What is an Occcupational Therapist or an OT?

What is an Occcupational Therapist or an OT?

This is a question that I have been asked consistently since I graduated just over 16 years ago. And I think given the title “Occupational Therapist” most people can be forgiven for assuming that my job is to find people an “occupation” or a job….and who can blame them for that!

Occupation actually refers to the occupations or life roles that are important to people; whether that be work, or any other activity that is meaningful in their life such as caring for children, preparing a meal, getting dressed, gardening or maintaining a leisure pursuit. The primary goal of an OT is to enable people to participate in the activities of every day life.

The beauty about the role of an Occupational Therapist, is that there are so many different areas that OT’s can choose to work; vocational rehabilitation, cardiology, paediatrics, general medicine, neurology, oncology and mental health to name a few.

I have chosen to specialise in Vocational or Occupational Rehabilitation, and this is the foundation for the services offered through Coastal Work and Rehabilitation Solutions. As an OT in this role, we perform the following:

  • Workplace assessment
  • Ergonomic assessment
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation
  • Risk assessment
  • Develop suitable duties programs for workers returning to work after an injury
  • Manual handling training
  • Activities of daily living assessment

CWRS offers these services in Maroochydore and across the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Gympie, Maryborough and Bundaberg.