Occupational Therapy in Geelong & Surrounds
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists focus on promoting health and wellbeing by enabling people to participate in everyday occupationals of like such as:
- productive activities such as education, work, volunteering and caring for others
- leisure/ social activities such as being part of a community group, engaging in a hobby or being part of a friendship group
- taking care of yourself or others
At GSOT we help to find ways to manage activities that you are having difficulty with as a result of a neurological or traumatic condition. We complete assessments and interventions based on:
- what activities can do and what activities you want to do
- what are the factors that are currently limiting your participation in these activities
- what are your goals and motivations
Depending on your goals, preferences and priorities we can assist with:
Have a question for the GSOT team?
Occupations are everyday tasks that include things people need to, want to and are expected to do. (WFOT – World Federation of Occupational Therapists). Examples of occupations may be taking care of yourself and / or others, working, community activities and hobbies. Within occupational therapy we work with you to set client centred goals based on your strengths and limitations and work with you to achieve these functional goals.
The amount of funding you need for occupational therapy depends on your goals and your individual situation. We will conduct an initial assessment and following the initial assessment we will complete a report with a therapy plan giving you an indication of funding required to achieve each goal. We will discuss the importance of each goal with you so we can prioritise your funding. We normally suggest that you have 5 hours of funding available for the initial assessment, travel and report writing.
This will depend on your private health insurance. Please discuss with your private health insurance provider. In addition to private health insurance you can visit your GP and obtain a Enhanced Primary Care “EPC” plan for 5 discounted OT sessions.
Our therapists will meet with you at your chosen location. This may be in your home, place of work, in the community or at our clinic location.
We will complete an initial assessment which involves discussing and assessing your current function, limitations and strengths of function and then work together to form an intervention plan to achieve these goals. We will complete a report so you have a list of these goals and associated action plans.
It’s often helpful to have others present for your initial assessment to help provide information, this may be family members, support workers, other health professionals or support coordinators.