Occupational Therapy

About us

We provide evaluation, consultation and treatment for people with physical, psychological, developmental and neurological problems. The aim of occupational therapy is to maximise an individual’s functional independence in aspects of daily living including self-care, domestic tasks, work, recreation, social interaction, community access and mobility.

We provide a range of services for inpatients, outpatients and community patients. Services are based at the main Fremantle Hospital campus and the Moss Street Centre.

We are committed to achieving maximum independence and quality of life for our patients by providing a service which:

  • uses current evidence to guide best practice
  • is accountable to both our patients and the wider community
  • is sustained by high-quality teaching, training and research
  • provides efficient services within the context of available resources.

Our occupational therapists provide a range of services including:

  • assessment of skills in self-care, home duties, performance at work or school, driving, leisure and socialisation
  • training in self-care and home management skills to increase independence
  • physical rehabilitation to improve co-ordination, strength and movement
  • hand therapy and splinting
  • assessment and modification of the home environment to improve safety and independence
  • prescription of, and education in the use of, adapted equipment to assist function
  • training in work simplification and energy conservation
  • advising carers/family on lifting and transferring techniques
  • cognitive (thinking) and memory assessment and retraining
  • counselling and education
  • stress management and relaxation.

Our team provide services to number of areas within our hospital including:

  • General Medicine and medical specialties (inpatients)
  • General Surgery and Orthopaedics (inpatients)
  • Aged care rehabilitation (inpatients)
  • Rehabilitation in the Home/RITH (post-discharge)
  • Aged Care Assessment Team/ACAT (community)
  • Moss Street Centre (outpatients)
  • Hand Therapy Clinic (inpatients and outpatients)
  • Lymphoedema services (inpatients and outpatients)
  • Domiciliary home visiting and carpentry (hospital and community CAEP patients).

Patient information

We encourage you to be actively involved in all aspects of your health care and invite you to read the Patient First booklet found throughout Fremantle Hospital.

Inpatients and outpatients

If you are an inpatient or outpatient of Fremantle Hospital you can access occupational therapy services via a referral from your treating doctor.

Community patients

If you currently live in the community, within the Fremantle Hospital catchment area, you can access occupational therapy services via a referral from your GP (eligibility criteria apply).

For further information on access to our services, please contact us.

Equipment and appliance loan returns

Please return all equipment and appliances to the Occupational Therapy department.

Information for health professionals

Information for GPs

We provide outpatient and community services to patients residing in the Fremantle Hospital catchment area. Services include outpatient hand and upper limb therapy, lymphoedema management, neurological rehabilitation, and community domiciliary home visiting.

Aids and equipment are only provided to Community Aids and Equipment Program (CAEP) (external site) eligible clients. Our Head of Department is the CAEP Manager for the Fremantle region and can be contacted on the main department telephone number. For more information on CAEP please see the CAEP referral kit (external site).

Hand Therapy Clinic
Provides assessment and treatment of hand and upper limb conditions, aiming to restore function and maximise independence. To receive this service, community patients must be CAEP (Community Aids and Equipment Program) eligible – that is, be the holder of a pension/disability card, require treatment for a 'disability of a permanent or indefinite nature' and not currently eligible under any other system i.e. DVA, MVIT or workers’ compensation – refer to CAEP GP Referral Kit (external site). Referrals for patients with acute or non-permanent conditions, such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, will not be accepted under this system.

Oedema management
Provides a service for the management of upper and lower limb oedema. This includes the prescription and measurement of custom-made garments. To receive this service, patients must be CAEP eligible – refer to CAEP GP Referral Kit (external site). Please note that lower limb compression garments are contraindicated in the presence of arterial disease. In order to assess suitability for garments, patients with lower limb oedema require an Arterial Doppler Ultrasound to establish the Ankle Brachial Pressure Index or ABPI. This is to be carried out prior to attending the oedema clinic.

Domiciliary home visiting and carpentry service
Provides occupational therapy assessment of clients in their own homes with regard to provision of domiciliary aids and equipment.  Aids and equipment are only provided to CAEP eligible clients i.e. to people with 'a disability of a permanent or indefinite nature' – refer to CAEP GP Referral Kit (external site).

Contacts
Head of Department: Julie Bartley or Caroline Randles
Phone: +61 8 9431 2098
Fax: +61 8 9431 2098
Email: FHOccupationalTherapy@health.wa.gov.au

General community and outpatient referrals
Community and outpatient referrals may be posted or faxed to the Fremantle Hospital Central Referral Department.

Postal Address: PO Box 480, Fremantle WA 6959
Fax: +61 8 9431 2009

Outpatient referrals
Outpatient occupational therapy services are also provided at the Moss Street Centre and may be accessed by a referral to the Department of Community and Geriatric Medicine. Patients are predominantly seen via the Parkinson’s Disease Clinic, Balance and Mobility Clinic, General Geriatric Clinic and neurology outpatients.

Postal Address: PO Box 480 Fremantle WA 6959
Fax – Moss Street Centre: 9319 8655

Education/training opportunities

We are involved in the education of undergraduate and masters occupational therapy students from Curtin University of Technology and Edith Cowan University. Occupational Therapists provide practical clinical fieldwork experiences for students ranging from 1 to 8 weeks in duration.

We do not offer work experience. However, an Introduction to Occupational Therapy session is offered for prospective Occupational Therapists. Run four times a year, the presentation goes for approximately 90 minutes and gives an overview of our service. Contact the Occupational Therapy department for details.

Employment opportunities

See current job vacancies (external site)

Contact: Julie Bartley
Position: Head of Department
Phone: +61 8 9431 2098
Fax: +61 8 9431 2099
Email: FHOccupationalTherapy@health.wa.gov.au

Additional information

Contact us

Location: Level 4, V Block, Alma Street
Phone: +61 8 9431 2098
Fax: +61 8 9431 2099
Email: FHOccupationalTherapy@health.wa.gov.au

Operating hours

8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Equipment and appliance loan returns

Location: Level 4, V Block
8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

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