Occupational Therapy Services

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupation therapy is a treatment and rehabilitation method that aims to get you back to everyday life and work after an injury, disability, or illness. Occupational therapists in Australia use a holistic approach backed by scientific research and evidence, giving you the best possible chance of reaching a sound physical state to participate in daily tasks and activities. 

The research driven, evidence based and holistic approach occupational therapists take means that patients are given their best shot at reaching their goals of participating in everyday life, activities and work.

Our occupational therapists can prescribe devices and therapy equipment that further enable you to safely and independently participate in the activities that are important to you.

We promote health, wellbeing and independence by enabling you to participate in these occupations to the best of your ability, while restoring your confidence following illness or injury.

Benefits of Occupational Therapy Services

Gain Independence

Occupational therapy is one of the best treatment options for working to gain greater independence with activities of daily living.

Gentle

It works with the individual requirements of the body within specific environments to slowly gain mobility and function, gently.

Restore Confidence

The goals achieved at an occupational therapy clinic can change lives and restore confidence through gained ability and mobility.

Holistic

Occupational rehab is a holistic therapy that considers physical and mental state, lifestyle, living arrangements and work environment into the treatment.

Improved Wellbeing

Occupational therapy adjusts and works with the parts of your lifestyle that are an affliction to your ability to live a happy, healthy life.

Health-fund friendly

Check with your private health fund provider covers you for occupational therapy, as it is often included in standard extras.

Frequently Asked Questions

They provide interventions for patients to participate in their usual roles and environment in personal care, domestic, community, vocational and avocational activity and may include:

  • Education regarding precautions, anatomy, and biomechanics relevant to their condition
  • Education regarding expected rate of recovery, pacing and self-monitoring in returning to daily occupations
  • Education regarding postural awareness, pain management, and manual handling techniques in daily occupations
  • Education and trial of adaptive equipment and compensatory techniques to increase independence
  • Equipment prescription, referral for support services and modification of home or work environmental factors as required
  • Facilitating return to occupation through graded conditioning of affected limbs, standing and activity tolerance activities, functional mobility retraining and work hardening
  • Community assessment and retraining (such as shopping, banking, money handling, outdoor mobility, and public transport usage).

When deemed necessary, driver assessment/retraining and home assessments will be arranged by an occupational therapist to ensure patient safety and independence are maximised. Home modification and the provision of equipment and community support services will be organised by the occupational therapist.

Occupational therapy aims to maximise patients’ independence, confidence and safety in daily occupations with assessment and graded intervention addressing physical, cognitive, environmental, psychosocial and cultural factors as required.

Both an occupational therapist (OT) and physiotherapist are registered health professionals that require a university degree. In general, an occupational therapist (OT) tends to focus on evaluating and improving a person’s functional ability to perform their occupations or activities of daily living while a physiotherapist tends to be more focused on evaluating and diagnosing movement dysfunctions as well as treating a person’s injury itself. An OT may focus on:

  • Increasing a person’s independence with activities of daily living such as showering, dressing or preparing meals
  • Restoring basic functions such as holding a spoon, using a comb, or going to the bathroom

A Physio may focus on: 

  • Assessing injuries or disabilities that are limiting patients’ movements or overall health
  • Using exercises, massage and other techniques to relieve pain and improve a person’s mobility and muscle strength
  • Promoting a personalised health and wellness program aimed at an active lifestyle that prevents injuries or the development of chronic health conditions

In Australia, a referral is not required to be able to see an allied health professional such as an occupational therapist, although it is often helpful for you to bring as much information about your health history as well as any specific medical or surgical details that relate to your reason for seeing an OT. There are a few exceptions to this, where you will need to obtain a referral from your GP prior to attending our clinic. This includes:

  • Workers Compensation Claims
  • CTP (Third Party) Road Accident Claims
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Claims
  • Medicare Claims (e.g. Chronic Disease Management referral)

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