What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy involves understanding the tasks that you are complete each day. An Occupational Therapist will optimise your participation in activities despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning. This can occur through:
Home modifications e.g. rails, ramps
Equipment prescription e.g. shower chair, toileting aids
Paediatric therapy services
This can be achieved by enhancing the skills required to perform tasks, modifying your current environment to increase independence or safety and altering components of the task.
Our Occupational Therapist can help people of all ages with disabilities and limitations:
- Stroke recovery
- Cerebral palsy
- Pre/post surgery
- Developmental delays or concerns
- Spinal cord injury
- Home based services
We are happy to come to you for your treatment.
We understand that some conditions restrict mobility or make it difficult for patients to leave their home. At Mitchell Physiotherapy our Occupational Therapist can provide home visits.
We offer home visits on a regular and flexible basis for individual therapy, initial assessment, or we can visit you perform a single visit to assist in the set up of home management strategies or equipment in your environment.
School based services
School-based services involves our Occupational Therapist attending day-cares, pre-schools, primary or high schools to provide, assessment, consultation, observation, and team collaboration with staff, families and children.
The Occupational Therapist is able to educate staff that work directly with the child, as well as the child, in the school environment. This ensures a holistic approach and an effective Occupational Therapy program is received by the child where they need it.
Enhanced primary care plan
If your GP has provided you with up to 5 occupational therapy consults as part of your Enhanced Primary Care plan, you are entitled to a Medicare rebate on part of your consult fee. You will need to pay for the consultation in full on the day and we can put the rebate back onto your cheque or savings account. Alternatively, you can take your receipt to Medicare and they will rebate you, or you can claim online via the relevant Medicare portal. Please be sure to bring your GP referral along with you when you attend our clinic so that we can process this for you.
CTP motor vehicle accident claims
Our Occupational Therapist can facilitate your re-engagement in meaningful daily activities from any Compulsory Third Party motor vehicle accident claims. Please bring your GP referral and current acceptance of insurer liability specific for occupational therapy, and if all details are correct, we can invoice the insurer directly for your care.
Aches and Pains
Aches and pains are a common downside to the ageing process. If you find that you are restricted in your activity engagement due to pain then our occupational therapist can perform an activity analysis to advise any modifications or equipment aids that may make the task easier and safer.
These consults are best conducted in the environment in which the activity is being performed, whether at home or out in the community. Our occupational therapist can travel to you to meet your support needs.
Aged Care Occupational Therapy
Mitchell Physiotherapy’s Occupational Therapist can provide services to local aged care facilities. We offer first class professional assessment and treatment programs. If you are involved with an aged care facility and think that our service can assist your valued residents well-being please contact us.
Department of Veterans Affairs
We can provide treatments for Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) Gold card patients, and for approved areas on a DVA White Card. Please ensure that you bring a current DVA referral from your GP when you attend our clinic.
Hand therapy is the specific treatment and management of hand injuries, both without surgical intervention and after surgery.
How we can help;
Hand therapy is a specialised form of occupational therapy. We often use splints to rest the hand. Scar management is very important as the hand is small and joints and tendons are very close together.
Hand therapy is a standard consultation which takes approximately 30 minutes.
Registered NDIS Provider
Mitchell Physiotherapy is a Registered NDIS Provider.
Our therapists are warm, welcoming and are especially focused on communication, care and understanding in the pursuit of your goals. The National Disability Insurance Scheme was developed to provide long term care, and our health care professionals share the same goal.
We have a team of highly trained Physiotherapists and an Occupational Therapist.
We provide home or in clinic visits depending on what is the most comfortable or suitable for you and your family, we will happily oblige to meet your needs.
Stroke survivors face multiple challenges, such as weakness, changes in cognitive function and reduces participation in meaningful activities. Occupational therapy is important to address these challenges at all stages during the rehabilitation process.
An occupational therapist may look at:
Management of self-care skills and adapting tasks or environments, including the use of adaptive equipment to safely and independently perform activities of daily living.
Implementing strategies to manage ongoing deficits such as weakness, sensory loss, and cognitive impairments that limit engagement in daily life.
Training in community reintegration and modifying tasks or environments.
Developing strategies to overcome barriers to sexual intimacy.
Addressing any loss of independence in meaningful or required activities (such as work) and modifying the task to reach your goals.
Occupational therapy intervention can help children with various needs. We can determine the childs concerns and work closely with them to improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills while enhancing their self-esteem and confidence.
Occupational therapists can evaluate a child’s skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities compared with what is developmentally appropriate for the child’s age. This assessment is preformed by observing the child in their home, school and surrounding environment that may impact on development.
- sensory processing disorders
- traumatic injuries
- learning difficulties
- behavioral difficulties
- orthopaedic injuries
- developmental delays
- post-surgical conditions
- spina bifida
- cerebral palsy
If you are planning on having surgery and know that you will be restricted in movement when you return home, our Occupational Therapist can recommend equipment or modifications that will facilitate your recovery at home.
Common surgeries that may inhibit your independence at home:
- Knee replacement
- Hip replacement
- Shoulder surgery
- Back/ spinal surgery
- Post-Surgical Assessment
If you have been discharged home following surgery and find that your independence is restricted our Occupational Therapist can help. We are happy to visit you in your home if accessing the clinic is difficult. This way we can assess your home environment and complete a task analysis to determine whether there are assistive devices or modifications that will increase your safety and independence with daily activities.
Training and Education
Our Occupational Therapist can tailor an in service to meet your specific need, in terms of age range, parent or professional to suit any environment.
Our Occupational Therapist can present on a wide range of topics related to child development, and other areas of interest. School Readiness is one of our keen areas of interest and informative presentations.
For more information or to book an appointment, you can contact us on 02 4933 6895.