Occupational Therapy


What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational Therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement

What do Occupational Therapists do?

Here are some examples of the kinds of work that Occupational Therapists do:

Working with children:


  • Helping children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  • Educating and involving parents, carers and others to facilitate the normal development and learning of children.


Rehabilitation and aged care:


  • Designing individual and group programs and activities to enhance clients independence in everyday activities.
  • Improving clients confidence and self-esteem in social situations
  • Helping clients regain or enhance their daily lives after specific events such as hip replacement or stroke.
  • Assessing and modifying clients home and community environments to improve their safety and independence.
  • Prescribing and educating clients and carers in the use of adaptive equipment to assist function.


Acute care:


  • Assessing client’s cognition, function and psychosocial needs.
  • Monitoring client’s function and progress, prescribing adaptive equipment to ensure safety upon discharge from hospitals.


Source: Occupational Therapy Australia website

Hand Therapy:

  • Assessment and treatment of hand injuries & conditions (i.e. fractures, ligament or tendon injuries, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome).
  • Pain management, functional retraining, provision of an orthosis or splint, exercises and strengthening to maximise hand function.

Occupational Therapy services are provided to:


  • The community (including Home and Community care- HACC)
  • Inpatients at Portland District Health Rehabilitation programs
  • Residents in Harbourside Lodge


Office Hours

Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 4.30pm

Office location

Health Services Building, Portland District Health

Contact Details

Phone:(03) 5521 0653

Fax:(03) 5521 0372



Occupational therapy services may be accessed directly by individuals, their family members and / or care givers.

Referrals from your GP or other health professional may be emailed or faxed to the above contacts.