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    What are the roles of an Occupational Therapist?

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    Naomi Cezana

    Occupational Therapist (OT)

    I am an occupational therapist and would like to provide a service to ensure the ageing population that is living in the community can maintain … View Profile

    The role of an occupational therapist is to enable function and to carryout whatever task a person wants to do. Working with children, their primary role are to be learning, writing, drawing, running and playing. An Occupational Therapist would work with those aspects of a child's development until that child is independent in carrying them out.

    With an older person and occupational therapist would work towards making sure they are safe and independent in their home or with going out. We would assess whether they may require grab rails or special equipment installed within their home. This will enable them to be functional and be independent in their daily lives.

  • Mark McHugh

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    My understanding of a social worker fitting into a multidiscipline routine is interactions with services for a client. Social workers may represent or advocate for a client. They can direct or provide advice for a client or patient, in regard to the access of services and resources available.
    These services can assist their lives in becoming more balanced and more moving in the right direction towards wellness and well-being.

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    Aimee York

    Occupational Therapist (OT)

    Aimee is a fully registered occupational therapist, with a special interest area in paediatrics and mental health. She is experienced in the assessment and intervention … View Profile

    As a basic definition an OT looks at what 'occupies' a persons time, what their 'occupations' are. For example:

    • For a child, this may include playing, learning, self care skills, socialisation etc.
    • For an adult, this may include paid work, relationships, physical functioning, daily routines etc.
    • For an elderly person, this may include more leisure time, personal health, community access, access in the home etc.

    If there is dysfunciton in any of these areas, an OT can help a person achieve day to day living skills in a meaningful way. OT's work very closesly with other allied health professionals to ensure a holistic approach to each patient.

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