Ms Simone West

BOccThy, BA(Hons), PGCertWoundCare

Simone is the principal therapist of Melbourne Children’s Hand Therapy. She is an Occupational Therapist specialising in Paediatric Hand Therapy. Simone has an 18-year association with the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, providing upper-limb programs to support children and young persons to participate in everyday activities in educational, community and home environments.

Simone is experienced in assessment and management of acute and chronic upper-limb conditions, across diagnostic groups including: burns, rheumatology, plastics, orthopaedics, neurology, neonatal musculoskeletal, autoimmune diseases and oncology. She recognises the value of a strengths based approach and collaborative care.

Simone has worked for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute as the lead investigator of the RCH Burns Unit Research Scholarship Project. In addition, she has collaborated with the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association and the Joanna Briggs Institute to investigate and coauthor evidence based guidelines for splinting, mobility and exercise prescription. Simone is currently a research partner with the University of Melbourne.

Areas of interest

  • Upper Limb Trauma & Rehabilitation
  • Hypermobility
  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Musician’s Injuries
  • Congenital Hand Differences
  • School Skill Difficulties
  • Family / Carer / Teacher Support
  • Sports Injuries

Common services

  • Comprehensive upper limb evaluation
  • Scar management
  • Oedema management
  • Technology use
  • Adaptive activity programs
  • Compression therapy
  • Splinting
  • Joint protection
  • Handwriting
  • Fine motor skills assessment
  • Personalised exercise programs
  • Sensory assessment and management

As an Occupational Therapist, Simone has an integral understanding of developmental overlay associated with childhood skill acquisition and growth, and actively incorporates this into all programs designed to manage hand differences associated with congenital or acquired conditions.