Occupational Therapy

More than one hundred occupational therapists and allied health assistants help to enable patients to reach their goals each day at Peninsula Health.

Occupational Therapists provide a service to inpatients, outpatients and consumers in the community. These services are provided in acute and subacute inpatient hospitals, community rehabilitation, community health, aged care and mental health settings.

What we do

Occupational therapists assess the physical, environmental and occupational factors of each patient and develop an intervention plan. An intervention plan is directed around the occupations of self-care, work and leisure activities that are meaningful and valuable to the patient.

They work with individuals, groups and communities to improve their participation in meaningful occupations and work with clients across the lifespan from children to older adults.

Some of the interventions and skills utilised by occupational therapists are;

Work with adults

  • Providing training and practice for clients to complete occupational tasks
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Pressure injury prevention and management
  • Upper limb rehabilitation
  • Teaching compensatory strategies (eg. one handed dressing and meal preparation)
  • Home modifications (e.g. for wheelchair access to the home)

Work with children

  • Providing training and practice for clients to complete occupational tasks  
  • Early childhood parent coaching  
  • Learn-to-play  
  • Assistive Technology prescription including bikes, wheelchair, car seat 
  • Use of visuals to support understanding and transitions 
  • Exploring sensory-based strategies to support regulation