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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.

What can you expect from your Independent Occupational Therapist?

•  Contact within 48 hours of receiving referral
•  Initial meeting or “getting to know you” session to discuss goals and aspirations as well as identifying areas of which you wish to increase your independence
•  Assessment of your current performance in the areas you have identified through the use of


Assessment of your current performance in activities that you have identified through the use assessment tools including but not limited to:

• Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS)
A standardised, observational assessment to evaluate performance within activities of daily living.

• Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)
An outcomes measured used to measure client’s self-perception of performance within activities of daily living.

• Observational assessment to assess functional capacity


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.

Timely reporting to the NDIS as per requirements of occupational therapy engagement

Through working with your occupational therapist you can expect to meet your NDIS goals through client centred assessment and intervention with recommendations for ongoing support in areas of everyday life.

Occupational Therapy Referral Form

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