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Acute Stroke Management

Acute stroke management

Mater Health and Wellness occupational therapists offer acute services to private patients following a stroke. Through intervention in the acute phase of stroke rehabilitation, occupational therapists are able to assist patients begin the recovery process to optimise meaningful participation and independence for activities of daily living. This is achieved by either working directly to address recovery of function, or by adapting the task or environment.

Acute Stroke Management

Purpose of Occupational Therapy

The purpose of occupational therapy is to:

  • promote confidence and functional independence following injury or disability
  • help patients gain or regain skills which are essential for a safe and meaningful life
  • assist patients to achieve their valued roles within their physical and social environment
  • ensure a safe transition from the acute setting to the patient's home environment.


Highly qualified occupational therapists assess each patient to determine their level of ability.

Such assessments include:

  • activities of daily living
  • upper limb; motor function, sensation and coordination
  • visual perception; visual function, neglect and apraxia
  • cognition; attention and concentration, memory and executive functions.

Prevention of secondary complications

The aim of occupational therapy is to help prevent or minimise the effects complications have on function.

The following are common secondary complications patients can experience:

  • shoulder subluxation
  • pressure areas
  • oedema
  • pain
  • contracture
  • fatigue.


Mater Health and Wellness provide a range of treatment options for patients including:

  • positioning and splinting
  • upper limb movement facilitation and hand function retraining
  • cognitive and perceptual retraining
  • adaptive techniques for independence
  • assistive equipment
  • education.

Transition from acute care

Occupational therapists work with the multidisciplinary team, patient and their families/carers to support the continuum of care from acute stroke management to the inpatient or community rehabilitation phase.

  • referrals for home visits to ensure patient safety, maximise independence and continue therapy to optimise function at home
  • coordination of referrals for driving assessments
  • education regarding return to work services and referrals as required.

Acute Stroke Management

Evidence based practice

In line with current evidence and research, The National Stroke Foundation 'Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2010' advocate for the provision of a coordinated program by a specialised, multidisciplinary team of health professionals.

The Mater Private Occupational Therapy service works closely with medical, nursing, and other allied health staff to provide individual assessment, treatment, regular review, discharge planning, and follow-up.

Making a referral

To make a referral to an occupational therapist, please contact:

Telephone: 07 3163 6000
Pager # 4539
Monday to Friday 8 am to 4.30 pm

Occupational Therapy

Level 2 Mater Hospital Brisbane
Raymond Terrace
South Brisbane Qld 4101

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Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-410000
Last modified 09/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 22/7/2014
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