What is an Occupational Therapist?
Occupational Therapists are Allied Health Professionals that have been trained to support children to develop the skills required to perform activities to the best of their ability.
These activities include:
- Self-care (Eating, going to bed, brushing hair and teeth, having a shower, toileting or dressing)
- Productivity (Skills for kindergarten and school. This includes holding on to a pencil, cutting out shapes appropriate for their age, writing, sitting at a table or listening to their teacher.
- Play (Imaginative play, interacting with other children, taking turns, sharing, waiting or understanding emotions).
Occupational Therapists complete a four year degree at university.
Occupational Therapists work in collaboration with families, to ensure therapy goals best suit their child.
When would I seek help from an Occupational Therapist?
Parents/guardians can seek help from an Occupational Therapist if their child is having difficulty with completing self-care, productivity or play activities.
When considering whether your child needs help, it is important to note that early intervention is best. If you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us where we can discuss your concerns further.
Do I need a referral from a doctor to see an Occupational Therapist?
You do not require a referral to see an Occupational Therapist, however you might like to see your G.P. prior to the session to see if your child is eligible for Medicare rebated sessions.
Will the doctors referral for the Chronic Disease Management (also known as Enhanced Primary Care) program mean that sessions are free?
Unfortunately the sessions are not free. Medicare provides a rebate of approximately $50 on sessions, so there is an out-of-pocket gap. Sessions payments are made in full at the clinic and appropriate documentation is provided to allow for the rebate to be claimed on line or at a Medicare branch.