Occupational therapy

We support people with physical, sensory or cognitive problems

We aim to help you recover functional ability and improve wellbeing

Our occupational therapists will help you take part in the activities you need and like to do, whether that’s work, hobbies, interests or social events.

An occupational therapist can show you ways of modifying your physical environment so you can overcome your physical limitations and do things more easily. They may recommend a mobility aid, changes to your home or other techniques which can help you increase your independence.

Our occupational therapists

As allied health professionals, our occupational therapists are all degree-qualified and accredited practitioners and are engaged in ongoing professional development.

They employ evidence-based practice and work with you to develop a care plan that meets your needs.

They work with our doctors and nurses to treat and care for you during and after your treatment in hospital, with the shared goals to support you as you adapt to any challenges you’re facing and to help with your return to optimal functioning.

Our occupational therapy services

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

We conduct a range of assessments to help guide our recommendations:

  • Daily activity assessments
  • Cognitive and perceptual assessments
  • Home environment assessments

After you’ve had an occupational therapy assessment, you may be offered therapies including:

  • Retraining in functional tasks to improve your independence e.g. dressing
  • Prescription of equipment to make tasks safer or easier to perform
  • Modifying the task or the environment e.g. by recommending grab rails be installed in a shower.
  • Helping to complete funding applications for equipment or modifications you need to function better at home
  • Group or individual education sessions on falls prevention, use of equipment to enhance function, energy conservation
  • Relaxation and other strategies for managing pain.

We can also help you to source any special equipment you need to aid your mobility or make your home safer.

Hand therapy

Hand therapy is one of the services we offer to people who have injured their hand. It involves evaluation and testing to assess the injured limb. Our hand therapists devise specific treatment programs which include a variety of specialised treatment techniques to achieve your goals.

Please note, hand therapy is available at select hospitals.

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Disclaimer
This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane, we have a skilled team of Occupational Therapists offering expertise and services to support people with physical, sensory or cognitive problems. Our Occupational Therapists aim to help you recover functional ability, enabling you to fulfil daily routines and engage in activities. They employ evidence-based practice, promote independence and work with you to develop individualised care plans that meet your needs.

Our Occupational Therapists work closely alongside teams of medical specialists, nursing staff and other allied health professioanls, providing support and care across a range of medical disciplines including general medicine, geriatric medicine, pain medicine and rehabilitation.

Your treating doctor can refer you to one of our occupational therapists.

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Our occupational therapists work with people to promote independence and safety when carrying out their everyday activities. They may help you to be confident to manage tasks such as bathing and dressing after an illness or surgery, and provide advice and equipment as required. Occupational therapists may look at your home set-up and help you to minimise risk before returning home, providing advice and home visits if needed.

The primary goal of our occupational therapists is to enable people to maintain or regain their ability to participate in their activities of everyday life as independently and safely as possible.

The St Vincent's occupational therapy team provides person-centric, goal-directed intervention by working with you and your family to help you to achieve what’s important to you. Our occupational therapists’ role is to firstly assess and monitor your function.

Assessments include:
  • Activities of daily living assessments
  • Functional mobility and transfers
  • Cognitive and perceptual assessments
  • Home assessments
  • Seating and positioning
  • Pressure care
Following the assessment phase, intervention may include:
  • Retraining in functional tasks
  • Upper limb retraining
  • Equipment prescription
  • Modifying the task or the environment
  • Help to complete funding applications for equipment or modifications
  • Group or individual education sessions on a range of topics including falls prevention, fatigue management, back care, returning to work
  • Consideration of services and supports at home
Your treating doctor can refer you to one of our occupational therapists.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Northside, occupational therapy services are provided by our sister hospital, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane. By referral, we have skilled Occupational Therapists provide services to support people with physical, sensory or cognitive problems. The Occupational Therapists aim to help you recover functional ability, enabling you to fulfil daily routines and engage in activities. They employ evidence-based practice, promote independence and work with you to develop individualised care plans that meet your needs.

Your treating doctor can refer you to one of our occupational therapists.

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St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Werribee provides health services for up to 16,000 patients living and working in Wyndham, one of Australia's fastest growing municipalities.

Our Occupational Therapists and Allied Health Team will focus on helping you regain your independence. We have been providing a comprehensive range of individual inpatient programs since July 2018.

Your treating doctor can refer you to one of our occupational therapists.


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The Mater Hospital is a leading private hospital renowned for its quality care and compassion. We take a holistic approach to healthcare and acknowledge the uniqueness of every patient to create a healing environment that is second to none.

For over 105 years we have worked in partnership with our patients and their families. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals, care givers and support staff are equipped to provide the highest level of therapeutic, medical and surgical services. Our facilities include 15 operating theatres, cardiac procedure rooms and an endoscopy suite, ensuring our staff can work together effectively for your safety, wellbeing and recovery.

Your treating doctor can refer you to one of our occupational therapists.


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The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to maintain or regain their ability to participate in their activities of everyday life as independently and safely as possible.

The St Vincent's Private Toowoomba occupational therapy team provides person-centric, goal-directed intervention by working with our patients and their families to assist them to achieve what is important to them.

In an acute hospital setting the occupational therapist’s role is to firstly assess and monitor a person’s function. Assessments include:

  • Activities of Daily Living Assessments – to provide information about a person’s ability to manage their personal care and domestic duties, and their need for assistance.
  • Cognitive and Perceptual Assessments – to provide information about a person’s capacities regarding attention, memory and perception.
  • Home Assessments – To ascertain a person’s ability to access their home and function safely within their home environment.

Following the assessment phase, intervention may include:

  • Retraining in functional tasks to improve independence e.g. dressing
  • Upper limb retraining
  • Equipment prescription to make tasks safer or easier to perform
  • Modifying the task or the environment e.g. by recommending grab rails be installed in a shower recess
  • Help to complete funding applications for equipment or modifications you require to function better at home
  • Group or individual education sessions on falls prevention, use of equipment to enhance function, energy conservation, relaxation and other pain management strategies

Contact details: email: TOOccupationalTherapy@svha.org.au