Occupational therapy services

Pre-referral guidelines for primary care providers

Public Services

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  • Ballarat Health Services (QECH 53203623, PO Box 577, Ballarat 3353)
    • Queen Elizabeth Centre Occupational Therapy
      • Send referrals to: Central Intake, BHS; fax 53203893
      • Suitable for children prior to school entry with fine motor difficulties only
      • Waiting times: months
    • VPRS (Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service) clinic
      • send referrals to: Dr Fiona Noble, VPRS, Queen Elizabeth Centre, BHS; fax 53203860 attention: Bianca Worboyes
      • Suitable for children for goal directed therapy; short term therapy only
      • Waiting times: months

  • Early Childhood Early Intervention Services  
    • NDIS ECEI 
      • NDIS (1800 800 110) - La Trobe Health (1800 242 696)
      • The NDIS now covers all Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services for children prior to school entry with more than one domain of delay
      • La Trobe Health is the Local Area Coordinator for the Central Grampians and Western District regions
      • See the Early Intervention Services page for referral forms, contact details, etc.

West Grampians

  • Early Childhood Early Intervention Services (see above)
  • Stawell Hospital
    • Naomi Hunter

School services

Public occupational therapy services for school aged children are provided through the DEECD (Department of Education & Early Childhood Development) or Catholic Education Office. These are organised through request to the school that the child attends.

Private Services

Private occupational therapy can be accessed via a Chronic Disease Management Plan (GP) or a Better Access to Mental Health (Mental Health Care Plan - GP or paediatrician).

Previous funding through both the Helping Children With Autism package (FAHCSIA funding) or the Better Start for Children with Disabilities package is now covered through the NDIS (see above).

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Name Address Phone Other*
Felicia Brennan Ookami Kids
Mobile OT to homes & schools
0497094310 NDIS, CDMP, BAMHP
Bridget Dooley Occupational & Play Therapy 0439617450 esp. 2-12 years old, NDIS registered
Simone Dudley On line occupational therapy
Therapy Connect
0438816747 online, primarily 0-8 years old, HCWA, Better Start & NDIS
Emma Farrell OT Dynamics, 311 Creswick Road, Ballarat 53388932 HCWA, Better Start
Inspiring Possibilities Inspiring Possibilities
Mobile OT to homes & schools
1300845863 HCWA, 135
Jessica Marzan Implexa Allied Health
2/15 Main Road, Ballarat
0498121618 specialise in ASD, also have group programs
Becky Newton Ookami Kids
Mobile OT to homes & schools
0497094310 NDIS, CDMP, BAMHP
Pinarc Disability Support Central Intake
1828 Sturt Street, Alfredton
53291398 HCWA, Better Start & NDIS
Emily Spencer Ookami Kids
Mobile OT to homes & schools
0497094310 NDIS, CDMP, BAMHP
Julie Turner      

West Grampians

Name Address Phone Other*
Felicia Brennan Ookami Kids
Mobile OT to homes & schools, cover Ararat, Daylesford, Maryborough
0497094310 NDIS registered
Simone Dudley Therapy Connect
On line
0438816747 online, primarily 0-8 years old, HCWA,
Better Start & NDIS registered
Inspiring Possibilities Inspiring Possibilities
Mobile OT to homes & schools
1300845863 HCWA, 135
Becky Newton Ookami Kids
Mobile OT to homes & schools, cover Ararat, Daylesford, Maryborough
0497094310 NDIS registered, CDMP (not BAMHP)
Kristen Schultz Little Steps Therapy
Horsham
0431556066 HCWA & Better Start registered
Sarni Simpson Cornerstone OT
PO Box 401 Daylesford 
0419119569 NDIS, CDMP
Emily Spencer Ookami Kids
Mobile OT to homes & schools, cover Ararat, Daylesford, Maryborough
0497094310 NDIS registered, CDMP (not BAMHP)

* Occupational therapy services can be accessed via a Chronic Disease Management Plan (from your GP), Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan (from your GP or paediatrician) or NDIS funding.

Previous funding through both the Helping Children With Autism package (FAHCSIA funding) or the Better Start for Children with Disabilities package is now covered through the NDIS (see above).