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The Women's and Children's Hospital is located on the traditional lands for the Kaurna people, and we respect their spiritual relationship with their Country. We also acknowledge that the Kaurna people are the custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

WCH Occupational Therapists work with babies, children, adolescents and their families with a range of medical, orthopaedic, surgical and/or developmental conditions to promote development and enable participation in everyday activities.

Our Occupational Therapists work with babies, children, adolescents and their families promoting development and enabling participation in everyday activities at home, pre-school and school.

We provide assessment and advice focusing on how a child is developing skills in:

  • Hand Function (grasp patterns, holding and using toys, pencil skills, cutting etc)
  • Play and Social interactions
  • Self-Care (dressing, toileting, self-feeding, personal hygiene and sleep)
  • Sensory Processing and Regulation (achieving ‘just right’ activity and attention levels appropriate to task required)

We strive to provide integrated child and family centred care. An ongoing commitment to consumer engagement, research review and programme development enables the provision of services that are efficient, effective and evidence based.

How to access this service

Written referrals are accepted from WCH doctors, private paediatricians and general practitioners. We will let you know when we have received the referral and inform you of the likely waiting time before an appointment is made.


Weekdays 9:00am – 5:00pm


Ground floor, Good Friday building, Zone C

Outpatient services

Paediatric services

Written referrals are accepted from External Paediatricians or Specialist Women’s and Children’s Hospital Outpatient Clinics for children 0 – 18 years with:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Neurological conditions
  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Limb Deficiency/Anomaly
  • Burns
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Upper limb Splinting Needs and Hand Therapy
  • Haematology/Oncology conditions
  • Gender Dysphoria for garment fitting

Women's services

Written referrals are accepted from Maternal Foetal Medicine and Post Natal Ward for:

  • Pre and Post Natal Women with a pre-existing condition or physical complication of pregnancy affecting their capacity to care for their baby. Planning for managing their baby’s care whilst in hospital and when discharged is provided.
Inpatient services

Written Referrals can be faxed to Allied Health on 81617040 for:

  • Infants (0 – 2 years) for developmental review and therapy
  • Children admitted to any ward with a medical, neurological, orthopaedic, unexplained or surgical condition, burn and/or acquired physical injury, affecting their ability to perform self-care and daily living activities, for equipment and/or intervention.



(08) 8161 7381


(08) 8161 7040

Mailing address

Occupational Therapy
Paediatric Allied Health
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006



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