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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is an allied health profession that aims to promote and improve health; wellbeing; and participation in everyday life. Occupational therapy focusses on maximizing function through modifying a person’s skills, the task, or the environment. It intends to reduce the impact of disease and disability, as well as maintaining or improving capacity through addressing barriers and maximizing strengths. Occupational Therapists work with people across the lifespan to participate in the activities (occupations) or roles that they need to, want to, or are expected to do.

Occupational Therapy uses a holistic (looks at the whole person) approach when assessing and working with a person - through incorporating knowledge of a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social needs as well as the environment. An occupational therapist will complete assessments with clients, identifying issues and creating goals together, followed by implementing evidence based interventions.

At Orbost Regional Health occupational therapists are available to assist inpatients and outpatients, offering services such as:

  • Home assessments and home modifications including rails and ramps
  • Pressure injury management 
  • Fall risk management
  • Equipment prescription including wheelchairs and scooters
  • Equipment loan such as shower chairs, over toilet frames

In addition, our staff have additional skills in hand therapy; lymphoedema management; and paediatric care.

Referrals may be made through a health practitioner or you can self-refer. To begin the referral process, please call (03) 5154 6666 to begin the referral process or talk to your current health practitioner.