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Occupational therapy (OT) is a health profession regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Occupational therapists use a whole person perspective to work with people and achieve optimal health and wellbeing throughout their clients activities of daily life.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy has a focus on promoting health and wellbeing by enabling people to participate in the everyday occupations of life such as:

  • Self-care activities
    • Showering
    • Dressing
    • Preparing food
  • Productive activities
    • Education
    • Work
    • Volunteering
    • Caring for others
  • Leisure/social activities
    • Being part of a community group
    • Engaging in a hobby
    • Being part of a friendship group

Occupational therapists play a particularly crucial role in enabling clients experiencing disability, be it physically or mentally limiting, to identify and implement methods that support their participation in occupations. This may include providing advice and alternate techniques to do an activity more easily and safely or even modifying the activity or environment to suit your needs.

Additionally, occupational therapists prescribe devices to help do the activities their clients 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.