Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

What do Occupational Therapists do?

Occupational Therapists aim to promote independence and/or function by assisting people (and their families) to maximise their level of independence in all areas of daily living.  This includes: self care, domestic tasks, work, recreation, social interaction, community access and mobility. 

 Occupational Therapists provide comprehensive assessment and treatment of inpatients and outpatients, which includes:

  • Assessment and training of personal and domestic activities of daily living
  • Cognitive and perceptual assessment including functional strategies and retraining
  • Upper limb therapy
  • Splint fabrication and prescription
  • Compression therapy and garment prescription
  • Home safety assessment and home modification recommendations
  • Prescription of equipment and assistive devices
  • Education programs including pain management, falls prevention, energy conservation and work simplification

Inpatient services

Uniting Care Health Occupational Therapy offers inpatient services to St Andrews War Memorial Hospital (SAWMH) and The Wesley Hospital (TWH) patients, across a number of clinical areas.  These clinical areas include but are not limited to: general medical, surgical, neurology, intensive care, orthopaedics, cancer care, palliative care, cardiology, women’s health, respiratory, pain management, ergonomic assessment and modification, and rehabilitation services.

Making a referral

Referrals can only be made by the treating medical professional, by documenting in a patient’s chart or contacting the Occupational Therapist directly via the paging system.

Outpatient services

Uniting Care Health Occupational Therapists offer Day Rehabilitation and specialist Outpatient services at both SAWMH and TWH sites. These services include:

• Hand therapy and splinting
• Lymphoedema and Oedema Management
• Day Rehabilitation (neurological, reconditioning)
• Pain Management programs

Making a referral

Referrals are generally made by a medical professional, via written referral, however patients are able to refer for outpatient services by contacting the Day Rehabilitation Service at the relevant hospital facility.

Meet our Occupational Therapists


​Level 4, St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital
457 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill

Phone: 07 3232 7000

Hours of Operation 

Inpatient services

Monday – Friday 7.30am – 3.30pm

Day rehabilitation and outpatient services

Monday – Friday 8.00am – 3.30pm