Occupational Therapy Services for Children & Youth

Working together to build the skills for living a fulfilling life.

Based at UniSA’s City West Health and Medical Clinic, the Occupational Therapy (OT) Service offers assessment and treatment for children and youth. Services are delivered year-round by fully accredited and experienced OTs. 

We deliver services that are flexible and family-centred, which may be funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with rebates also available via Medicare with a health plan referral, and Private Health Cover.

As part of an interdisciplinary service, the OT will work with the important people in your child’s life (for example family, teachers and other therapists) to share goals, progress and strategies. Our OTs can also provide opportunities to link in with other members of our expert team if the need arises.

By working together, we can gain a better understanding of your child’s strengths and challenges, and provide them with consistency so that progress can be achieved beyond the therapy setting.

Appointments are essential. Referrals are not required.

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    Your child may benefit from Occupational Therapy if they have difficulty with functional skills that underpin their ability to learn, play, socialise and complete daily routines.

    The OT can work with you and your family, to support your child to build new skills and develop strategies for the following:

    • Fine motor skills involve the refined coordination of smaller muscles in the body, such as those in the hands and fingers, and are essential for your child’s independence with self-care (e.g. fastening buttons, using cutlery) and learning (e.g. drawing/writing, cutting).
    • Gross motor skills involve the use of larger muscles in the body, such as those in our torso and limbs, and are important for whole body activities such as running, climbing, ball games and seated posture.
    • Sensory processing is the foundational way in which your child receives, processes and responds to information from their sensory environment (e.g. touch, sight, sound, taste, smell, movement).
    • Executive functioning enables your child to manage their thoughts, emotions and actions as they plan and perform daily activities.
    • Self-care involves a number of essential tasks in your child’s daily routine, such as toileting, dressing, eating and sleeping.
    • Social skills are important for relating and communicating meaningfully with others. These skills involve appropriate use and understanding of verbal and non-verbal cues, such as spoken/written language, facial expression and whole body gestures.
    • Play is an important part of your child’s learning, development and socialisation. It provides a meaningful platform through which your child learns to plan and sequence activities, interact with others, and acquire important life skills across all areas of development.
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    Our services are flexible and family-centred and may be funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Rebates are also available via Medicare with a health plan referral, as well as private health cover. For more details, please feel free to discuss with our administrative staff.

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    In addition to providing you with valuable client care, the Service delivers quality clinical education to UniSA students - our next generation of healthcare professionals. Educated in state-of-the-art facilities, students gain invaluable practical experience and exposure to a wide range of client needs.

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    Telehealth is the use of telecommunications technology such as videoconferencing, telephone consultation and/or email to deliver long distance clinical services to client. Telehealth provides a solution that allows for clients and families to still have access to allied health support without having to attend in-person.

    For more information on Telehealth and how we protect your privacy, please click here

    Telehealth appointments are available for Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Podiatry and Occupational Therapy for Children.

    Please contact our friendly reception staff to book a telehealth appointment.

Clinic contact details

UniSA City West Health and Medical Clinic 

For allied health services please contact:
Telephone: (08) 8302 0986
Fax: (08) 8302 7888
Email: citywesthealth@unisa.edu.au

For general practitioner services please contact:
Telephone: 1300 172 996
Fax: (08) 8125 6712
Website: unisamedical.com.au

Location
UniSA City West campus
27-29 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

Clinic days 
Monday–Friday
(please contact us for opening hours).

Public transport 
Public transport options are within walking distance of the clinic including the tram and buses.

Tram: “Park n Ride”- Park your car at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre or in the Parklands (4 hours) at Thebarton and catch the free Tram from 1 stop away.

Please visit adelaidemetro.com.au for further details.