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Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists help clients to engage independently and safely in meaningful activities of daily life, from showering and dressing to shopping and social activities.

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What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is concerned with the promotion of health and wellbeing through occupation. We see ‘occupation’ as anything that occupies your day and is meaningful to you; not just your job.

Our occupational therapists will work with you across multiple contexts to develop the necessary skills you need to engage in activities that are important to them.

This can be done through environmental modification, task adaptation, provision of assistive technology, and rehabilitation and retraining. Where necessary our occupational therapist will link in with other service providers to ensure the client’s needs are met, including our exercise physiologists at Brain x Body Fitness Studio, our counsellor and other external providers.

Our OTs can help with:

  • Personal activities of daily living including self-care, toileting, dressing and sleep
  • Motor and sensory development and rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Fatigue management
  • Cognitive skills development
  • Home assessment
  • Assistive technology prescription, including seating
  • Functional assessment
  • Chronic condition self-management
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Meet our OTs

Christian Burden

Christian Burden is the senior OT at THRFG Stroke. He received his Master of Occupational Therapy (GE) in 2018 following his undergraduate degree in Human Movement. Christian has a broad range of clinical experience in brain injury rehabilitation, Parkinson’s disease, mental health, dementia and paediatrics.

Christian Burden

Hannah Tavian

Hannah Tavian graduated her Master of Occupational Therapy at Flinders University at the end of 2020, following the completion of her undergraduate degree in Human Movement.

Hannah joined the THRFG Stroke team after a brief period working in paediatrics. Hannah has prior experience working with people with neurological conditions through her placement experience on a hospital stroke ward.

Hannah Tavian

Kate Harris

Kate Harris is a qualified occupational therapist, having prior experience working with adults, families, adolescents and children within an outpatient and community setting.

Kate engages with clients to provide a range of comprehensive assessments and individualised interventions to support the achievement of client goals.

Kate Harris

Christian, Hannah and Kate are all registered occupational therapists with Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Referrals to our occupational therapists are simple and require the referral form below to be completed and sent to [email protected]. Self-referrals are accepted.

Client Details and Referral Form

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