Aim to provide a high quality, client centred service embedded in occupation based practice, which enables people to participate in their meaningful life roles.
Occupations are things we do that give meaning to our lives, support life roles and help make us who we are. Occupational Therapists help people participate in their daily roles and occupations to the best of their abilities. At Western Health we work across the continuum of care to promote health, wellbeing, and purpose through occupations.
Within Western Health Service there are more than 80 Occupational Therapy staff employed – including Occupational Therapists and Allied Health Assistants.
The Occupational Therapy service is led by the Occupational Therapy Manager, and supported by the senior leadership team (comprising of Grade 3 and 4 OT staff).
The Occupational Therapy department places a strong emphasis on supervision and professional development, with a comprehensive supervision process in place for all staff.
A number of different committees exist to ensure the successful functioning of the Occupational Therapy department including the Quality and Research, Profile and Culture and Education and Training committees.
Grade One staff, and particularly new graduates, are expected to attend the New Graduate Forums, which are co-ordinated by the Allied Health Professional Development Committee and run throughout the year.
The following quality improvement and research projects are being completed within Western Health Occupational Therapy:
Implementing a best practice occupation based approach for the therapeutic management of flexor tendon injuries
Evaluating the effectiveness of a strategy to support the use of evidence based education for Occupational Therapy clinician education
Evaluating client centred occupation based practice in the Occupational Therapy Service at Western Health
Exploring orientation practices within Occupational Therapy Neuroscience rotation
Use of the Home Assessment Profile for an outcome measure in aged care
Best practice in the use of smart technology in Occupational Therapy Practice
24 hour Rehabilitation: an exploratory study investigatory patient engagement in exercise and occupations on the Sunshine Rehabilitation Ward.
The following research projects are being completed in partnership:
Use of the Personal Care-Participation Assessment and Resource Tool (PC-PART) during home assessments in sub-acute health settings.
The experiences of an occupational therapy leadership group in public health practice: a preliminary study
Translating Neurorehabilitation Research into Clinical Practical: The SENSe Implement Project
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