Who is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational therapy is the use of assessment and intervention to develop, recover, or maintain the meaningful activities, or occupations, of individuals, groups, or communities. It is a branch of health care that helps people of all ages who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems. OT can help them regain independence in all areas of their lives.

Who Might Need Occupational Therapy?

OT can help kids and teens who have:

  • birth injuries or birth defects
  • sensory processing disorders
  • traumatic injuries to the brain or spinal cord
  • learning problems
  • autism
  • juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • mental health or behavioural problems
  • broken bones or other orthopaedic injuries
  • developmental delays
  • post-surgical conditions
  • burns
  • spina bifida
  • traumatic amputations
  • cancer
  • severe hand injuries
  • multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses

What is an initial assessment in occupational therapy?

The initial assessment from the Occupational Therapist will be to find out about the home situation and what the individual needs to achieve to return home safely. We will usually discuss this with the patient but will involve family/carers if necessary and appropriate.


Consultations with occupational therapist are by appointment only. To make an appointment please contact our hospital at 03-9010 5718 and please ask for the Physiotherapy Department.