Occupational Therapy at Peninsula Health comprises a team of approximately 100 Occupational Therapists and allied health assistants.
All Occupational Therapists working at Peninsula Health have a minimum of an undergraduate degree and are registered through the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.
Occupational Therapists provide a service to inpatients, outpatients and consumers in the community. These services are provided in acute and subacute inpatient hospitals, community rehabilitation, community health, aged care and mental health settings.
What do Occupational Therapists do?
Occupational therapists are essential members of the health team who enable patients to achieve their occupational performance goals. They assess the physical, environmental and occupational factors of each patient and develop an intervention plan. An intervention plan is directed round the occupations of self-care, work and leisure activities that are meaningful and valuable to the patient.
They work with individuals, groups and communities to improve their participation in meaningful occupations and work with clients across the lifespan from children to older adults.
Some of the interventions and skills utilised by occupational therapists are;
- Providing training and practice for clients to complete occupational tasks
- Cognitive rehabilitation
- Pressure injury prevention and management
- Upper limb rehabilitation
- Teaching compensatory strategies eg one handed dressing and meal preparation
- Prescribing assistive technology to improve safety and independence eg bathroom equipment, wheelchairs, dressing aids.
- Falls prevention and education including strategies for improving confidence and safety in the home
- Home modifications eg for wheelchair access to the home
- Providing palliative care support and assistive technology for the home
- Stress management and relaxation
- Advocacy for clients to participate in their community