Commonly Asked Questions

Shoalhaven Allied Health can see clients with aged care funding. Submit a referral or give us a call for more information.

Shoalhaven Allied Health covers the Shoalhaven. If you are outside this area, please go to the Find an OT service from Occupational Therapy Australia: https://www.otaus.com.au/find-an-ot to locate another occupational therapist.

Yes, we do have a wait list in order to provide a high-quality service to our existing clients. The wait list is prioritised according to level of need. Our staff will prioritise your referral once the referral form is received. If your situation changes, please contact the office to discuss your needs.

Shoalhaven Allied Health sees clients of all ages, with a range of diagnoses. However, your referral will be assessed by the Principal Occupational Therapist to ensure our service best meets your needs.

Occupational Therapy, or OT, is all about supporting you to achieve more of what you want from life.

It’s a client-centred health approach that involves highly tailored assessments to help understand what activities you can do, want to do, your limitations, your goals and motivations, whilst also identifying practical advice and techniques to help you perform certain tasks more easily and safely.

This can range from taking care of yourself at home, to being more confident and successful in your work, to enjoying your hobbies and interests.

Our fees vary depending on your needs. We will discuss this with at your intake meeting.

The fees will include charges for face to face appointments, non face to face supports, travel and report writing.

Shoalhaven Allied Health sees NDIS clients that are NDIA, Plan or Self-managed.
Please make a referral via the online form or contact the office on (02) 4421 6013
It will take approximately 2 hours. The occupational therapist will ask you questions about the tasks you complete in your daily life. They will also assess your need equipment and home modifications. The occupational therapist will also complete assessments that may be used in funding applications.
Every OT support plan is different. That’s why we follow a 5-step approach that focuses on listening and spending the right amount of time to really understand your situation and how we can support you to achieve your best life. Step1 Initial Referral via online form. Step2 Referral Reviewed and prioritised by OT. Step3 Intake meeting with a team member. Determine your requirements e.g. home modifications, sensory reports, fine motor skills training Identify funding to be used e.g. Private or NDIS Schedule your initial assessment Setup your initial service agreement Step4 Follow-up appointment post initial assessment. Your OT will create your personal treatment plan Planning meeting – setup ongoing service agreement, schedule assessments and reports Ongoing therapy, home modifications, equipment prescription End of plan review End of plan report Step5 Planning meeting to discuss your requirements for a new support plan, if applicable.
An Allied Health Assistant’s (AHA) role is to support allied health practitioners in providing therapeutic care to patients. Your AHA will have a treatment created by your OT individualised for your needs. They will work with you to help you achieve your goals and provide feedback to your OT.
We specialise in treating a wide range of conditions including musculoskeletal injuries, neurological disorders, chronic pain, developmental delays, and more.
Occupational therapy focuses on improving your ability to perform daily tasks, such as self-care activities, work-related tasks, and leisure activities, through therapeutic interventions and adaptations.
We tailor exercises and therapies to your specific condition, which may include strength training, stretching, manual therapy, ergonomic assessments, and functional training.

We may recommend lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes, ergonomic adjustments, stress management techniques, and activity pacing to support your treatment plan.

As dietitians, we can provide personalized dietary recommendations to support your health goals or manage specific conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or gastrointestinal disorders.
We can recommend assistive devices and adaptive equipment such as mobility aids, orthoses, ergonomic tools, and communication devices to improve your independence and safety in daily activities.
Pain management strategies may include therapeutic exercises, modalities (e.g., heat, cold, electrical stimulation), manual therapy techniques, relaxation techniques, and ergonomic modifications.
We use various outcome measures, functional assessments, and progress tracking tools to monitor your progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed.
We will discuss any potential risks or side effects associated with specific therapies or exercises and take necessary precautions to minimize them.
Yes, we believe in a collaborative approach to healthcare and often work closely with other healthcare professionals to ensure comprehensive and coordinated care for our patients.
If you experience worsening symptoms or unexpected changes during treatment, please contact us immediately so we can assess the situation and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
Yes, we often provide home exercise programs and self-management strategies to complement therapy sessions and promote continuity of care between sessions.
We take a patient-centered approach to treatment planning, considering your individual needs, goals, preferences, and abilities to develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your unique circumstances.
Our team members hold relevant qualifications and credentials in their respective fields, such as Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees and ongoing professional development.
Absolutely, we can provide guidance on incorporating physical activity into your daily routine based on your preferences, abilities, and any specific considerations related to your condition or goals.
We regularly engage in continuing education, attend conferences, participate in professional organisations, and stay informed about the latest research and developments in our fields to provide evidence-based care.
Yes, we can provide information about community resources, support groups, and other relevant services that may be beneficial for individuals with similar conditions or circumstances.
Education is an essential component of our approach, as we believe in empowering patients with knowledge and skills to actively participate in managing their health and well-being.
We recognize the importance of addressing the psychological and emotional aspects of recovery and chronic conditions and may incorporate strategies such as counselling, relaxation techniques, stress management, and mindfulness practices into our treatment approach.