Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Service provides:

  • Individual therapy to address difficulties in specific tasks (e.g. showering, dressing, eating, community access and activities, home duties)
  • Home assessments to address safety and access
  • Prescription of health care equipment (e.g. wheelchairs, bathroom aids)
  • Personal alarm information and prescription
  • Upper limb rehabilitation from injury, post surgery or neurological episode
  • Pressure care advice
  • Education on energy conservation and stress management
  • Paediatric services for developmental delays, sensory processing conditions
  • Assessment of cognition and management strategies
  • Assistance with discharge planning from the acute ward/ transition care program
  • Assistance with access to funding for health equipment or home modifications

What is Occupational Therapy?  

Occupational Therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. Occupations are the activities and roles within our daily living that are individually important to us.

Occupational Therapy aims to enable people to safely participate in their everyday living activities. Occupational Therapists do this by working directly on a person’s deficits or by using education and modification.  Modification can mean the use of equipment or modification of the occupation or physical environment.

Occupational Therapists believe in a holistic approach to treatment and therefore they may work with clients in the hospital, at home, at work, in the community or at school. Occupational Therapists work with all age groups and abilities using a client-centred approach which includes exploring a person’s goals and issues.  

What type of conditions can Occupational Therapy help with?

Occupational Therapy helps people to cope with health conditions. These may include:  SHDH-OT

  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Developmental delays
  • Upper limb conditions and injuries
  • Neurological conditions
  • Disabilities
  • Stroke
  • Age- related conditions
  • Reduced mobility and falls
  • Arthritis 

Occupational Therapy at Swan Hill District Health

The Occupational Therapy Department at Swan Hill District Health offers services to people in hospital, Transition Care Program, aged care (Extended Care Unit and Jacaranda Lodge) and people living in the community. If you are in hospital you will be seen as a priority if indicated. If you are living in the community you will be seen in your home or in the centre. You can self refer or another health service may refer you. For people living in the community there may be a waiting list which is prioritised according to need.

The team at Swan Hill District Health covers the areas bounded by Tresco to Piangil and Lalbert, Ultima and Chinkapook and does not service people living in New South Wales unless by special arrangement.

The Occupational Therapists at Swan Hill District Health are all nationally registered in accordance with the new requirements which recognise the specialised nature of the profession.

This service is supported by funding from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the HACC–PYP, CHSP and Community Health programs, eligibility criteria will apply.

Although funding for Occupational Therapy Services has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.

Occupational Therapy Brochure

SHDH Children's Health Services Brochure


Occupational Therapy

Address:     Cnr Splatt & McCrae Sts. Swan Hill

Phone:       03 5033 9322

Email:        tmcmahen@shdh.org.au



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