Department of Health Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Occupational Therapy

Tel: (08) 6457 2855
Fax: (08) 6457 3599
Location: Lower Ground Floor, G Block
Office hours: Monday to Friday 0800 - 1600
Head of Department: Annette Barton

Occupational Therapists are health professionals who provide assessment, consultation and treatment for people with physical and psychological problems. Occupational Therapists enable individuals to engage in activities of daily living to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing. We develop, improve, sustain and restore independence to any person who has an injury, illness, disability or psychological dysfunction.

People may need Occupational Therapy as their ability to perform everyday tasks may be affected by illness, accident, injury or age.

The Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Occupational Therapy Service provides a range of services for inpatients, outpatients and community patients including:

  • Assessment of skills in self-care and household duties
  • Training in self-care and home management skills to promote safety and independence
  • Rehabilitation to improve performance in daily activities. For example, upper limb rehabilitation to improve co-ordination, strength, movement and function.
  • Cognitive and memory assessment, retraining and education
  • Home environment assessment and modification to reduce risks and improve safety and independence
  • Prescription and education in the use of adaptive equipment to assist with improving function  and safety
  • Hand Assessment and treatment. For example, splinting.
  • Falls Assessment, intervention and education for inpatients and outpatients.
  • Pressure and Seating assessment, intervention and education

Occupational Therapists are registered to practice through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).