Viewing people as having three main occupations (leisure, work, and self-care), occupational therapists help their patients develop skills or cope with injury or disability so they are able to properly enjoy these three facets of life. Examples of their work include:
Helping patients achieve fine motor skills
Setting tasks to improve hand-eye coordination
Investigating and implementing changes in their patients physical environments to be better suited to their needs
Involving and educating the community and carers around the patients to enable a strong support network
Assessing the individual needs of patients
Looking at a patients’ work life, helping their ability to function as an employee, and helping their employers make any necessary adjustments
To become an occupational therapist you need an undergraduate or masters’ degree in occupational therapy. You can apply for courses at every major university across Australia. As the field is a health science, professionals in this field should strive to keep up to date with the latest studies and discoveries, as well as continually undergo professional development in order to best see to their patients’ needs.