Occupational Therapy – Paediatrics Community

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Occupational therapists work with children, their families and community to develop functional skills in order to help them participate and engage better in their home, school/kinder and community.

Focussing on key areas such as developing confidence with their self-care skills, productivity (learning at school or kinder), and leisure (social, emotional and behavioural development) services offered include:

  • Fine Motor Skills (hand and finger strength, drawing, cutting and writing) Handwriting (letter formation, number formations, and pencil grasp).
  • Handwriting speed assessments
  • Gross motor skills (Postural control, coordination and motor planning I.e., playing on playground equipment)
  • School readiness skills
  • Self-care skills (using cutlery, dressing, sleep routines and toilet training)
  • Listening and following instructions at school/kinder, sitting, attending and concentrating
  • Play skills and social skills (playing with other children, sharing and turn taking)
  • Organising self and keeping track of belongings
  • Sensory regulation/processing (sensory sensitivities to touch, sounds and smells, difficulties sitting for meals etc.)

Eligibility Criteria

This service is for children (0-12 years) who:

  • live, work, study or attend pre-school or child-care in the City of Greater Dandenong, City Of Casey or Cardinia Shire
  • OR cannot access local services due to poor transport accessibility

This service is not for children who:

  • come from a high income family
  • are eligible for, or currently accessing:
    • Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA)
    • Local Area Coordination (LAC) or have a NDIS plan have a diagnosis that would enable them to get NDIS
  • attend Specialist Schools as they should be able to receive therapy support through school.

Referral Method(s)

Referrals should be sent by eReferral through Healthlink or by email.

Phone:  03 8572 5631
Email:  icareaccess@monashhealth.org

Eligible Postcodes

City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey or Cardinia Shire

  • Greater Dandenong – 3171, 3172, 3173, 3174, 3175, 3975
  • Casey – 3156, 3177, 3802, 3803, 3804, 3805, 3806, 3807, 3912, 3975, 3976, 3977, 3978, 3980
  • Cardinia – 3139, 3159, 3781, 3782, 3783, 3806, 3807, 3808, 3809, 3810, 3812, 3813, 3814, 3815, 3816,3978, 3980, 3981, 3984,3987

Additional information required

Include all patient demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results:

Service contact details:

Service Enquiries: 03 8558 9000
Service Enquiries Email: childandfamilyprogram@monashhealth.org

Contact hours: 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

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Please review the eligibility criteria before submitting a referral.