Occupational Therapists on the Gold Coast

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Finding an Occupational Therapist Gold Coast 

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What exactly is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy covers a range of activities, all of which deal with what occupational therapists (OT) define as “occupations.” These include, but are not limited to, taking care of yourself and others, working and participating in social events and hobbies. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in everyday life events.

OTs work with people of all ages and deal with numerous health conditions. Notably, they have proven to be of invaluable help to people who need to manage diabetes. Namely, diabetes calls for a completely new lifestyle that requires a well-managed diet and regular exercise.

Because occupational therapy covers a range of varying activities depending on the branch, patients’ condition and other factors, it is often difficult to define it definitely. However, what all OTs have in common is their approach. Occupational therapy is a patient-centred health occupation that starts with assessment.

The first visit to an OT begins with you explaining what occupations you find important, followed by any potential issues you’re facing while performing them. OT will then devise a plan on how you could best participate in the occupations while eliminating the issues. Sometimes an OT will help you understand how to improve your personal skills; at other times, they will help you adjust the occupation to the environment (or vice versa).

If you are a healthy person, you should find OTs’ advice fairly easy to follow through. Some OTs work with people with chronic health conditions, such as are cancer, arthritis and diabetes. As a rule, chronic conditions call for a personalised dietary plan and specifically designed set of exercises. For such purposes, OTs work in collaboration with dietitians and psychotherapists.

What is a dietitian?

A dietitian is a professional who provides expertise on a healthy diet, designs custom dietary plans and provides medical advice. Note that the latter is the key difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist. While both professions deal with food, a nutritionist only helps with a diet and may recommend alternative approaches to accompany it (e.g., herbalism).

Accredited dietitians in Australia hold a credential (the APD) issued by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), while the body regulating nutritionists’ credentials is the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). The NSA recognises three categories of nutritionists: Registered Nutritionist, Associate Nutritionist and Registered Public Health Nutritionist.  

Just like OTs, dietitians also help people with health conditions manage their everyday diet and prevent potential complications. This is performed by a range of activities, starting with education and drafting personalised plans.

In case of this category of patients, it is OTs’ job to come up with solutions on how to change the environment to suit patients’ needs. In some cases, the patient will also need to find a new way to perform their everyday activities, and here, also, an OT steps in. OTs may also prescribe therapy equipment and necessary devices to help the patient perform their everyday activities.

Where can OTs be found?

Given that occupational therapy deals with people of all ages, it is common to find an OT working with children, in acute care, in the NDIS, in injury prevention and management, in rehabilitations facilities, in mental care facilities and age care facilities, to name a few examples.

Depending on their specialisation, an OT may deal with numerous occupations, such as are everyday activities (dressing, showering, etc.), work, leisure and play activities, household functions (driving, shopping, home maintenance, etc.), education (all kinds of activities that help the patient participate in a learning environment) and social participation (positive interaction with other community participants).

Occupational Therapy for children 

Children’s occupations centre on playing. OTs work with children of any condition that affects their ability to perform everyday activities. These include: getting dressed, going to school, eating, making friends and participating in social activities of all kinds.

OTs working with children deal with a number of conditions, including: neurological, orthopaedic, surgical, acute medical, developmental disabilities, sensory issues, attention issues and physical disabilities.

Occupational therapy for children is different in that the OT works in collaboration with the parents on top of with the child. Often, they consult the child’s doctor or teacher, depending on the condition being treated.   

Children OTs work on reaching multiple goals, such as:

  • Helping children develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination

  • Helping children with developmental disabilities and delays learn everyday tasks

  • Helping children with behavioural issues achieve a positive behaviour in all kinds of situations

  • Educating parents on how to help their child achieve the milestones

Acute care and mental health 

OTs often work in hospitals, where they help post-surgery and acute mental health patients manage their everyday activities. Acute OTs, in particular, assess patients’ cognition and psychosocial needs and monitor their progress. 

OTs in mental health design and implement individual and group activities to help the patient participate in everyday activities.

Regardless of their field of expertise, OTs help their patients develop skills to lead satisfactory and independent lives, deal with stress and emotionally challenging situations, cope with difficult life-changing situations, develop communication skills and participate in communal activities and structure their everyday lives.

How to choose occupational therapist Gold Coast

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