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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 Therapist

Olivia Firth

Olivia is a Curtin University graduate and Occupational Therapist with over five years experience in developing early intervention plans designed to support young people and their families to achieve their goals.

Olivia has a particular interest in developmental paediatrics and disability support, and is passionate about delivering an exceptional quality of care. Her approach is based on the family centred model, which focuses on building the capacity of the person and their support network to achieve their goals.

Olivia is also experienced in working within a  wide range of funding models including the NDIS, and can provide services under your chronic disease management plan (GP management plan).

Do you need help accessing NDIS?

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

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