SRF Program

  • Occupational therapist (pre-purchased by DET)

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Partnerships with professionals.

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.


    The Department of Education and Training has pre-purchased allied health support, including occupational therapy, from local providers across Victoria. Providers for 2021 (and local government areas) are:

    • Mallee (Buloke Shire, Gannawarra Shire, Mildura Rural City and Swan Hill Rural City): Sunraysia Community Health Services

    • Wimmera South West (Horsham Rural City, Hindmarsh Shire, Yarriambiack Shire, West Wimmera Shire and Northern Grampians Shire): Wimmera Health Care Group

    • Wimmera South West (Warrnambool City, Moyne Shire, Southern Grampians Shire, Glenelg Shire and Corrangamite Shire): South West Healthcare

    • Southern Melbourne (Cardinia City, Casey City and Greater Dandenong City): Monash Health
      Brimbank Melton (City of Brimbank and City of Melton): IPC Health

    • Outer Gippsland (Wellington Shire): Central Gippsland Community Health

    • Outer Gippsland (East Gippsland Shire): Gippsland Lakes Community Health

    • Inner Gippsland (Bass Coast Shire, Baw Baw Shire, Latrobe City and South Gippsland Shire): Latrobe Community Health Service

    • Goulburn (Greater Shepparton City, Mitchell Shire, Moira Shire, Murrindindi Shire, Strathbogie Shire): Merri Health

    • Hume (Hume City): DPV Health

    • Moreland (Moreland City): Merri Health

    • Central Highlands (Ballarat, Moorabool, Ararat, Pyrenees, Golden Plains, Hepburn): Ballarat Community Health

    • Loddon Campaspe (Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Greater Bendigo, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander): Cobaw Community Health (Consortia)

    • Ovens Murray (Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga): Merri Community Health Services

    • Barwon (Greater Geelong, Colac Otway, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe : Barwon Health

    • Western Melbourne (Hobsons Bay, City of Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong, Wyndham): Cohealth

    • North East Melbourne (Banyule, Darebin, Nilumbik and Yarra): Banyule Community Health

    • North East Melbourne (Whittlesea): DPV Health

    • Outer Eastern Melbourne (Knox, Maroondah, Yarra Ranges):  EACH

    • Inner Eastern Melbourne (Boroondara, Manningham, Monash, Whitehorse): Carrington Health (Nillumbik Community Health Service - Lead Agency) in partnership with Access Health & Community

    • Bayside Peninsula (Bayside, Glen Eira, Kingston, Port Phillip, Stonningham): Star Health Group
    • Bayside Peninsula (Frankston, Mornington Peninsula): Peninsula Health

    Occupational therapists, using an approach that builds on existing skills and knowledge, work with educators and parents/carers through provision of group training, case consultation, and other discipline-specific services to enhance children's social and emotional self-regulation, physical development and sensory processing.

    The details of this support, including scheduling, is negotiated between allied health providers and services.

    Detailed Costs

    A portion of a service's school readiness funding may have been allocated to provide this allied health support. The allocation will cover a particular level of service, depending on the service's total school readiness funding allocation.

    Services with a total funding allocation below $5000 will not have access to pre-purchased allied health services, but can use their school readiness funding to purchase these services independently.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: educators, children, parents/carers.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: occupational therapists provide support to educators that builds on existing skills and knowledge, including coaching and modelling, in order to enhance their confidence in supporting children's social and emotional self-regulation, physical development and sensory processing.

    Program adaptability: services should consider, in consultation with their occupational therapist, the needs of staff and children, and how best they may be supported.

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill if educators are required to engage in the case consultation and training elements of this program. Occupational therapists must be registered with AHPRA and work in accordance with the VEYLDF.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional), Access and inclusion

    Strength of Evidence

    Professional services