Mental health recovery program for injured workers

The Lifeworks OT Recover Program is a community-based program which involves regular contact with an occupational therapist for mental health rehabilitation and recovery.

Mental health occupational therapists assist people with mental illness to optimise their function through the prescription of graded activities, adaptations and modifications and development of specific skills. These skill areas can include: self-care, home and community management, leisure and recreation, work and study, social, and self-management skills. The types of activities and skills worked on during therapy depend on the goals of the client.

Initially we complete an assessment to determine how the client’s illness is impacting on their function and identify barriers to recovery. We then set goals with the client to direct intervention, and develop a rehabilitation plan to overcome barriers and achieve goals. Following this, we provide treatment, which we review at regular intervals to ensure we are progressing effectively. Treatment is often provided within the client’s home or in the community, in order to ensure that skills are able to be translated to their usual environment.

The Recover Program can assist a client to develop the skills and level of functioning required to return to work, given that the client is motivated towards this goal and willing to engage.

Following the initial assessment, the occupational therapist will provide a structured rehabilitation plan with a specified number of sessions. The Workcover WA Occupational Therapy gazetted fees apply, with costs agreed prior to commencement.

The best time to refer to the Recover Program is when a person is having difficulty with functioning at home, work or in the community due to the effects of mental illness. This could include a reduced interest in self-care, isolating oneself, sleeping poorly, struggling with organisation, difficulty concentrating on tasks or a loss of motivation to do previously enjoyed activities. Early intervention generally correlates with better outcomes.

All of the occupational therapists working within the Recover Program have considerable experience in mental health, and training in therapies such as cognitive-behaviour therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.

If you would like to learn more about our program, or make a referral, please contact us via phone, email, fax, or via our website.

COVID-19 Update

We hope you are safe and well, and coping with all the changes to our lives that have occurred due to COVID-19.  We would like to let you know that we are here to support you, and are continuing to provide occupational therapy services. We have temporarily ceased any clinic-based consultations in order to reduce any risk to our clients and our staff. All of our staff are now currently working from home.  Our preference is to provide OT services as much as possible via telehealth.  This means either telephone or online consultations.  This is the best way to still provide services and remove any risk of infection.  We understand however, that for some of our clients, this is neither suitable or possible. Where telehealth is not appropriate, and an occupational therapy service is essential, we are continuing to see clients in their homes or in the community. We do this with all the physical distancing and hygiene precautions in place.
We will contact you prior to your appointment to see if it is possible for us to provide your service via telehealth. If it is not possible and we are planning to come to your home, please let us know if you or anyone in your household are unwell with any symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, cough or sore throat.
We care very much about our clients and staff and we would like to reassure you that we are doing our best to keep surfaces and our hands clean and will maintain a safe physical distance during home visits.  This means we will not shake hands when we greet you, and will only use direct hands on contact when essential.

If you are well and we come to see you at home or in the community, please:

  • Maintain a 1.5 metre physical distance where possible.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands before and after appointments where possible.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, please use a tissue and dispose of it or cover your mouth and nose with your elbow.
  • Refrain from having additional family members/carers with you if possible as the less people in contact with everyone the better.
We know that at this time some of our clients may be finding it particularly difficult with increased isolation, anxiety or a reduction in their usual supports and services.  We would like you to know that if this applies to you, please reach out to us to ask for help, and we will try our best to help you access the support you need.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding of the above. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Best Wishes
The Lifeworks Occupational Therapy Team