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Occupational Therapy - Face to Face and Telehealth Available

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Feel Better For Life

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What is it?

Occupational therapy is used when someone is having difficulty with simple everyday tasks. It provides support for people whose health, disability or injury makes it difficult for them to accomplish things that they would either like to do, or can’t complete without assistance.

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How does it work, to heal you?

Occupational therapists work with people of any age – including children and older people – to help them participate in their daily activities and to live life to the fullest.

An occupational therapist identifies your strengths and difficulties and helps you work out practical solutions to help you maintain, regain or improve your independence. Those solutions can be either using different techniques, changing your environment or using new equipment.

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Why are we different?

Our therapists specialise in working with children and adopt a 'sensory integrative' approach to address problems with behaviour, learning and normal daily functioning. Their aim is to help children become as independent as possible, in all areas of their life.

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While you're with us, you'll enjoy:


  • Friendly, warm and helpful receptionists
  • Individualised holistic paediatric OT care
  • Fully equipped Sensory Integration children’s therapy gym
  • Complementary Tea and coffee
  • Private health funds
  • Private billing
  • Two comfortable children’s waiting areas
 
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Occupational therapy services available:


  • Assessments
  • Individual therapy
  • Joint therapy sessions (two allied health professionals)
  • Group therapy
  • Classroom and home observations
  • Therapeutic listening program
  • Cogmed program
  • Co-consulting with other health & allied health professionals

Our therapists are qualified to undertake and advise you on:

Our occupational therapists (OTs):

  • Work in a specifically designed space, with highly specialised sensory integration therapy equipment to optimise our treatment programs
  • Specialise in sensory integration therapy – working predominately with children who have learning or developmental setbacks, or are on the ASD spectrum
  • Work closely with other practitioners within our paediatric team, including Speech Therapists, Psychologists and Dietitians
  • Our head leader OT, Marga Grey, is a recognised author, children's program developer, and authority on sensory integration therapy and is highly respected for her extensive knowledge and experience. 
  • All OT’s share information, learn from each other and ensure that they exceed the target of 30 hours Professional Development per year.
 

Occupational Therapy Telehealth


  • If you have ever used skype, facetime, messenger video, you will be able to do this – it’s essentially a video chat.
  • It allows you to stay home for your safety (and potentially convenience).
  • We will send you the information via email that walks you through the simple process of setting it all up.
  • Patients must complete a consent form prior to having a telehealth session.

Fees

  • Existing Occupational Therapy fees apply for telehealth appointments.
  • Medicare funded EPC appointments – the Department of Health has stipulated certain criteria for patients at risk of Covid-19, which if met, will trigger a bulk-billed Occupational Therapy EPC appointment.  Please discuss these criteria with your Occupational Therapist if you currently have an EPC plan.   
  • Health fund claiming – many health funds are now also rebating for telehealth appointments.  Please confirm with your own private health fund, should you be wanting to claim a rebate under your private health cover.

Practitioners

  • Katie Beard – Telehealth only
  • Sophie Bowen – looking to transition to Telehealth only
  • Jillian Hrstich – combination of Face-to-face and Telehealth
  • Ashley Potgieter – happy to see children Face-to-face, or consider Telehealth should the parent request.

 

 
 

Marguerite Moir

B.Occ.Thy (Hons)

Marguerite’s work is driven by her desire to make a difference in the lives of the children she works with and to empower parents with a greater understanding of their child’s developmental complexities.

 
 

Sophie Bowen

MOccThySt.; BHlthSc.

Sophie loves seeing children and their families achieve goals that they once thought may not happen.  With a friendly, fun and bubbly personality, Sophie is able to  build and create therapeutic relationships very quickly.

 
 

Katie Beard

B.Occ.Thy (Hons)

Katie believes that Occupational Therapists are professional problem-solvers, and being able to help people problem-solve through difficult situations is extremely rewarding for her.  She became an OT because she was enthusiastic about a career that is challenging, creative and involve helping people.

 
 

Jillian Hrstich

B.Occ.Thy (Hons)

After helping her own mother recover after having a stroke, Jill realised she wanted to help people who are facing adversity to improve their lives.  Coupled with her enjoyment in working with children, particularly since having her own, made paediatric Occupational Therapy an obvious choice.  

 
 

Ashley Potgieter

Master of Advanced OT, BOccThy

Ashley always wanted a career in Health and felt Occupational Therapy really aligned with her desire to support people, empower them and make a positive impact on their lives.  She thrives on being able to help her clients participate in activities they thought were too challenging.  When working with children, Ashley loves seeing families have better quality time together and leave parents feeling more confident about the future.  

 
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Sensory Integration


What is Sensory Integration?

We access the world through our seven senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch and the two related to movement (vestibular sense and proprioceptive sense)

The vestibular sense is a sophisticated sense in the inner ear that tells us when our bodies are displaced and helps us to orient to movement. The proprioceptive sense provides feedback from muscle movement and joint position, sometimes referred to as the ’body sense’ or ‘body awareness’.

The brain filters, organises and translates the messages from all the senses at any given moment in time. This massive amount of information helps us to focus on what is important while deciding what is unimportant. To behave appropriately and to react according to the demands in the environment, all sensory information sent to the brain needs to be processed and integrated effectively.

Problems with sensory processing and integration create problems in behaviour and in the reaction to demands in the environment. A person can find it difficult to pay attention and to sit still, can be sensitive to textures, can be a picky eater, can enjoy movement excessively or can avoid specific movement.

