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We are Lifeworks Occupational Therapy

We help people with complex persistent health conditions and psychosocial disabilities
to live their best lives possible

Origin Story

Humble Beginnings

Our founder and Director, Jacintha, started Lifeworks OT in 2014 with a dream to fill the gap in service delivery for people with a mental illness living in the community. This grew out of working within public community mental health services and becoming frustrated by the constant requirement to provide crisis intervention, leaving no opportunity for primary prevention or therapeutic intervention that would reduce the incidence of crises occurring and improve people’s quality of life. Jacintha started by seeking Medicare-funded mental health referrals from consultant psychiatrists working in private practice.  The work was highly rewarding, as the primary focus was therapeutic intervention, and clients were having successes and achieving goals.  All the work was home or community visits, as Jacintha was working on her own, out of her home office.

Growth

Jacintha was then invited to work within a multi-disciplinary pain management service, which lead to a passion for improving the lives of people experiencing persistent pain. Hence, our niche area of pain management. This clinic closed down, however the pain specialist was keen to continue referring his clients to Jacintha, and so the pain management work continued.  Gradually, other people started to join the team, and some of these initial team members include Peta, who is currently our Practice Manager, and Elyse, who is the Principal OT in our North team.  We have worked from a few different locations to provide clinic-based services, including, Joondalup, Subiaco, Leederville, Bibra Lake, Fremantle and Mt Lawley (twice).  We started to add other complex conditions to our repertoire of services, including connective tissue disorders (EDS, HSD), and Functional Neurological disorders, as we found that our unique skill set across mental health, pain and fatigue was very helpful for people with these conditions. In 2019/2020, the NDIS took off in WA, and we started to become overwhelmed with work.  This was exciting for us, as finally people with psychosocial disability were receiving funding, for the very first time.

Today

Our team continued to grow, and we started to need a bigger premises and somewhere to base our administrative services.  In 2021, an exciting move occurred – we moved into our very own premises in Mt Lawley. We are continuing to help people with psychosocial disability, mental illness, persistent pain, connective tissue disorders, functional neurological disorders, chronic fatigue, and other chronic conditions. We also continue to support an train OT’s and OTA’s to be able to help people with these conditions.  In 2022 we have added external clinical supervision to our suite of services, and taken on our first OT students, which aligns with our vision of promoting the profession and ensuring all people have access to quality OT services.

We believe that everyone deserves to live life well

Lifeworks Occupational Therapy exists to give people with chronic or complex health conditions the knowledge, skills and power to move forward with confidence, and overcome barriers, so they can live their best possible life

Our Vision

To be an industry leader in the provision and promotion of quality occupational therapy services, accessible to all people living in Australia.

Our Mission

To enable all people to participate in the areas of life that are important to them, and achieve an optimal quality of life, through occupational therapy.

Our Purpose

Giving people with chronic health conditions the knowledge, skills and power to move forward with confidence and overcome barriers so they can live their best possible life.

We value excellence in every aspect of our work

At Lifeworks Occupational Therapy we strive for excellence in everything we do and work closely with our clients, carers, families, and other providers to ensure the best outcomes for everyone. We always interact in a professional and respectful manner and are committed to being open, honest, and doing what is right. We also strive to think creatively and tailor our approach to each individual’s unique circumstances.

Quality

We aim for excellence in all areas of service provision. We achieve outcomes.

Respect

We interact in a professional manner with all those who come in to contact with our service. We listen. We treat everyone with respect.

Integrity

We are open and honest. We follow through on our commitments and we do the right thing.

Collaboration

We work in a collaborative manner with clients, carers, families, and other treating providers to achieve the best outcomes. We are all on the same team.

Innovation

We think outside the box when it comes to solving problems and overcoming barriers.

Individualised

We believe everyone’s circumstance is unique and customise interventions accordingly. We do not have a “one size fits all” approach.

Our People

Meet our awesome team. We searched high and low for people who were highly qualified with years of experience in their fields. Checkout their bios to learn more about them.

Jacintha Bell

Jacintha Bell

Chief Executive Officer
Heidi Perera

Heidi Perera

Principal Occupational Therapist
Elyse Graham

Elyse Graham

Principal Occupational Therapist
Ian Cheok

Ian Cheok

Senior Principal Occupational Therapist
Simon Gao

Simon Gao

Principal Occupational Therapist
Hayley McDonnell

Hayley McDonnell

Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Our Clinics

We currently have three clinics in Western Australia

Central Clinic (Mt Lawley)

150 Walcott Street, Mt Lawley, WA 6050

North Clinic (Joondalup)

Pain Science WA, 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup, WA 6027

South Clinic (Bibra Lake)

Bibra Lake Specialist Centre
10/14 Annois Road, Bibra Lake, WA 6163

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