Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Changes to operation with COVID-19
- Check into the clinic using the QR Code Service
- A separate room is now allocated as a waiting area to facilitate social distancing between clients.
- Clients are required to use sanitizer between sessions.
- Surfaces and items are cleaned regularly.
- If a child and/or parent is scheduled for an appointment and is unwell or is exhibiting signs of cough, fever, or a runny nose the office is to be notified.
- If any member of the household has travelled to a RED ZONE in the last 14 days OR has come into contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus, please advise.
Judy is a registered Occupational Therapist with over 40 years of clinical experience in both Canada and Australia, specializing in neurological rehabilitation and paediatrics. She has post graduate training in techniques of Neuro Developmental Therapy, Conductive Education and Sensory Integration.
More recent post graduate training has focused on assessment and strategies for children with autism spectrum disorder and children with cerebral palsy, as well as general strategies for young children with anxiety and learning difficulties.
Living and working in the Bairnsdale area for over 30 years has enabled Judy to develop strong links with the local health and community services networks.
Judy is a member of OccupationalTherapy Australia, World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Amaze (Autism Victoria) and the Mental Health Professionals Network.
The OT clinic is well established and includes facilities that enable use of sensory integration principles. Different treatment areas are available to cater for the varying needs of different age groups from infants through to secondary school students.
The clinic is situated close to the hospital and other medical clinics. It has wheelchair access and toilet facilities that are suitable for wheelchair users.
Other services such as Speech Pathology and Music therapy also use the building.
- Assessment Reports
Assessment reports are prepared using formal assessment tools whenever possible. Informal observations referenced to developmental levels are used when formal assessment tools are not appropriate.
- Funding reports
Reports can be prepared to assist with funding for diagnosis, funding for school, funding for therapy programs, funding for home modifications or for access to specialised equipment.
- Family Centred
A family-centred approach which involves parents as well as the child in clarifying concerns and setting priorities for intervention provides the basis for therapy.
- Sensory Strategies
Sensory strategies are important tools to assist with calming and regulating behaviour. Each individual will have specific sensory issues and needs. It is therefore important to gather and then interpret the information regarding each individual's sensory profile - i.e. the very individual way in which the person responds to the sensory information around him/her and how this impacts on managing everyday situations.
- Skill Development
Specific skill development is offered in areas such as improving pen grip, early scissor use, drawing skills, handwriting, managing independent dressing, tying shoe laces - incorporating techniques and cueing that can really make a difference.
- Technology and early literacy
Advice is provided regarding how to use the appeal of technology such as apps to develop early literacy skills.
- Technology and behaviour strategies
Apps and computer-based cognitive behaviour programs can provide useful additional tools to help children develop a range of important skills such as understanding their own emotions and those of peers, identifying calming strategies and understanding appropriate social interactions.
- Visual strategies
For many children the most effective way to relay information to them is to present it in a visual format. Use of visual strategies can provide clear and meaningful ways to assist with reducing the conflicts that can arise when parents are dealing with children with difficult behaviour. This involves making up picture charts of house rules with parents, help with setting up incentive programs. Visual charts can also be made to help improve organisational skills for children and parents. Visual stories can help children understand and be prepared for situations that might otherwise worry them.
- SOS Approach to feeding
The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) program is a specialised program for children who are having significant difficulties with eating a variety of foods. This involves working closely with both parents and child.
All sessions incorporate developmentally appropriate play activities to engage the children in a way that they find enjoyable and fun.
- Education sessions
Formal or informal education sessions for families, community groups and agencies can be provided.
There are numerous funding options that can assist families with payment of fees.
Please phone the above number to talk through your options with Denise in the office, or with Judy directly. You can also send email enquiries directly to Judy.
NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme)
Judy has been a registered NDIS provider under the categories
of: a) Early Childhood Supports, Home Modifications, and Therapeutic Supports.
However Judy has chosen to not renew this registration in 2020. Judy can still provide services to NDIS participants who have plans that are self-managed or plan managed.
As an eligible mental health services provider, Judy can see clients under the Medicare funded "Better Access to Mental Health" program, which can be initiated by a GP or a paediatrician.
Judy can also provide services through a GP referral under the Medicare program "Chronic Disease Management" (formerly known as "Enhanced Primary Care").
This program no longer operates. Most clients will now be able to access NDIS funding.
- Not-for-profit agencies
Judy is an approved provider for a number of not-for-profit funding bodies, such as Latrobe Community Health Service and Yooralla. Funding packages for therapy services can sometimes be accessed through these agencies.
- Private health Insurance
Judy is an approved provider for all major private health insurers.
Current as at: July 1st 2021
Please phone the above number to talk through your needs with Denise in the office, or with Judy directly.
You can also send email enquiries directly to Judy.
|Standard 50 minute fee
|Medicare: Mental Health Plan (MHP) / Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH)|
|50 minutes (10 sessions per year) - 6 sessions with review then 4 sessions
|First 2 sessions will be bulk billed. Next 8 sessions clients will be charged a gap fee of
|Medicare: Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) - formerly called Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC)|
|5 sessions for 30 minutes each - bulk billed
|50 minute sessions clients will be charged a gap fee of
|Medicare: Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or Disability Plan|
|50 minutes (4 assessment items) - bulk billed
|50 minutes (20 sessions assessed by 13 years old and completed by 15 years old)
|The first 2 sessions will be bulk billed. Balance of sessions clients will be charged a gap fee of
|Standard 1 hour session
|Other options (including travel, report writing)
||$190.00 per hour|
Charter Of Health Care Rights
Judy Ireland, Private Occupational Therapist, supports the seven basic rights summarised in the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights in 2008
- Access (The right to receive health care)
As a private therapist, Judy will assist clients to access subsidies and funding to help pay for private therapy services. She will also provide information to prospective clients regarding other services that may be more suited to their needs.
- Safety (The right to safe and high quality care)
Judy is an experienced therapist offering advice and strategies that are supported by clinical evidence and sound medical practice. Safety for all clients, their families and for staff is a priority.
Occupational Health and Safety Policies are in place to ensure a safe workplace.
Judy complies with the Victorian Child Safe Standards. She is committed to the safety and well-being of children, parents and carers who access her services. This includes providing positive experiences for children, supporting families to promote healthy development and well being and ensuring that children are protected, not harmed or hurt in any way during their involvement with her programs.
The right to be treated with respect, dignity and consideration.
The right to be informed about services, treatment and options in a clear way.
The right to be included in decisions and choices about health care.
The right to privacy and confidentiality regarding personal information.
The right to comment on care and have concerns addressed.