Child and Family Occupational Therapy - Nowra Family Care Centre


What we do

Child and Family Occupational Therapists assess and provide intervention to children, young people, and their families to help them participate in everyday activities. This may involve increasing independence and skill with self-care tasks (dressing, feeding, toileting), fine motor skills (holding a pencil, cutting), play skills, handwriting skills, sensory (responding appropriately to things in the environment, such as noise), and attention and concentration. The service is predominantly centre-based, with occasional school and home visits conducted where indicated for children with physical access needs.

When to access this service

  • If you or a teacher are concerned about your child’s abilities or performance in the areas mentioned. 
  • If your child is concerned about their ability, or becomes frustrated when attempting these tasks. 
  • If your child avoids difficult tasks. 

What to expect

An initial assessment will be completed to ascertain your child’s strengths and areas of need, and to discuss areas of concern. If indicated, your child may receive therapy sessions to address identified goals. The service works within a limited session model, therefore parent training is an integral part of the service provided.  

Who should access this service

Children aged 0-18 years who have an occupational therapy need and live in the Shoalhaven are able to access the service. 

How to access this service (referrals or no referral necessary)

Parents/carers can self-refer. A referral from a GP is not required. 

What to bring

Relevant reports that pertain to your child’s development e.g. paediatrician reports, school reports.

Nowra Family Care Centre

Nowra Family Care Centre offers a range of Child and Family services. 

Contact Information

Nowra Family Care Centre
66 Berry St
Nowra NSW 2541
02 4424 6460

Monday to Friday 
8:00am - 4:30pm

How to get there, including by public transport

Driving is recommended as public transport to the site is limited. Please refer to local bus timetables for available routes.

Car parking

There is limited parking onsite. Parking is available at the council car park nearby as well as street parking. We encourage families to allow additional time for parking when accessing the service. 

Advice for disabled in getting to the service

Disability parking spots are available onsite.  

Our Staff

Head of Discipline - Occupational Therapy

Kate Andersen is the Head of Discipline for Occupational Therapy and Diversional Therapy. She also provides leadership to the equipment loan pools across the District. Kate brings a vast variety of clinical experience to the role, with almost 20 years within the local area.

The team of Occupational Therapists work in partnership with clients to maximise independence in their activities of everyday life, enhance safety and optimise their quality of life. Services are provided in hospitals, community health centres and in the home environment.