Occupational Therapy focuses on enabling people to live satisfying and meaningful lives by helping them participate in the occupations they want to do, need to do and are expected to do. The term occupation refers to activities of everyday life including self-care (bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding), household (cooking, cleaning, shopping), community involvement, work or study and leisure/ recreation pursuits.
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages with a variety of conditions caused by illness, injury, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of aging. Their goal is to assist individuals to improve their everyday functional abilities and enable independence, well being and quality of life. Occupational therapists help patients maximise function and enable participation in their own lives.
How do I become a Occupational Therapist?
There are many available courses that lead to this profession. Below is information about courses at Monash University.
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy