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The Paediatric Occupational Therapists at DPV Health are committed to providing a quality service for young children up to 12 years of age (age eligibility may vary depending on the site), working within a family-centred and community-building approach.

We offer support to children who are experiencing delay in one developmental area, and we will work in partnership with you and/or your child to assist your child in participating in everyday activities at home, pre-school, school, and/or in the community.

A referral should be made to a Paediatric Occupational Therapist if a child is having difficulties with:

  • Fine motor and hand skills: dexterity, grasping, holding a pencil
  • Visual-motor skills and handwriting: copying shapes and letters
  • Self-care skills: getting dressed, using cutlery, toileting, fasteners
  • Sensory/motor integration skills: sensitivities to textures, poor balance, clumsy, fearful of, or seeking movement e.g. swings
  • Visual-perceptual skills: discriminating shapes, letters, numbers, matching skills
  • Coordination and gross motor skills: hopping, skipping, catching a ball, posture

Following an assessment of your child, we will work with you to create an Occupational Therapy Care Plan. The plan is a written agreement about how we can work together to help your child best achieve the agreed goals.

A child’s therapy program may consist of one or more options including group therapy, individual sessions, blocks of therapy, a home program, monitoring, review, kinder and school visits, or referral to other services.

We value working in partnership with families and care providers to assist children to achieve greater independence, develop skills and support participation in age-appropriate activities.

Our service is available to children aged up to 12 years age eligibility may vary depending on the site), who are experiencing a development delay.

Fees may apply, depending on your family’s income level. The services are free for low-income families or Health Care Card holders.

Contact our Intake Service:
> City of Hume – 1300 234 263
> City of Whittlesea – 9409 8724

We accept referrals from GPs, Paediatricians, specialists, Maternal and Child Health Nurses or other health professionals, Early Years Educators, carers or family members. All referrals MUST have parental consent.

Health professionals are requested to send referrals by:

  • E-referral via Connecting Care
  • Fax 8339 9898
  • Post to PO Box 197 Glenroy 3046

Wait lists may apply. Priority is given to pre-school children, according to identified needs.

For current clients that would like to book or cancel appointments, contact Reception on 1300 234 263.

At time of referral, the following information will be required:

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s date of birth
  • Current address and telephone number
  • Parent/caregiver’s names
  • Reason for referral
  • Any other relevant information

Please note that your first appointment may involve the following:

  • Discussion of relevant background information about your child
  • Informal observation of your child’s developmental skills during play/activities
  • Formal testing of your child’s skills
  • Discussion about your child’s Occupational Therapy needs

Interpreters are available at no extra cost.