NSW. Rehabilitation services can use the Model of Care, together with the Implementation Toolkit to ensure that the care they provide meets the standard agreed by the NSW Ministry of Health. The Model describes the range of settings in which rehabilitation occurs and identifies key principles which should be in evidence across each of the care settings.

Our People

The Rehabilitation Network is led by an Executive Committee composed of medical, nursing and allied health clinicians, consumers, and managers. The Executive is currently Co-chaired by a medical and a nursing representative.

Garry Pearce

Dr Garry Pearce, Co-Chair
It is with great sadness that we let you know that Dr Garry Pearce, Rehabilitation Physician and Rehabilitation Network Co-Chair of the past 2 ½ years passed away on Friday 18 August after a brief illness.

Sandra Lever

Ms Sandra Lever, Co-Chair
Clinical Nurse Consultant in Rehabilitation
Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre

Dr Garry Pearce has had a long and varied career in rehabilitation medicine. His main rehabilitation interests are in injury management especially in the area of workers compensation. He is undertaking a PhD in Injury Management at the University of Sydney. Most recently he was Director of Rehabilitation at Sydney’s Greenwich Hospital and prior to that he was Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania. He has contributed to rehabilitation medicine through membership of the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) Management Advisory Committee, the IHPA Sub-Acute Care Working Group and as a past President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Sandra Lever is Clinical Nurse Consultant in Rehabilitation at Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre. She has extensive knowledge, experience and a passion for rehabilitation, rehabilitation nursing, and the application of rehabilitation principles. She is a strong believer in multidisciplinary teamwork and the importance of rehabilitation nursing in leading, supporting, and reinforcing patient care. She has experience as ACI Co-chair (Nursing/Allied Health) for the Stroke Network where she is the current co-chair of the Stroke Rehabilitation and Stroke Recovery Working Party. She is the immediate past president of the NSW Chapter of the Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association.

The ACI Rehabilitation Network is led by an executive committee, which includes rehabilitation specialists, nurses, allied health professionals, service managers, and consumers. There is broad representation across metropolitan and rural settings.

The network has more than 700 members and includes representatives from the public and private rehabilitation sectors, paediatric and adult rehabilitation services, consumers, NGOs, researchers and academics, local health districts and specialty network governed health corporations in NSW. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in improving the quality of Rehabilitation services delivered to the people of NSW.

Rehabilitation Network


Claire O’Connor
Rehabilitation Network Manager