Occupational therapy

A female occupational therapist measures the range of movement in a female patient's hand

Our occupational therapy department evaluates, consults and treats 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.

Based at the Fremantle Hospital campus, which is part of the Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group, we provide a range of services for inpatients, outpatients and community patients.

Our services

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 coordination, strength and movement
  • hand therapy and splinting
  • assessment and modification of the home environment to improve safety and independence
  • prescription of, and education in using, 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)
  • hand therapy clinic (inpatients and outpatients)
  • lymphoedema services (inpatients and outpatients)
  • domiciliary home visiting and carpentry (hospital and community CAEP patients).

How to access our services

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 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.

Information for health professionals

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Equipment and appliance loan returns

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

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. 

Contact us

Head of Department: Stephanie Coates

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

Opening hours

8.00am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday

Equipment and appliance loan returns

Location: Level 4, V Block, Alma Street, Fremantle.
8.00am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday

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