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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.

Sandra Lever

Dr John J Estell, Co-Chair
Rehabilitation Physician

Dr John J Estell

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

Dr John J Estell MBBS., BSc., MSpMed., FAFRM (RACP) is a Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine. He also holds a Masters in Sports Medicine. Dr Estell is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at St George Hospital, a tertiary level, teaching Hospital in Sydney, Australia and also practices in Private Rehabilitation Medicine with appointments to 6 local private hospitals.

Dr Estell is a Rehabilitation Physician with an extensive experience in Stroke Rehabilitation, Trauma Rehabilitation and able-bodied and disabled sports medicine. He has a particular interest in Spasticity management

He has research interests in Epidemiology of Rehabilitation Medicine, Costs and Outcomes of Rehabilitation, Costs and Outcomes of Spasticity Management, Epidemiology of Sports Injuries, Rehabilitation Services and Provision.

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.