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Occupational Therapist

Provide personal care, emotional support and physical assistance to help people live their lives as independently as possible
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What's it like to be an Occupational Therapist?

As an Occupational Therapist (OT) your primary goal is to help people carry out daily tasks independently. You may work in hospitals, workplaces, schools, nursing homes, private clinics or private homes.

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Occupational Therapists focus on providing personal care for individuals (such as bathing, dressing, preparing food), aiding their productivity (including assisting them at work, in volunteer work or at school), and supporting them with leisure activities (such as involvement in sports, art or music). The OT works in consultation with each of their clients to address their goals and provide assistance where necessary.

OTs tend to focus on tasks that will alleviate physical discomfort and promote social connectedness, independence, emotional wellbeing and general health for their clients.

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How to become an Occupational Therapist


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To become an Occupational Therapist in Australia, you must complete an approved degree in occupational therapy.

  1. Consider preparing for a career in occupational therapy by completing a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy) (HLT43015).
  2. Complete a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. This generally takes 4 years of full-time study.
  3. Alternatively, if you have already completed an undergraduate degree, complete a masters degree in occupational therapy. This generally takes 2 years of full-time study. Some institutions may require you to have completed set prerequisite subjects in your undergraduate degree.
  4. Gain work experience. Examples of relevant experience include working as a nanny for a child with special needs, or working at a summer camp for people with disabilities.
  5. Register with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia and meet the Board's registration standards in order to practise in Australia.

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Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

This degree develops skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career as an Occupational Therapist.

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Bachelor of Health Science

This degree prepares you for a career in the health industry. There may also be an option to specialise in an area of interest.
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Master of Occupational Therapy

This qualification provides a pathway into a role as an Occupational Therapist if you already hold a Bachelor degree.

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Latest Occupational Therapist reviews

Latest reviews from 47 Occupational Therapists surveyed on SEEK
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Nov 2018
OT is very rewarding. If you can think of an industry or sector you could find an OT working there.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Paediatrics
The good things
If you are someone who loves to help people, if you are practical, enjoy problem solving, and experience huge satisfaction from empowering others then Occupational Therapy is the field for you. I find...
The challenges
Some challenges are the time constraints and sometimes feeling like you might not have enough time in the day or week to give your best care to the client/patient. This is a challenge and confronts yo...
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May 2021
OT is a very challenging carer but helping someone be more independent makes it all worth it.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Disability NDIS
The good things
Make a difference in people's lives. By implementing AT, Mods, or therapy you can help a client go from being reliant on others to having more independence in their daily life.
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Loss of clients Pressures of working in NDIS - need to justify everything and can not be wholistic. Constant problem solving
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