Occupational Therapy

The Monash Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapy team offer services to all children referred from birth to 18 years old, in both an acute and a community setting.

Phone: (03) 8558 9000

About us

What is an Occupational Therapist?

An Occupational Therapist is an allied health care professional. They work with children and their families to maximise the child’s potential for building and recovering skills. They aim to enhance, enable and empower children’s participation in daily occupations by helping them adapt to the challenges they face as a result of illness, developmental delay, or disability. Daily occupations that the Occupational Therapist will support include self-care (e.g., dressing, showering), productivity (e.g., kindergarten, school), and play/leisure.

Acute Occupational Therapy at Monash Children’s Hospital

Occupational Therapy is involved in the treatment of children from birth through to 18 years of age.

The role of the Occupational Therapist focuses on the individual needs of each child and their family. Services provided by the Occupational Therapist may include:

  • Assessment of current participation in and performance of daily occupations
  • Provision of education, management strategies and equipment to facilitate returning home and going back to kinder/school
  • Assisting with making appropriate referrals to local service providers in the community

Internal referrals are accepted for all inpatients in the hospital.

Outpatient referrals will be considered for:

  • Children who were recently discharged from one of the Monash Children’s wards
  • Children who require Occupational Therapy to promote recovery from their acute condition, prevent readmission to Monash Children’s, or prevent future complications
  • Children referred from a medical or allied health professional working at Monash Children’s
  • Children less than 2 years of age who are not yet receiving community based intervention services

Monash Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapy in the community 

The service operates at multiple sites across the City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Shire of Cardinia.

It assists children aged 0-12 years with:

  • Fine motor/hand skills – pre-writing skills, pencil grip, using scissors, organisation
  • Movement – gross motor skills, co-ordination
  • Cognitive development –concentration, concepts of size, shape, problem-solving, play
  • Sensory awareness
  • Self-care skills, dressing, eating, bathing, toileting, school readiness
  • Social skills
  • We have limited services to children with a disability which include home modifications. This service is only eligible to children who are not eligible for any other disability service

Please contact the service for more information on: Childandfamilyprogram@monashhealth.org

Fees may apply for some services. Please ask access service for information.

Information for patients and families

Acute referrals

Fax: (03) 8572 3048
Postal address:
Occupational Therapy, Monash Children’s Hospital
246 Clayton Road
Clayton, Victoria 3168

Monash Health Acute Occupational Therapy service only accepts referrals from within Monash Health.

Internal inpatient referrals can be made directly to Occupational Therapy from Monash Health medical and Allied Health staff via the Electronic Patient Journey Board.

Outpatient referrals will be accepted from Monash Health medical and allied health staff for patients who are seen at Monash Children’s Hospital clinics or patients who have recently been discharged from Monash Children’s Hospital acute services.

Community referrals 

For referrals please contact us via the following:

Phone: 1300 3 iCARE (1300 342 273), Option 4
Fax: (03) 9554 9221
Email: MHCAccess@monashhealth.org

For more information or assistance with your referral please contact the service on childandfamilyprogram@monashhealth.org.

Eligibility criteria


  • Lives / works / studies or child attends pre-school or child-care in the City of Greater Dandenong, City Of Casey, Shire of Cardinia
  • OR cannot access local services due to poor transport accessibility
  • OR service is not provided by local community health service


  • Clients on waitlist, attending OR previously attended Early Childhood Intervention Programs or Specialist Schools cannot be seen as they should be eligible to receive therapy support at these settings
  • Clients with a developmental diagnosis i.e. Cerebral Palsy, Asperger’s, Autism, global developmental delay

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