Poor sensory processing affects many aspects of a person's functioning negatively. Usually it has an emotional component as well and a person might feel insecure, has a poor self image and has issues with socialising and sleeping.

A Sensory Integrative program will address all aspects of sensory processing and work to re-align the integration of the mass of sensory information that is passed to the brain.

 
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Intervention


We access resources and interventions to ensure the best outcome for each child and family. We believe in:

  • early intervention;
  • a team approach;
  • accurate and intensive assessment;
  • parent/family involvement and support;
  • when needed, teacher/educator involvement and support;
  • therapy sessions to fit the demands of the family;
  • when needed, observations at home and/or school to provide effective strategies for home and/or classroom.

We provide services under:

  • Medicare
  • Mental Health Care Plan
  • FaHCSIA
  • Helping children with Autism
  • NDIS when it will be rolled out in Brisbane in 2018.
 

Occupational Therapy in Schools


A school based group therapy program can be arranged with your child’s school where requested.  Group OT sessions are run on the school premises and fit within the school term, and within school hours. This model not only supports working parents who might find it difficult to secure time off to take their child to therapy sessions, but also greatly reduces the student's time out from the classroom and their learning.

Screening assessments are conducted for new referrals  where the student's needs are identified and suitability for group therapy is considered. Individual therapy sessions can also be arranged if this is deemed to be more suitable. The following groups are currently offered in our school therapy program: 

  • Fine motor skills
  • Foundational skills (sensory motor skills)
  • Handwriting
  • Self-regulation
 

Department Hours & Fees


Department Hours

Monday         12:00pm - 6:30pm

Tuesday          7:00am - 6:30pm

Wednesday     7:30am - 5:30pm

Thursday        7:30am - 6:30pm

Friday            7:30am - 1:00pm

Please check with reception for the times that our Occupational Therapists are working, as hours may vary without notice.

Consultation Fees

  • Initial Assessments (2 Required) - (approx. 50 minutes)  $195/session

NDIS Initial Assessment is $274.11 and includes the report fee.

  • Feedback Session - (approx. 50 minutes)  $195
  • Therapy Sessions - (approx. 50 minutes)  $170

Health Fund Rebates Applicable

Reports

If you are in need of a report regarding your child, please discuss with your OT.  Reports are charged depending on their level of complexity, as follows:

1. Basic Report/Letter - summary and recommendations.     $100 + GST

We recommend this option for school and home purposes.

2. Comprehensive Report - background and history, assessment outcomes and discussion and recommendations.      $250 + GST

We recommend this option to support Paediatrician visits.

Health Fund Rebates Applicable

FaHCSIA Appointments

An administration fee of $10 per consultation will be added to our normal fees to cover the additional administrative requirements of FaHCSIA funding.

Autism and Better Start Initiatives

Early intervention assistance funding

The early intervention funding under the Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) and Better Start Initiative packages are aimed at providing increased access to early intervention for children aged zero to six with an ASD or Downs Syndrome, Fragile X, Cerebral Palsy and Hearing or Visual Impairments. The funding supports the delivery of multidisciplinary evidence based early intervention to facilitate improved cognitive, emotional and social development prior to a child starting school.

To be eligible for the early intervention funding package a child must have received a diagnosis, and have been seen by an Autism or Better Start Advisor and deemed eligible to access the program prior to their sixth birthday. The $12,000 in funding under the early intervention component can be used until the child's seventh birthday to a maximum of $6,000 per financial year.

Funding for these services is accessed via FaHCSIA.

Medicare Rebates

Medicare rebates can be accessed by children under 15 years with the same medical conditions as above, as long they received a diagnosis prior to 13 years of age.

A referral under this plan can either be for assistance with the diagnosis process (up to 4 sessions), or for treatment after receiving diagnosis (up to 20 sessions). Note that these sessions cannot be renewed annually, and can be used for other allied health services as well as OT (with the total number of services not exceeding 4 and/or 20). The sessions are available for children with Autism or a Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD).

Medicare Autism Rebates

MBS Item No.

Key Features

MBS Scheduled Fee

MBS Rebate (July 2012)

82010

Occupational therapy service provided to assist the referring practitioner in the diagnosis of the child and/or in the development of the child's PDD plan. The child must be aged under 13 years, and the service must be at least 50 mins in duration. Total of 4 sessions per child.

$86.30

$73.40

82025

Occupational therapy service provided to a child, aged under 15 years (and who was aged under 13 years at the time of receiving their PDD plan) for treatment of their particular condition. The service must be at least 50 mins in duration. Total of 20 sessions per child.

$86.30

$73.40

Who can refer

Either an eligible consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist.

Reporting

Your therapist will report to you, your doctor, and other professionals and academic role players in your child's life. Written reports at additional cost of $100 after the initial assessment and written progress reports as necessary, at a cost of $50 - $100.

More Information

On funding for children with autism:
FaHCSIA website

On funding for children eligible under Better Start:
FaHCSIA website

Appointments

If you make an appointment for your child, we recommend 2 appointments of 50min each for assessments and then a feedback session where the outcome of the assessments is discussed with the parents (preferably without the child).

If you are unsure about the way we can help you, you are welcome to make one appointment to discuss your specific needs.

Cancellation Policy

We value your time and your appointment is important to us. As missed appointments may inconvenience other patients, a cancellation fee of a normal consultation for missed appointments and appointments cancelled within 24 hours notice will apply. Please contact us at your earliest opportunity to avoid unnecessary charges.

Contact our Reception team on (07) 3249 5333 for further information.