Occupation therapists often work within workplaces to assist individuals in their ability to meet the functional necessities to complete their work, supporting both their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Occupational therapists also work to assist those with a loss of soft tissue function (i.e. muscles, connective tissue, bones, joints, nerves and CNS sensori-motor function) often caused through injury. Practise is characterised by the use of "hands-on" assessment and treatment techniques to improve the individual's function while performing an activity.
The aim of these techniques is to facilitate healthier patterns of both stability and movement for the individual, resulting in improved participation in occupations (e.g. increased independence, decreased pain, and decreased risk of injury). Assessment techniques and knowledge of soft tissue function complement and add to other forms of OT intervention.
Chronic pain can disrupt a person’s everyday life, causing them to lose their mobility and independence. OTs work with those suffering from chronic pain to assess and help in achieving everyday tasks through activities and tasks that can help actually manage the pain.
Worksafe Victoria is the state’s health and safety regulator and manages Victoria’s workers compensation scheme. It is responsible for the health, safety and welfare in the workplace throughout Victoria.
Return To Work Matters
Returning to Work Matters is a professional networking and resource site providing information and practical resources to facilitate injured or ill employees to recover their health and get back to their jobs. The website includes research, opinions, resources, events and evaluation tools.
ISCRR - Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research
Established in 2009, the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) is a joint initiative of WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe), the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Monash University to facilitate research and best practice in injury prevention, rehabilitation and compensation practice.
Return to Work Knowledge Base
Endorsed by the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, this website provides evidenced-based information to assist in returning to work. Resources include patient handouts, work disability reports, treatment guidelines.
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc (HFESA)
This professional association provides resources and support for ergonomists and human factors specialists throughout Australia including courses, conferences and special interest groups.
Transport Accident Commission (TAC)
Owned by the Victorian State Government, the Transport Accident Commission TAC is responsible for the payment of treatments and benefits for people injured in transport accidents as well as the promotion of road safety and the improvement of Victoria's trauma system.
Supported by the Queensland State Government, WorkCover Queensland is responsible for safety and compensation services through Workplace Health and Safety throughout the state. It represents a strategic partnership between the Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) and WorkCover Queensland. This website provides information about safety and workers' compensation issues.
VicHealth: Reducing prolonged sitting in the workplace
Produced as part of VicHealth’s Creating Healthy Workplaces program, this resource demonstrates the health impacts of prolonged sitting at work and provides practical strategies that workplaces can adopt to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff.
Victorian Government Health Information - Pressure Injuries and Skin Tears
Published by the Victorian Government, this website provides information, e-learning resources and other education resources for the treatment and prevention of pressure injuries and skin tears.
Australian Pain Society
The Australian Pain Society aims to minimise pain and related suffering through advocacy and leadership in clinical practice, education and research. This multidisciplinary organisation was formed in 1979, is a chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain and includes members from many medical specialties as well as dentistry, psychology, nursing, general practitioners other health professionals and the basic sciences.
Endorsed Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services
This Clinical Framework for the Delivery of Health Services in the insurance sector is endorsed by state insurance providers and Occupational Therapy Australia
Animal Assisted Intervention International have publicly available Standards of Practice (updated 2019). Click here to view the document.