A comprehensive occupational therapy service for people suffering from Chronic Pain, Mental Health and Chronic Health conditions.
Helping you develop skills, enhance function, manage symptoms, overcome barriers and build resilience using proven Occupational Therapy techniques.
Phone: 0451 178 880
Fax: (08) 6323 3329
PO Box 162, Mt Lawley WA 6929
Central / East
Mt Lawley Medical Centre
Unit 1 / 687 Beaufort St Mt Lawley WA 6050
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17 Lemnos St Shenton Park WA 6008
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Unit 10 / 14 Annois Rd Bibra Lake WA 6163
Balanced Health Clinic
104/6 Walsh Loop Joondalup WA 6027
We provide services across areas including pain management, mental health, and physical rehabilitation.
We offer home and workplace visits as well as clinic consultations. We also provide telephone and Skype consulting for rural clients.
What is Occupational Therapy?
"Occupation" is anything you do that occupies your time, such as cooking, sport, sleeping, work or having a shower.
"Occupational Therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational Therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement." (WFOT 2012).
Occupational Therapists identify a person's abilities and limitations and the issues that prevent that person from fully participating in their chosen activities of life. They can then help their clients to participate fully through the development of skills or modification of the environment.
A person may be suitable for LifeWorks Occupational Therapy services if they experience any of the following:
- Difficulty functioning within their work, home, social or recreational environments
- Lack of motivation in managing their self-care, or doing their usual daily activities
- Difficulty coping at work or home
- Poor sleep
- Chronic pain
- Withdrawal from friends and family or preferring to be alone
- Loss of role (e.g. worker, partner, caregiver)
- Feelings of failure, inadequacy or loneliness
- Increased use of substances to cope (e.g. alcohol)
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Lack of meaning or purpose in life
- Lack of self-confidence or poor self esteem
- Struggling with relationships
- Chronic fatigue
- Unemployment or difficulty finding work
- Struggling to negotiate the health care or welfare systems
- Considering neuromodulation implant treatment
Chronic Pain and Chronic Conditions
There are many sources of chronic pain, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, traumatic injuries, complex regional pain syndrome, whiplash associated disorders and disorders such as herniated discs or surgeries on the back that leave residual hypersensitivity.
There are also many other chronic conditions that effect a persons ability to participate in everyday life, such as chronic fatigue or diabetes.
Occupational Therapists appreciate the full complexity of chronic conditions and pain. We evaluate the impact on your daily activities and quality of life, and equip you with the skills and strategies to manage the symptoms of your condition.
Mental health conditions can include high levels of stress, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress or alcohol and drug dependence.
Occupational Therapists specialise in assessing how an individual's mental health condition impacts on their ability to function in their everyday life. We work together with people who have mental health concerns to develop and achieve personal goals.
Occupational Therapists can help you better understand your mental health condition and to take an active part in your own wellness. We can also help you to develop skills to live more independently in the community - including assistance with developing hobbies and interests, returning to work and linking in with community groups and agencies.
Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and other health professionals often work together to assist people to achieve their goals.
Psychologists provide therapies designed to change the way someone is thinking – or how they respond to their own thoughts.
Occupational Therapists provide therapies designed to change the way someone is functioning. We are concerned with how a person’s mental health condition is affecting what they can do, and we help them develop skills or change their environment to improve function.
How do I start?
If you want to access our services you can just give us a call to discuss your individual needs and options.
When a referral is received from another health professional, like your GP, we will contact you by phone. This provides an opportunity to answer any questions you might have and to schedule an initial appointment.
The initial appointment involves an interview and any other assessments needed to give us an understanding of your current circumstances and concerns. At the second appointment we will work with you to set treatment goals and create a treatment plan and then begin treatment. This may include regular appointments and homework tasks.
Your progress is regularly reviewed in consultation with you, and treatment continues until your goals are achieved or treatment is ended by either you or your therapist.
LifeWorks Occupational Therapy services are delivered in a professional, confidential and collaborative way. Clients are involved in every aspect of the treatment process, including identifying goals and formulating their individual treatment plans.
Do I need a referral?
You don't need a referral from a health professional to access our services. You can simply call and make an appointment.
If you wish to claim a medicare rebate under Better Access to Mental Health or under Chronic Disease Management you will need a referral. We can often help you to identify your eligibility for Medicare rebates or even contact your GP to help you arrange for a referral.
Why home visiting?
Occupational Therapists understand that your environment has a significant impact on your ability to perform tasks. Life skills can’t always be fully developed away from the places in which we live and the situations we experience in our home, our workplace and our community.
At times, modifying your home or work environment will be a part of the treatment process. With this is mind, it is important to include these environments during all aspects of treatment, including during the initial assessment and during any subsequent interventions and therapies.
Home visiting also makes it very easy for you to attend appointments and allows therapies to be delivered in a space where you feel … at home.
Clinic rooms, work-sites, schools, and other community-based venues may also be used where appropriate.
Fees and Rebates
Initial consultations take 60-70 minutes and cost $160-$170.
Subsequent consultations are 60 minutes and cost $140-$150.
All home and community visit consultations attract a $25-$35 surcharge to cover travel time.
Many private health funds offer rebates for Occupational Therapy consultations, home visits and group sessions under ancillary cover. Please check with your health fund to see if you are eligible.
If you were referred under Worker’s Compensation or Motor Vehicle Accident insurance we will contact your insurer for funding approval before your first appointment. Once we have approval we will bill direct to your insurer.
There are two Medicare programs that offer rebates that may apply.
The Better Access to Mental Health program currently offers a rebate of $96.35 for home visits, $74.80 for clinic appointments and $19.00 for group sessions.
A referral is required from your GP or Psychiatrist to claim a Medicare rebate under Better Access to Mental Health. You are entitled to up to 10 focused psychological consultations as well as up to 10 group sessions annually under this program if eligible.
A referral and a Chronic Disease Management Plan from your GP are required to claim a Medicare rebate under Chronic Disease Management. You are entitled to 5 allied health sessions annually under this program.
Please note that there are no Medicare rebates for Telehealth (Phone or Skype) appointments at this time.