Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a health profession aiming to promote wellbeing by enabling people to participate in the activities of everyday life such as self-care, leisure, independent living or work.

This may be achieved by building people’s skills and capacity, providing education, providing assistive equipment or modifying environments.

MNCLHD Occupational Therapy Departments provide services for inpatients and outpatients.

Inpatient services are established to cover:

  • Medical Ward
  • Surgical Ward
  • Children’s Ward
  • Stroke Unit
  • Medical Assessment Unit
  • Rehabilitation Wards
  • Coronary Care Unit
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Palliative Care
  • Emergency Department.

Outpatient services include:

  • Post acute hospital care
  • Paediatrics 
  • Day therapy
  • Pre-admission orthopaedics
  • Mid North Coast Cancer Institute.

Referral Process:

People can request occupational therapy assistance themselves but please note, referral by a General Practitioner or Clinical Specialist is required for some services.


Services available at these locations

Bellinger River District Hospital

Occupational Therapy Department
Bellinger River District Hospital
Church Street
Bellingen  NSW 2454

Monday to Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

Phone: Sub Acute Unit – 02 6659 5709, General Wards, Outpatient ad Community – 02 6659 5835
Fax: 02 6659 5700

Coffs Harbour

Occupational Therapy Department
Allied Health Area
Coffs Harbour Health Campus
345 Pacific Highway
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

8am – 4.30pm Monday – Friday

Phone 02 6656 7700


Dorrigo Health Campus

Occupational Therapy Department
Dorrigo Multipurpose Service
14 Beech Street
Dorrigo NSW 2453

Thursday & Friday

Phone 02 6692 7718
Fax 02 6692 7792


Occupational Therapy Department
Kempsey District Hospital|
River Street
Kempsey NSW 2440

7am – 3.30pm Monday – Friday

Phone 02 6562 0297
Fax 02 6562 0299


Occupational Therapy Department
Macksville Health Campus
100 Darruya Road
North Macksville NSW 2447

8.30am – 5pm Monday – Friday

Phone 02 6598 3428
Fax 02 6568 0670

Port Macquarie

Occupational Therapy Department
Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Wrights Road
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

8am-4.30pm Monday-Friday (Closed public holidays)

Phone 02 5524 2141
Fax 02 5524 2139


Occupational Therapy,
Wauchope Health Campus
69 High St
Wauchope NSW 2446

Phone 02 6580 8031

Hospital and Outpatient Services – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 08.30 am to0 3.00pm; Wednesday 08.30am to 04.00pm

A part time service, 25 hours per week, is provided at Wauchope District Memorial Hospital to the General Ward, an eight bed Palliative Care Unit and to Outpatients. Emphasis is on establishing/ maintaining safety and independence at home for client and carer including adaptive techniques, prescription of aids/appliance, and home modifications.  

Two outreach services are provided on site. Port Macquarie Base Hospital  supports part time Occupational Therapy to an eight bed Rehabilitation Unit and Port Macquarie Community Health Child and Family Team support  a one day per week Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service.


Hospital and Outpatient Services -referral sources are unrestricted and should be made directly to the Occupational Therapist