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Waitematā DHB Occupational Therapy - Inpatients

Public Service, Allied Health, Other


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


“Occupational therapy is the art and sciences of helping people take part in everyday living through their occupations. This means helping people to safely take part in looking after themselves, enjoying themselves and contributing to their communities”.
(Occupational Therapy Board of NZ, 2016).


Waitematā DHB Occupational Therapy also provides services in the following areas:

  • Inpatient services
  • Community services
  • Child Women & Family Services.

Referral Expectations

Occupational therapy referrals are now mainly electronic via the electronic whiteboard system. Please ensure all referrals have accurate information around the issue or difficulty being experienced by the patient, in relation to the person’s normal daily routine and the environment. Health and disability should be described and acute changes in function acknowledged. 

Referrals to occupational therapy services come from a variety of sources in the hospital; including other health professionals (admitting physician, physiotherapists, social workers, speech-language therapists etc.). Referral processes vary depending on the service area; however electronic whiteboard referrals are preferred.

Please consult directly with your ward occupational therapist if you have any specific questions around referrals.

Referrals not accepted for this service:

  • We are not able to accept 'equipment only' referrals when no assessment is required.
  • ACC clients - please refer directly to ACC (if the patient has not presented to hospital and requires assessment) as they can organise a private occupational therapy assessment.


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Cover provided during 4-day weekends/ public holidays only.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Assessments

    Occupational therapists use a variety of informal and standardised base assessments (depending on patient and service needs) to assess cognitive, affective and physical function in regards to a patient's ability to participate in self-care, productivity and leisure tasks.… More

  • Treatment

    Once issues and challenges are identified (occupational issues) through the assessment process, Occupational therapists use a variety of treatment and intervention strategies to facilitate task performance.… More

Contact Details

North Shore Hospital

North Auckland

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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Waitakere Hospital

West Auckland

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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This page was last updated at 2:50PM on February 16, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Occupational Therapy - Inpatients.