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.