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Occupational therapists help people to overcome various limitations so that they can live more independent lives. They work in many environments including schools, nursing homes, hospitals and workplaces.

Services provided

  • Evaluation – the abilities of the person are assessed in the context of their work, school, home,leisure, general lifestyle and family situation
  • Consultation – having made an assessment, the occupational therapist then consults with the person, other professionals and family members who may be closely involved, to develop a treatment program
  • Treatment – this may take place in a clinic, hospital ward, residential care centre or at the person’s home, school or workplace


Appointments may be made directly without a doctor’s referral.
Your doctor or other health professional may also refer you to an occupational therapist.

How to access

Go to Occupational Therapy Australia to find an occupational therapist near you.


Occupational therapist services may be partly or fully covered by Medicare.

Occupational therapists fees are covered by some private health funds, but the amount will depend on your insurance policy. Contact your insurer for more information.



Conventional healthcare


Regulated by the Australian Health PractitionerAgency (AHPRA)


Occupational therapists must be registered through the Australian Health Practitioner RegulationAgency (AHPRA), with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Minimum qualifications

The minimum education requirement for occupational therapists is an undergraduate or master’sentry-level course in occupational therapy.


  • Many people with mental or emotional difficulties can live independent lives with help from an occupational therapist and other healthcare providers.
  • Write down a list of questions to ask while you’re there.