Staff work across a wide range of service and program areas across Footscray Hospital, Sunshine Hospital, Williamstown Hospital and Hazeldean. These areas include:
Plastics and Hand therapy
Children's Allied Health Service (Paediatrics)
Transition Care Program – bed and community based programs
Post Acute Care
Community Based Rehabilitation
Orthopaedics pre-admission clinics
Aged Care Assessment Service
Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Occupational Therapists, working within acute, help patients to participate in their chosen daily tasks. We consider physical , cognitive and environmental challenges. We help to optimise people's ability to complete tasks in their everyday lives. Acute Occupational Therapists work with other health professionals in supporting a safe and timely discharge from hospital.
Occupational Therapists in the subacute setting work with patients who require more time in hospital to recover from injury or illness. Occupational Therapists provide assessment and intervention to assist patients to participate in occupations that are important to them and that will facilitate transition from hospital to the community. Therapy can include retraining to enable greater independence in everyday tasks, environmental modifications, provision of adaptive aids or equipment and patient education.
Occupational Therapy within outpatients provides therapy to help people living at home with illness or injury who are having difficulty with completion of desired occupations. Therapy includes focus on task specific retraining and strategies to assist people to participate in occupations that are important in their lives.
Occupational Therapy for children provides assessment and intervention to assist children and their families to overcome developmental and learning challenges to participate fully in their daily lives. This includes skills for self care at home, learning at school or kinder and play and social interactions.
Occupational Therapy Driver Assessors undertake comprehensive assessment including both an off road interview and on-road practical assessment. This is to determine how a person's medical condition impacts on their ability to drive safely. Following assessment they may make recommendations including the need for vehicle modifications or lessons to facilitate safe return to driving.
To make a referral to the Occupational Therapy Assessment Program, please complete the VicRoads Medical Report, located here https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/medical-conditions-and-driving/medical-forms and email this report to [email protected]
Plastics / Hand Therapy Service
Occupational Therapy within the hand therapy service provides rehabilitation to those with varying acute hand injuries. Our ultimate goal is to optimise hand function to enable participation in everyday occupations through a variety of treatment modalities
ACE (Advice, Coordination and Expertise) Team/HIP (Health Independence Program) Community Services
Occupational Therapists work within a transdisciplinary capacity in the Advice, Coordination and Expertise team (ACE) to complete assessments and interventions, with the aim of reducing unnecessary presentations to the Emergency Department (ED) and hospital admissions
They also complete Outreach visits to provide short-term, goal focused, occupation based home assessments and interventions to optimize patients' safety in their own home and reduce re-presentation risk.
ACAS (Aged Care Assessment Service)
Occupational Therapists (OTs), within the Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS), are part of My Aged Care. OTs in this role complete comprehensive assessments of clients within their home. ACAS OTs determine the impact of illness and disease on client's daily occupations, ability to access services and manage at home and identify barriers to client's health and wellbeing and carer arrangements.
Referrals and recommendations are made to facilitate appropriate service referrals and eligibility for home care packages and residential respite care to optimise or assist with engagement in daily routines, maintain a client at home or plan for the future.