Ascend Health Group

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Private referrals for occupational therapy

You don't need to visit a GP before booking an Occupational Therapist

Our occupational therapist works with teachers and families to identify a child's individual and environmental abilities and problems related to school performance. Intervention focuses on programs that are person oriented and designed to improve performance of everyday tasks at school and other familiar settings.

How a GP can help to reduce costs

A GP can provide you with a Chronic Disease Management Plan (formerly enhanced Primary Care Plan). This allows you to claim partial reimbursement for up to five therapy sessions per calendar year.

Only a GP can assess if you are eligible for this program. Once you have your plan, you simply bring it with you to your assessment and we’ll complete the rest.

When should you seek out an occupational therapist?

Teachers and parents seek out the help of an OT when they're concerned about children not meeting certain developmental milestones which are negatively impacting their performance at home, in school, or whilst participating in the community. It is important to address any concerns early so that children can develop the healthy behaviours needed for long-term positive development as they get older.

Refer for an assessment if you find children are falling behind in the following areas:

Handwriting

Coordination

Attention/concentration

Playing

Organisational skills

Organising personal belongings like school bags.

Self-care

Dressing, toileting, eating.

Sensory/emotional regulation

Managing emotions, attention and concentration.

Social skills

Improve confidence.

Our services

Initial Assessment

Children 4-12 years old

Total time allocated to package is 3 hrs

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  • 1 hour in-home assessment.
  • Travel to and from your home
  • Standardised and non-standardised assessments - depending on the child's needs, we select the most appropriate assessment
  • Comprehensive report - includes a 2-3 page summary of the child's performance which can be shared with other health professionals or with your school

Enhanced Initial Assessment

Children 4-12 years old

Total time allocated to package is 6 hrs

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  • 1 hour in-home assessment.
  • 1 hour in-classroom observation/discussion with education staff.
  • Travel to and from your home and school.
  • Standardised and non-standardised assessments - depending on the child's needs, we select the most appropriate assessment
  • Expanded comprehensive report that includes a 3-4 page summary of the child's performance at home and in the classroom based on both assessments which can be shared with other health professionals or with your school

Follow-up sessions can be arranged

We can organise additional sessions following an assessment. These can be arranged to be completed either at the child's home or at their school, and will be charged at the standard hourly rate for occupational therapy or part-there-of.

Meet our Occupational Therapists

Olivia Firth is a senior occupational therapist at Ascend Health Group

Olivia Firth

Olivia has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the disability space for 7 years and is passionate about supporting children, adolescents and young adults to maximise their performance and participation in their everyday life. She does this through working in a caring, creative and family centred manner. Olivia holds a special interest in early intervention and emotional regulation.

Olivia is devoted to supporting the next generation of health professionals to set a higher standard of healthcare in disability. She achieves this by leading the training and development of healthcare providers at Ascend Health.

Donna Pocklington is an occupational therapist at Ascend Health Group

Donna Pocklington

Donna is a Curtin University graduate with 1st class honours in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with children, teens and adults with disabilities, and a special interest in working with people and families with Autism.

Donna is part of our assessment team that visit new members in the community to assess their needs and ensure they receive the most suitable supports, whether that is therapy services or ongoing sessions with support workers or therapy assistance.

Jordy Nixon is an occupational therapist at Ascend Health Group

Jordy Nixon

Jordy graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science: Occupational Therapy with Honours. With 3.5 years working as a support worker, Jordy has experience supporting people with differing abilities and helping them engage in their environment and achieve their goals.

Kieran Lowry Occupational Therapist Ascend Health Group

Kieran Lowry

Kieran is an enthusiastic and sporty, graduate Occupational Therapist from Curtin University. Kieran previously worked as a Support Worker at Ascend Health Group for two and a half years before transitioning into the role of an Occupational Therapist.

Kieran is passionate about working with children and teenagers to help them achieve their goals.

Do you need help accessing NDIS?

For NDIS funded Occupational Therapy, contact us to make a booking.

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