Occupational Therapist Services Learn practical skills for daily life

Do you want to safely prepare your family meal? Can you identify the clothes in your wardrobe? Are you hoping to take up gardening to remove the weeds from your front lawn?

Occupational Therapists are health professionals who support people of all ages to achieve individual goals in everyday life.

This can mean different things for different people. From following your favourite recipe to identifying items in the cupboard, we can provide you with the skills to handle these tasks confidently.

Through the Occupational Therapist Support program, our specialists teach people with low vision or blindness to safely and independently perform daily activities. These include personal care, domestic tasks, and community and recreational activities.

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Occupational Therapist Services Who can receive support?

Our Occupational Therapy service is available to people of all ages, with different levels of vision loss. This includes:

  • People with recent vision loss
  • People with long standing vision loss
  • Children and young adults with vision loss who are working towards age-appropriate developmental skills and tasks
  • People with an Acquired Brain Injury

The service can take place in any environment you are comfortable, to suit your individual needs and goals. Settings can include your home, school, workplace, childcare centres, university, community facilities, or our residential facility in Kew, Arnold Cook House.

You can access Occupational Therapist Support services on their own, or in combination with more in-depth skills training in our mobility programs.

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Occupational Therapist Services What does an Occupational Therapist do?

Occupational Therapists can teach you to perform all kinds of practical tasks. If you have a specific skill you’d like to learn, we can develop a program to help you master it. Your goals are completely individual. Our only goal is to empower you with greater independence.

Whether you want to learn personal care skills, something you can apply around the home, or new ways to interact with and explore the community, Occupational Therapists can support you to develop the skills to do these tasks confidently.

We discuss your personal goals and develop support programs for you to master practical skills.

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Occupational Therapist Services What kind of skills can I learn?

Occupational Therapists can teach a variety of practical skills which may include:

Personal care skills:

  • Showering and bathing
  • Grooming
  • Dressing
  • Clothing identification
  • Managing medication

Domestic skills:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Gardening

Community skills:

  • Identifying and managing money
  • Using ATM and bank facilities
  • Shopping


  • Using telephones
  • Handwriting skills
  • Using adaptive technology

Social skills:

  • Body language
  • Play

Home assessments:

  • Lighting and contrast
  • Home modifications
  • Adaptive equipment
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Occupational Therapist Support Referrals

We welcome referrals and enquiries from individuals, families, health professionals and community organisations.

For further information:

Guide Dogs Victoria
Private Bag 13
Chandler Highway
Kew, Victoria, 3101

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NAVIGATE FUNDING Could you access this support via NDIS?

Have you checked your eligibility to access this support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? Many people include this support as part of their NDIS plan.

If you’re eligible for the NDIS, we can cut through the jargon, assist with your plan—or pre-planning—and get you on the path towards your personal goals. You can request free Support Coordination or find out more about your potential eligibility to access this service through the NDIS now.

If you’re older than 65, funded supports are accessed through the aged care system. You can register with My Aged Care by contacting their help line on 1800 200 422.

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