About Occupational Therapy

  • The Occupational Therapy (OT) department at The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) provides inpatient and outpatient services for infants, children, adolescents with a wide range of medical conditions. Our team works closely with families, carers, community services and other health care professionals to ensure the best occupational therapy outcomes for our patients.

    What does an RCH Occupational Therapist do?

    Occupational Therapists facilitate children’s and adolescent’s participation in meaningful daily activities through provision of specialist paediatric services and collaboration with families and the community.

    The focus of Occupational Therapy is to:

    • Provide assessment of the child's current occupational performance in the areas of self-care, play and productivity
    • Determine the needs of the child and family in managing these occupations at home or school on discharge
    • Provide management strategies, education, equipment and simple environmental modifications to home/school environment
    • Ensure that appropriate referrals are made for local Occupational Therapy and other services