Occupational therapists help you get back to participating in meaningful daily activities. They focus on restoring normal function or providing alternative solutions to help you complete:
- activities of daily living and personal care (grooming, showering etc.)
- paediatric developmental activities (making sure your child is meeting milestones)
- instrumental activities of daily living and household duties (budgeting, cooking, shopping etc.)
- work or study
- recreation or leisure activities.
We aim to promote health, wellbeing and functional independence through inpatient therapy, planning for a safe discharge and follow up outpatient therapy as needed.
We may provide one or more of the following:
- functional assessment of your current ability and support to help you learn how best to manage at home on discharge
- home environment assessment and recommendations to make life easier (e.g. hand rails, ramps, equipment)
- recommendation and advice on the use of assistive devices (e.g. long-handled dressing sticks) and equipment
- community access retraining (such as a visit to a local shop)
- cognitive assessment and retraining (e.g. how a person learns, understands, remembers, makes decisions )
- visual/perceptual assessment and therapy (e.g. how a person makes sense of their environment)
- falls education and advice
- pressure injury management and prevention advice
- upper limb and hand therapy (inpatient and outpatient)
- splint prescription—static and dynamic (inpatient and outpatient)
- scar management (inpatient and outpatient)
- oedema (swelling) management including vascular conditions and compression therapy (inpatient and outpatient)
- education in areas such as relaxation, energy conservation, stress management, work simplification and fatigue management (inpatient and outpatient)
- developmental assessment and interventions (paediatrics)
- toileting support services (paediatrics).
We also offer recreational therapy services to selected inpatients to help pass the time and keep you motivated and engaged in your care, which include:
- individual programmes
- group programmes—e.g. reminiscence, communication, games, current affairs.
How to access this service
A referral is required for all patients. The eligibility criteria differs depending on the service, with some clinics only accepting internal referrals. For clinics accepting external referrals, a GP or medical practitioner will need to send a referral letter to the hospital. Please note that all outpatient services have waiting lists and no drop-in clinics are available. We do not see patients referred under Work Cover, Third Party and/or DVA.
What to bring
- Your Medicare card
- Private health insurance card (if you have one)
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
- Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
- Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
- Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
- Something to read or do while you wait
Please leave time to find a park before your appointment.
Occupational Therapy Department
Location: Ground floor, Main Building, Redcliffe Hospital
Phone: (07) 3883 7776
Open: Monday-Friday, 8.00am-4.30pm
Need help outside hours?
For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.
In an emergency call 000.