Child and Youth Occupational Therapy Clinic

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Child and Youth Occupational Therapy Clinic


USC offers an occupational therapy clinic for children and youth as part of its occupational therapy program.

The Child and Youth Occupational Therapy Clinic is a student-led clinic where occupational therapy (OT) students, in their final two years of study, work directly with children, families and teachers under supervision to support children to engage in a broad range of activities at school, at home and in the community.

They are provided with supervision (direct and in-direct), by a Clinical Placement Trainer who is an experienced, Australian-registered Occupational Therapist.

The Child and Youth Occupational Therapy Clinic forms an integral part of OT student education.


What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists support people to do the all the things that “occupy” their day. For children and youth, occupational therapists can facilitate the development of foundation skills that enable a
child/young person to engage in learning, develop personal independence and participate in play, sport and leisure. Occupational therapists collaborate with parents, teachers and others to support
a child/young person’s participation in daily occupations. These occupations can include activities such as:


  • Dressing, including manipulating buttons and zips, tying laces, learning to put clothes on the right way around, putting on shoes/socks, learning how to sequence dressing
  • Personal grooming activities including hair brushing, teeth brushing, washing hands, drying self after swimming or shower
  • Using the toilet independently
  • Opening lunch containers
  • Pouring a drink
  • Making a sandwich
  • Using cutlery

School work / Part-time work

  • Using hands effectively to hold and use everyday objects such as pencils, scissors, and other tools e.g. glue stick, folding paper, handling money
  • Writing and pre-writing
  • Attending to and engaging in learning/work activities
  • Starting and completing activities independently
  • Cooperating with teachers, other students and other people in the community
  • Using public transport and finding the way to get to places independently

Play / Leisure

  • Using free time for play and leisure
  • Playing with peers and learning social rules such as turn-taking, sharing and waiting
  • Using indoor and outdoor play equipment meaningfully and playfully
Is my child/youth eligible?

Many government and non-government agencies offer occupational therapy services to children and youth. The Clinic can provide support for children not able to access services from other agencies (e.g. Education Queensland, the NDIS or ECEI). If your child is receiving or able to receive OT services somewhere else, they are ineligible to access our service.

How much does it cost?

USC is able to offer student-led occupational therapy services free of charge

Where is it located?

We are located at Level 1 Ochre Health Clinic in Sippy Downs on Ochre Way (opposite Youi). As we are not affiliated with the general practice, please do not check in at the main reception on the ground level as they do not have access to our booking schedule.

How can I access this service with my child?

Caregivers can self-refer to be referred by another health professional e.g. GP, paediatrician, psychologist, speech pathologist.

Referral forms, including a consent form, is available on this website and needs to be returned to before your child’s name can be placed on our waiting list.

Is there a waiting list and how long is it?

Yes. The Child and Youth Clinic is staffed by occupational therapy students and has breaks in service throughout the year. Students take a while to become skilled and the rate at which children are taken off the waiting list varies unpredictably. The Clinic operates for 8 weeks at a time in every school term.

Are there other services that can help my child and I while we wait?

You are encouraged to speak to your child’s GP about possibly accessing Medicare funding through the Chronic Disease Management Plan and also the Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan (BAMHCP). Children who experience difficulties with anxiety, attention and behaviour challenges may be eligible for services through the BAMHCP including psychologists and occupational therapists. Children do not need a formal mental health diagnosis to access funding under the BAMCHP.

 If your child’s circumstances change and his/her needs for therapy increase, please contact Cate Hilly (Clinical Placement Trainer) to discuss options including referral to other services.

What if I have further questions?

If you would like to discuss the nature of the Child and Youth Occupational Therapy Clinic, or your child’s specific needs, please contact the USC Clinical Placement Trainer, Child and Youth Clinic, Cate Hilly.

How to register

If you would like your child to participate in the program please complete:

Return your completed documents to email: or via mail:

Cate Hilly
USC Clinical Placement Trainer
Child and Youth Clinic
ML33, School of Health and Sports Sciences
University of the Sunshine Coast
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If you have any other reports from professionals, please provide a copy of these to the clinic so that this service can complement other information and strategies that you already have about your child.

Upon receipt of the referral and completed forms, you will be contacted by the Clinical Placement Trainer or an OT student to discuss support for your child and discuss your expectation of the Clinic. Children will then be prioritised on the basis of their level of support requirements.

Contact details

Cate Hilly
Clinical Placement Trainer
Child and Youth Clinic
+61 5456 5781
Mobile: 0417 380 780

Further OT information and resources

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