Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy supports people of all abilities to engage in activities (i.e. their occupations) they find meaningful, including leisure, self-care and productivity” (OT Australia). Occupational therapists achieve this by teaching new skills, or modifying the environment to maximise engagement and participation.

Lifeworks Occupational Therapy is a rehabilitation and recovery service for people with chronic and/or complex conditions. We are dedicated to helping people with chronic/complex conditions do the things that are important to them, and achieve a better quality of life.

Occupational Therapists look at what a person wants to do, or needs to do, and helps them to achieve this. It could be anything from getting dressed, to playing sport, sleeping well, going to work, or cooking meals. We focus on the activities that are most important to the person.

Our occupational therapists evaluate the impact of a health condition on a person’s daily activity and quality of life. They identify factors that impact on function in a variety of areas, including sensory, motor, cognitive, environmental, social and emotional. They then help to develop new skills and use practical strategies to:

  • improve function
  • better manage symptoms
  • Increase independence
  • achieve goals
  • improve quality of life

We involve our clients in every aspect of treatment. We work with individuals to identify goals and develop a treatment plan that will best meet their needs.

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
  • Disorganisation
  • 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

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.