How Can A Occupational Therapist Benefit You?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is used when a person is having difficulty with everyday tasks and occupation. 

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, including children and older people, to help them do things that ‘occupy’ their time on a day-to-day basis. These can include:

  • looking after yourself
  • work or school
  • social activities
  • being part of your community

An occupational therapist can identify your strengths and difficulties (eg. dressing or getting to the shops) and will help you work out practical solutions. With the help of an OT you can maintain, regain or improve your independence through the use of different techniques, changing your environment (structural modifications at home) and using new equipment (various types of aids).

Bulk billing/Private sessions:

  • Standard Initial Consult  – $134 (45 mins) / $90 (30 mins) 
  • Standard Subsequent Consult –  $153 (45 mins) / $80 (30 mins)
  • Assessment Consult (1hr session) – $189
  • Standard Subsequent Consult (1hr session) – $189

Practical Solutions To Improve Your Independence

Occupational therapists offer a broad range of services to individuals and groups, or they can provide assistance at a more strategic level. Their support may include:

  • Therapeutic use of occupations, and activities, including therapeutic use of self (including one’s personality, insights, perceptions, and judgments, as part of the therapeutic process);
  • Skill development in self-care, self-management, home management, and  community/work/school reintegration;
  • Education and support of individuals, including family members, caregivers, and others, through collaborative and consultative partnerships and family-centred approaches;
  • Care coordination, case management, transition services including discharge planning, client advocacy and onward referral to relevant services;
  • Modification of environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) and adaptation of processes, including the application of ergonomic principles;
  • Assessment, customisation and oversight of equipment provision including orthotic devices, and training in the use of prosthetic devices;
  • Driver rehabilitation and community mobility;
  • Use of natural contexts for assessment and intervention (i.e. home, school classrooms, work settings, community); and
  • Use of a range of specific therapeutic procedures to enhance performance such as wound care management, techniques to enhance sensory, perceptual, and cognitive processing, and manual therapy technique skills.
Occupational Therapist providing advice

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

Helen Keller