Occupational Therapy

Promote independence with activities of daily living for people living in the community. This is achieved through education, falls prevention advice, and assessment for suitable assistive devices. Occupational Therapists (OTs) can also recommend home modifications to promote independent living, safety and access in the home.

Why see an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapists (OTs) provide a service for people who are having difficulties with their daily activities. OTs work with their client to provide holistic interventions by assessing a person’s capabilities, the home environment, and the person’s interests.

Some examples of how an OT can work with clients:

–              Assess safety and mobility around the home

–              Assessments for home modifications (minor and major)

–              Community access for social, finances, shopping

–              Promote engagement in meaningful activities

–              Prescription of aids for easy living and independence


Eligibility – all ages are eligible for the service

Program Funding and Targets:

  1. State funded – HACC PYP under 65
  2. Commonwealth funded : CHSP over 65 with a My Aged Care referral
  3. Home Care Packages – over 65 with package
Funding type Targets – Annual Monthly Weekly
HACC PYP 328 27 6
CHSP 1143 97 22
Total 1471 124 28


Appointment types: Home visit for initial assessment. Equipment trials in the home or at supplier showroom.

In clinic appointments can be offered for client and carer education

Referral: Clients can self-refer or be referred by GP or community service provider

Appointments can be booked via reception on: 03 5267 1200 (reception email the client details to the OT’s Hesse email address).

GP and community service providers may also fax or email the OT directly.

Client appointments (typically home visits) are managed through PJB. The OT will book clients in order of referral received; urgent referrals will be prioritised.

New clients generally have an initial Home Safety Assessment, then a follow up equipment trial if needed.

Clients are reviewed after 3 months to check that home modifications have been installed, and equipment has been received and is working well. Clients waiting for equipment through SWEP are reviewed after 12 months.

Cost: Fees are negotiable according to income and ability to pay

  • Low to medium income clients as charged $10 for an hour home assessment or equipment trial
  • Clients that meet hardship criteria can access the service free of charge (determined by clinician)
  • Home Care Packages – Full cost recovery