Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy department provides care and services to all Inpatients at the Mersey Community Hospital. The department strives to provide quality, evidence based therapies to assist people overcome limitations caused by injury, illness or the effects of ageing.

Services include:

  • Assessment of the patient’s abilities to perform daily living tasks such as personal care, (e.g. showering, dressing, grooming, feeding), household tasks, leisure and work.
  • Provision of treatment programs through relevant and meaningful tasks (occupations), use of adaptive methods and adaptive equipment.
  • Prescription or adaptation of equipment such as wheelchairs, pressure care cushions, bathing equipment. Training in the use of special aids including environmental controls, bathing, dressing and eating aids.
  • Home assessment visits – assessment of the patient's capabilities in their home environment including assessment of access, mobility, safety and daily living skills. Recommendations are made regarding needs of the patient and changes in the home environment in preparation for discharge.
  • Assessment of upper limb (arm) function.
  • Hand and upper limb (arm) treatment, including splinting.
  • Discharge planning (activities to assist patients to get home) in conjunction with other health team members.
  • Referral to and liaison with community service organisations.
  • Providing advice to external enquirers on areas of clinical expertise.
  • Training of Occupational Therapy students and, less frequently, students of other disciplines or those seeking work experience.
  • Providing information and advice to patients and family members.


All referrals must be written and can be received from doctors, nursing staff or other allied health members. Referral forms can be accessed in all patient areas and patients must consent to referral. Referrals will be followed up within 24 hours of the OT receiving them.

Hours of Service

Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.00pm