What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on how people function in their roles and perform their everyday activities. Occupational Therapy promotes skill development and increases a person’s independence in all areas of their lives.

In a paediatric setting this involves facilitating children’s participation and performance in play, schooling, sports and other activities of daily living such as self-maintenance.

At Dove OT we provide children with the opportunity to develop functional tasks/skills (relevant to their stage of development) by recognising their strengths and building upon areas of relative difficulty.


How long does an initial assessment take?

Initial assessments generally take approximately two hours.  This will depend on the needs and age of your child.

We also ask that you arrive at least 5-minutes early to allow time to complete necessary paper work.


Should I bring anything to the assessment?

We request that your child bring any prescription spectacles to the assessment. Please bring a copy of any relevant reports you may have obtained from other clinicians who have assessed your child.


Can my other children attend the assessment?

Unfortunately, we do not have the staff to provide supervision for siblings while assessments are being undertaken. We respectfully ask that you organise for siblings to be cared for off site. If a sibling attends the assessment they will be asked to remain in the waiting room and Dove OT takes no responsibility for their care.


How do I get to the clinic and where should I park?

The clinic is located at: 9/ 136 Railway St, Cottesloe 6011. There is street parking available.


Do I need a referral?

No. We see children who are referred from all different sources. If you feel your child would benefit from an occupational therapy assessment, no formal referral is necessary.


Will I receive a written report following the assessment?

You will be provided with the option of receiving a formal written report at an additional cost. This document is approximately 8-10 pages and details the completed assessment, your child’s performance, implications for difficulties, and a number of strategies to facilitate the development of these areas. We endeavour to have this report available to you within two weeks of your child’s assessment.


If my child requires therapy, what will be involved?

Should intervention be recommended, sessions generally run weekly for 45 minutes over a course of one term with review. However, this will depend on the individual needs of each student, which will be discussed following the assessment.


Do you assess handwriting to determine alternative requirements within WACE/ATAR examinations?

Yes. We conduct handwriting assessments to determine learning profiles consistent with motor dysgraphia (ages 8-18years). A report specifying recommendations is then generated for the family – and/or school for application to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority.


Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes. Due to the nature of current wait lists; a fee for both late cancellations and missed appointments (without notification) applies.

  • Cancellations prior to 24 hours of the appointment time will not be charged.
  • Cancellations on the day of your appointment will be charged at 50% of the scheduled fee.
  • The full scheduled fee will be charged for missed appointments (without notification).

*In extraordinary circumstances, a fee may be reduced or waived on agreement by the therapist.


Can I claim Occupational Therapy on health insurance?

Yes. There are two ways you can claim occupational therapy.

1. Enhanced Primary Care Program: Medicare Rebates are available for Occupational Therapy via an Enhanced Primary Care Program.

The EPCP allows you to claim partial reimbursement for up to five therapy sessions per calendar year. Only a General Practitioner can assess if you are eligible for this program. Once you have visited your GP and received the EPC referral, bring it to Dove OT and we will handle the rest.

2. Private Health Insurance: Your Private Health claim for occupational therapy will vary according to your provider and level of cover. Please contact your provider for details. The claim code for initial assessment is A121/H100 and for individual therapy sessions is A022/H250.

We suggest you check your eligibility for an enhance primary health care program and your private health care provider cover to see which option is best for you and your child.



If you have any further questions please feel free to call us at the clinic on 9389 7719. We would be happy to help.