What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy enables people to participate in the activities they find meaningful activities. These activities include taking care of oneself (and others), working, volunteering, and participating in hobbies, interests and social events.

What is an occupation?

In occupational therapy, occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do (WFOT – World Federation of Occupational Therapists).

How can I find an occupational therapist?

OTA’s Find an OT directory lists over 3,000 occupational therapists working in private practice settings throughout Australia. Simply use the filters to refine your search by location, area of expertise or funding scheme. Browse the directory here: https://www.otaus.com.au/find-an-ot

How much does an occupational therapist cost?

Occupational therapists work in both private practices and for public organisations (such as hospitals). As rates vary therapist to therapist, consumers are encouraged to make contact and discuss costs with their therapist before engaging their services. Many occupational therapists work under various government funding schemes, including DVA, Medicare and the NDIS.  Please talk to your doctor if you need to be referred through these schemes.

What should I expect when working with an occupational therapist?

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what activities you can do (and those you want to do). Together, you and your occupational therapist will discuss any current limitations, your goals/motivations and they may also offer advice/techniques about how to do something more easily and safely.

Where do occupational therapists work?

Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan in a range of settings. This includes hospitals, rehabilitation centres, private practices, aged care facilities, schools, community health centres and government organisations.

How do I become an occupational therapist?

To work as an occupational therapists you will need to complete a university degree. You can find out more about studying occupational therapy on our education page or contacting the universities directly.

I am a overseas trained occupational therapist, how can I work in Australia?

All occupational therapists who want to work in Australia must be registered with AHPRA. Visit OTA’s Working in Australia page for more information on this process.