Taken from Allied Health Professions Australia, “Occupational therapists focus on promoting health and wellbeing by enabling people to participate in the everyday occupations of life, such as self-care activities including showering, dressing, preparing food; productive activities such as education, work, volunteering and caring for others; and leisure/social activities, such as being part of a community group, engaging in a hobby, and being part of a friendship group. Occupational therapists play a particularly crucial role in enabling people experiencing disability to identify and implement methods that support their participation in occupations. This may include modifying an activity or an environment.”
Occupational Therapists (OTs) must complete a 4 year undergraduate degree at a recognised university to work under this title. OT’s employed at Stepping Stones also require to be registered members of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA - which ensures that they uphold their code of ethics and demonstrate continued learning in the area), and be approved to work according to Medicare and Private Health standards. Finally, all staff are required to obtain Criminal History clearances and Working with Children checks.
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