Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are allied health professionals who help individuals enhance their ability to engage in daily activities and improve their overall well-being. Their primary focus is on promoting independence and participation in meaningful activities.

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Our Occupational Therapy Services

Occupational therapists play a crucial role in providing services throughout the lifespan, offering valuable support to individuals impacted by developmental disorders, physical and intellectual disabilities, chronic or progressive conditions, as well as mental health challenges.

Occupational therapy services revolve around promoting independence in daily activities and facilitating engagement in social and economic activities.

These encompass a variety of interventions, including functional capacity assessments, disability-related chronic disease management, prescription and implementation of assistive technology and environmental modifications, mental health interventions, and targeted rehabilitation.

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How We Can Assist

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    Assessment

    Occupational therapists evaluate an individual's physical, cognitive, emotional, and environmental factors to understand their strengths and challenges in performing daily tasks.

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    Goal Setting

    Based on the assessment, occupational therapists work with individuals to set realistic and personalized goals. These goals often aim to improve independence in activities of daily living.

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    Intervention Planning

    Occupational therapists develop intervention plans tailored to the individual's needs. These plans may include exercises, adaptive strategies, environmental modifications, and skill-building activities.

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    Skill Development

    Occupational therapists help individuals develop or regain essential skills for activities such as dressing, grooming, cooking, and writing. This may involve fine and gross motor skills, coordination, and sensory processing.

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    Adaptive Techniques and Equipment

    They introduce adaptive techniques and recommend assistive devices or equipment to make daily tasks more manageable for individuals with physical or cognitive challenges.

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    Sensory Integration

    Occupational therapists work with individuals, to address sensory processing issues and enhance their ability to respond appropriately to sensory stimuli.

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    Cognitive Rehabilitation

    For individuals with cognitive impairments, occupational therapists provide cognitive rehabilitation to improve memory, attention, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.

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    Workplace Ergonomics

    In a work or vocational setting, occupational therapists assess and recommend ergonomic adjustments to enhance productivity and prevent work-related injuries.

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    Paediatric Development

    Occupational therapists play a crucial role in supporting children with developmental delays by working on skills needed for academic success, social interactions, and self-care.

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    Mental Health Support

    Occupational therapists contribute to mental health care by addressing the impact of mental health conditions on daily functioning. They may help individuals manage stress, anxiety, and depression through therapeutic activities.

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How Occupational Therapy Can Help

The occupational therapist will commence with an initial assessment, developing a comprehensive understanding of your needs, goals, and the challenges and opportunities associated with those goals. The assessment will explore your:

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Community access
  • Home Life and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
  • Leisure Tasks
  • Lifestyle Choices

Following the initial assessment, the occupational therapist will identify possible solutions and treatments, working collaboratively with you to prioritise any actions. Lastly, the occupational therapist will monitor and review whether the goals and outcomes were achieved.

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Functional Capacity Assessment

An occupational therapy functional capacity assessment under the NDIS is conducted by an occupational therapist (OT) to identify the necessary supports and services for individuals with disabilities to attain their goals and enhance their independence.

This assessment is a thorough examination of the individual's functional capabilities and requirements, considering various aspects of their daily activities across home, work, and community environments.

The practical nature of the assessment involves the OT:

  1. Engaging the individual in discussions about their goals, strengths, and challenges, while also observing them performing tasks or participating in activities to assess their abilities.
  2. Reviewing relevant medical records and obtaining information from other professionals, such as doctors or therapists, as necessary.
  3. Collaborating with the individual, their loved ones, or core support to gain insights into their lived experience of disability.

The assessment may also incorporate:

  1. The use of standardised tests, including cognitive, mood, movement, sensory, or Activities of Daily Living tests, to better understand the individual's abilities.

Based on the assessment outcomes, the OT compiles a comprehensive report that outlines:

  1. The individual's current functional status across NDIS-supported domains.
  2. A plan of therapeutic support, capacity building, and core supports required to help the participant achieve their goals.

This report is likely utilised by the individual, their support coordinator, and NDIS delegate or planner to inform decisions about the most effective and tailored support strategies.

Prescribing Assistive Technology

A thorough initial occupational therapy assessment will aid in narrowing down the selection of suitable assistive technology for trial.

Minor Home Modifications (Non-Structural)

An occupational therapist can recommend simple solutions that can bring substantial functional improvement to your daily life.

Personal and Core Support Education and Training

From working with people in their homes, their workplace, community and even in aged care service settings, we’ll work with you and your team to help achieve your personal care goals.

Advocacy

Coordinating care, managing cases, offering transition services such as discharge planning, advocating for clients, and making referrals to relevant services.

Therapeutic Interventions for Enhancing Daily Life

From cooking activities and gaming to professional work, volunteering, and crafting personal memoirs, we've been tasked with addressing various daily living challenges to support individuals in living the life they desire. We can tailor rehabilitation programs to align with your specific goals.

Additional Links

For more comprehensive information regarding occupational therapy:

Occupational Therapy Australia

Occupational Therapy Board of Australia