About Occupational Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

    Occupational Therapy (OT) at the Royal Children's Hospital is one of the departments within Allied Health. Occupational Therapists (OT's) at RCH provide high quality evidenced-based assessment, treatment and consultation for infants, children and adolescents whose medical condition requires specialist, tertiary-level knowledge which cannot be obtained through community services. RCH OT's are committed to maximising a child's potential for building and recovering skills to enable participation in their daily occupations. Daily occupations include self care (e.g. dressing, showering), productivity (e.g. preschool/kindergarten, school) and play/leisure.

    RCH Occupational Therapy referrals

    The OT Department only accepts referrals from within the Royal Children's Hospital. 

    RCH staff can refer directly to OT, to facilitate safe participation in occupations on the ward and for discharge. 

    For urgent inpatient (within 48 hours) referrals, please call extension 59300, and submit an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) referral.

    For non-urgent inpatient, and for outpatient referrals please submit an EMR referral.

    Outpatient referrals will be considered for:

    • tertiary-level OT assessment and recommendations prior to or following an acute RCH admission
    • provision of assessment for children who have had a change in function and due to their rare and medically complex condition require a tertiary-level OT consultation which cannot be obtained through the community.