We provide a range of services focused on restoring function to patients to promote health and wellbeing, independence and productivity.
- We work with people to help them participate in daily living activities
- We prescribe and provide aids and equipment
- We provide specialised hand therapy after injury
What we do
Our Occupational Therapy service provides a range of services and therapies to patients and consumers. Our goal is to enable people to participate in their activities of daily living, ranging from personal and domestic tasks, to community, employment, leisure and recreational activities.
We aim to:
- Promote independence and maintain functional abilities for people's daily living, leisure and work
- Facilitate safe discharge from hospital
- Sustain safe community living
- Prevent readmission to hospital (acute care)
At the RMH, occupational therapists provide:
- Functional retraining for activities of daily living, including training of carers when required
- Sensory, perceptual and cognitive retraining
- Seating, posture and positioning assessment and interventions
- Stroke rehabilitation, including the use of computer-based and gaming technologies
- Comprehensive home assessments
- Equipment and education
- Patient education, including home programs, precautions and strategies for daily activities, and post-surgical interventions
- Group therapy
- Discharge planning, including patient and family education, completion of home assessments and recommendations for community supports
Our occupational therapists work across a wide range of services and clinics at the hospital as well as home-based services. We manage two Patient Appliance Centres for short term loan or purchase of aids and equipment.
Outpatient services focus on comprehensive assessment and interventions including health promotion, self-management, individual and carer interventions to support community living, prevention of functional decline and readmission.
Clients are actively involved in the therapeutic process.
Who can use our service
Our service is for:
- Patients at the RMH Parkville and the RMH Royal Park
- Patients who have been referred internally
- People in the community who have been referred to the Direct Access Unit by a health professional
Our hand therapy services include:
- Range of motion: active and passive
- Oedema management
- Scar management
- Pain management
- Home exercise programs
- Specialist education
View our hand therapy videos, which demonstrate different types of home exercises that may be prescribed by your hand therapist at the RMH.
We provide group therapy sessions for:
- Falls prevention
- Activity tolerance
- Back care
- Cardiac program addressing stress management and relaxation techniques
- Discharge planning group sessions
- Breakfast and relaxation groups
Young Adults Transition Service
Young people who are transitioning from a paediatric service to an adult healthcare service can be supported by our Young Adults Transition Service.
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Direct Access Unit
We accept GP and specialist referrals:
- Use the RMH Community Services Referral Form, the RMH GP Referral Form or a template from your own system
- Complete and fax your referral to Direct Access Unit on (03) 8387 2217
DAU welcomes phone enquiries. Contact us on (03) 8387 2333 to discuss potential or existing referrals.
Referrals should include:
- Relevant clinical history
- Reason for referral
- Patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
- Your details and provider number
- Name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)
- Investigation reports related to the referral
Referrals are triaged based on priority. In an emergency, patients can go to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.
For advice, urgent referrals and out of hours support, call The RMH Switchboard on (03) 9342 7000 to page our registrar on call.
HealthPathways Melbourne provides guidance on best practice assessment and management of common medical conditions, including when and where to refer patients.
Parkville Connect is a secure web-based portal providing GPs, specialists and other health professionals with information in the Parkville electronic medical record (EMR).
What to bring
Every time you come
Every time you come in for a test, day procedure, surgery or treatment, you should bring:
- Medicare card
- Health Care card (if you have one)
- Concession card (if you have one)
- Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
- Medications you are currently taking, including any that you have bought without a prescription
- X-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results you have which are related to your procedure
- Private health insurance card (if you want to use it)
- Aids (glasses, hearing aid, walking frame)
For a clinic appointment
If you come for a clinic appointment, you should also bring:
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- Your appointment book
- TAC or WorkCover claim number
Interpreters & cultural support
We provide qualified, professional interpreters to help you communicate with us at any time during your stay and at your clinic appointments.
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- Tìm hiểu thêm về thông dịch viên và hỗ trợ văn hóa
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