Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to rehabilitate after injury or illness. Rehabilitation areas that occupational therapists work in include:

  • Helping people regain or enhance participation in the occupations of everyday life after specific events such as a hip replacement, spinal injury or stroke, or within a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis
  • Assessing and modifying homes and community environments to improve their safety and independence
  • Prescribing and educating clients and carers in the use of adaptive equipment to assist participation
  • Manufacturing or providing splints after hand or upper limb injury
  • Ergonomic assessment and modification in the home, workplace or community
  • As occupational therapists work with people with both physical and mental health needs, occupational therapists are well placed to provide a holistic approach that takes into account emotional wellbeing as well as physical needs when working with people after injury or illness