Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists are health professionals who work with people across the lifespan to enable them to participate in the things that they need and want to do across all aspects of life.
Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, occupational therapists work with people of all ages who also have a physical or psychosocial disability to enable participation in activities of everyday living.
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The AYS Occupational Therapy Team

We work closely with you and those close to you to maximise your independence. Ranging from improving self-care, accessing the community, exploring housing options and modifications, to prescribing assistive technology, Occupational Therapy helps you do the things you need to do to, in the most effective way possible.
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Individualised intervention strategies to work towards your goals such as:

  • Increasing independence in personal care activities (such as showering, dressing & grooming)
  • Household/ domestic activities (such as meal preparation, cleaning & gardening)
  • Community access & participation (including transport training)
  • Social participation
  • Education, employment and volunteering support
  • Provision of assistive technology and home modifications to increase independence within the home and community.
  • Supported disability accommodation/ Supported independent living assessments to assist in outlining levels of support required for a supported living environment.

Occupational Therapy & Occupational Therapist FAQs

Occupational therapy is a crucial aspect of healthcare that focuses on helping individuals improve their ability to perform daily activities and tasks, allowing them to live an independent and fulfilling life. Occupational therapists are professionals in this field who work with people of all ages to promote health and well-being through meaningful and purposeful activities.

Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on helping people with physical, mental, or developmental challenges to lead independent and fulfilling lives through meaningful activities. Occupational therapists work with individuals of all ages to improve their ability to perform everyday tasks, such as self-care, work, and leisure activities. They assess a client's needs, develop personalised treatment plans, and teach new skills or techniques to maximize their independence and quality of life. Occupational therapists may also provide recommendations for adaptive equipment, environmental modifications, and assistive technology to support their clients' independence. In addition, they collaborate with other healthcare professionals, educators, and family members to ensure a holistic and comprehensive approach to care. Whether working in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centers, or community settings, occupational therapists play a crucial role in helping people achieve their goals and participate fully in daily life.

Occupational therapists use a holistic approach to consider not only the physical aspects of a person's well-being, but also their mental, emotional, and social needs. They may work with clients who have physical or mental disabilities, injuries, or illnesses, helping them to develop or regain the skills needed for everyday living and working. Additionally, occupational therapists may also provide support and consultation to family members and caregivers to ensure a supportive environment for their clients.

What is occupational therapy, and how does it help people?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a health profession that helps individuals of all ages to participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). OT helps people recover from injury, live with ongoing conditions, enhance participation in life, and bring meaning and purpose through the improvement of daily living skills and participation in activities.

Who are occupational therapists, and what do they do?

Occupational therapists (OTs) are professionals trained to assist individuals in overcoming barriers that may be preventing them from participating fully in life. Professional occupational therapists focus on adapting the environment, modifying tasks, teaching skills, and using equipment to increase participation and performance in daily activities. OTs work across various settings, including hospitals, community health centers, schools, and private practice.

What are some areas of specialisation within occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy covers a broad range of areas, including paediatrics, mental health, aged care, rehabilitation, and community health. OTs may specialise in early intervention, helping children develop fine motor skills, supporting people with disabilities, or assisting those with complex needs like traumatic brain injury.

How does one become an occupational therapist in Australia?

To practice as an occupational therapist in Australia, one must complete an accredited occupational therapy program, pass a national certification examination, and register with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. Continuous education and adherence to evidence-based practice are essential for maintaining accreditation.

How does occupational therapy contribute to communities and healthcare?

Occupational therapy plays a crucial role in promoting health and well-being within communities by enabling people to participate more fully in life. OTs address physical, psychological, and social needs, enhancing participation in occupations that bring meaning to life. They work in policymaking, community health, and education to create inclusive environments for all.

How can individuals access occupational therapy services?

Individuals can access occupational therapy services through referrals from healthcare providers, through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia, or by contacting occupational therapy services directly in private practice settings. It’s important to find services that are suitable for your needs, whether it’s for injury recovery, enhancing daily living skills, or support for independent living.

What is the role of Australia and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)?

Australia, through Occupational Therapy Australia and the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia, collaborates with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) to ensure that practice standards meet international criteria. This collaboration helps in advancing the profession globally and ensuring high-quality care and innovation in occupational therapy practice.

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