About Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is a degree-based health profession, regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Occupational therapists use a whole person perspective to work with individuals, groups and communities to achieve optimal health and wellbeing through participation in the occupations of life.

The term ‘occupation’ is used to describe all the everyday things we do in our life roles, but also the things we do to be who we are, the things we do to create a meaningful life and to engage with wider society and culture.

Since 1 July 2012 all occupational therapists working in Australia are required to be registered to practice. This registration process is the legislative responsibility of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is operated through the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (OTBA).

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy enables people to participate in activities they find meaningful. These activities include taking care of oneself (and others), working, volunteering, and participating in hobbies, interests and social events.Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what activities you can do (and those you want to do), any current limitations, your goals/motivations and also to offer advice/techniques about how to do something more easily and safely.

Occupational therapists (OTs) prescribe devices to help you do the activities you want and need to do. They will make sure you can use the device in the best way to meet your needs. This means that you will get a total solution and not just a product.

Occupational therapy enables people to participate in the activities they find meaningful activities. These activities include taking care of oneself (and others), working, volunteering, and participating in hobbies, interests and social events.

OTA’s Find an OT directory lists over 3,000 occupational therapists working in private practice settings throughout Australia. Simply use the filters to refine your search by location, area of expertise or funding scheme. Browse the directory here: https://otaus.com.au/find-an-ot

Occupational therapists work in both private practices and for public organisations (such as hospitals). As rates vary therapist to therapist, consumers are encouraged to make contact and discuss costs with their therapist before engaging their services. Many occupational therapists work under various government funding schemes, including DVA, Medicare and the NDIS.  Please talk to your doctor if you need to be referred through these schemes.

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what activities you can do (and those you want to do). Together, you and your occupational therapist will discuss any current limitations, your goals/motivations and they may also offer advice/techniques about how to do something more easily and safely.

Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan in a range of settings. This includes hospitals, rehabilitation centres, private practices, aged care facilities, schools, community health centres and government organisations.

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