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Waitematā DHB Occupational Therapy - Inpatients

Public Service


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).


“Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. Occupational therapists have a broad education in the medical, social behavioural, psychological, psychosocial and occupational sciences which equips them with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with people, individually or in groups or communities. Occupational therapists can work with all people, including those who have an impairment of body structure or function owing to a health condition, or who are restricted in their participation or who are socially excluded owing to their membership of social or cultural minority groups. Occupational therapists believe that participation can be supported or restricted by the physical, affective or cognitive abilities of the individual, the characteristics of the occupation, or the physical, social, cultural, attitudinal and legislative environments. Therefore, occupational therapy practice is focused on enabling individuals to change aspects of their person, the occupation, the environment, or some combination of these to enhance occupational participation”,
(World Federation of Occupational Therapy, 2011)


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

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


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Cover provided during 4-day weekends.

Referral Expectations

Occupational therapy referrals will advise the occupational therapists about the issue or difficulty being experienced by the patient, regarding 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.

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

Freephone 0800 80 93 42 - Waitemata DHB residential areas only
Patient enquiries:
(09) 486 8930

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 486 8900

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Shakespeare Road
Auckland 0620

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Shakespeare Road
Auckland 0620

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Private Bag 93 503
North Shore City 0740

This page was last updated at 12:50PM on September 3, 2018. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Occupational Therapy - Inpatients.