Occupational therapy

About Occupational Therapy

Key points on this page:

  • Occupational Therapists can work in your home or any place in the community that you choose.
  • You receive approximately 3.5 hours of Allied Health Assistant support for 1 hour of Occupational Therapy. 

About the service

Brighter Connections will commence offering a flexible, mobile Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service in early 2021.  Our Occupational Therapists will work with the family, child and young person on the things that will make the biggest positive difference in their lives.

How it works

Our highly skilled and experienced Occupational Therapists work with children, young people, and their families on a regular basis to practice skills and strategies. They also work with parents to educate them on how to implement these skills and strategies in everyday life.

Using the service

Occupational Therapy is not specifically listed in NDIS plans.  We can help support children and young people who have NDIS Plans where Capacity Building is Self-Managed or Plan Managed. 

To join the waitlist please call us on 0451 262 865.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use funding for Occupational Therapy flexibly?

Yes, the funds in the plan can be used flexibly, as long as they are being used to achieve the goal. Funding for Occupational Therapy comes out of the Capacity Building budget in your NDIS plan.  It is not actually the Occupational Therapy that is funded in the plan but any support that will help you achieve the goal.

Can I use an Allied Health Assistant to save money?

Allied Health Assistants are funded from the same part of the NDIS Plan as Occupational Therapy.  You receive approximately 3.5 hours of Allied Health Assistant support for 1 hour of Occupational Therapy.  Allied Health Assistants must work under the direction of a qualified registered professional, receive ongoing supervision, and report back on progress toward goal attainment.

Does the Occupational Therapist come out to my home?

Yes – our Occupational Therapy service (starting in early 2021) is both flexible and mobile which means the Occupational Therapists can work in your home or any place in the community that you choose. This could include meeting you and your child or young person in a community setting to practice socialization strategies.

Do Occupational Therapists prescribe equipment?

NDIS plans include funding for Occupational Therapists to trial and prescribe equipment.  This process includes completing an Assistive Technology Form for the NDIS which outlines the justification for the equipment as well as the cost of that equipment. Once an Occupational Therapist has prescribed a piece of equipment the plan will be reviewed and updated to include the cost.