Primary Care Occupational Therapy

What is primary care Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Primary care Occupational Therapists work within an interdisciplinary team to provide goal directed care to support clients in maximising their independence and safety within a community setting. Service is generally based in the client’s home or community health centre in which they engage. OT’s are located at the following Barwon Health sites:

  • Belmont Community Health Centre
  • Corio Community Health Centre
  • Newcomb Community Health Centre
  • Surfcoast Community Health Centre


Who can use the service?

People living in the community with a disability, chronic medical condition and / or a recent change to their health or living circumstance.


What services are provided?

OT’s may recommend equipment, modifications or techniques to make it easier and safer for clients and / or their carer to complete everyday tasks that are important to them, for example:

  • hand rails in the bathroom and toilet
  • ramps or handrails to help you go up and down stairs safely
  • equipment to increase safety with activities of daily living
  • wheelchairs, mobility scooters and other aids to help mobility
  • strategies to help reduce the risk of falling
  • coping with fatigue or other symptoms of illness
  • ways to help management of memory difficulties
  • minimise risk of developing pressure injury


How to access this service?

Referrals may come from anyone including the family, doctor, specialist, yourself or other advocates for them. All enquiries should be made through Community Health and Rehabilitation Services Information and Access on Ph. 1300 715 673.

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.