Occupational therapy

We promote health and wellbeing by facilitating participation in occupations that provide a rhythm and purpose in life.

In occupational therapy, occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life.

Occupations can be grouped into three broad categories:

  1. Leisure: for relaxation, play and enjoyment (e.g. craft, reading, sport, travel)
  2. Self-care: to remain active and independent in everyday lives (e.g. showering, cooking)
  3. Productivity: derive meaning through contributions (e.g. schoolwork, parenting, volunteering, employment)

To learn more about occupational therapy, watch this video by Occupational Therapy Australia.

Our services

At Monash Health, there are over 230 Occupational Therapists working in a wide variety of roles, providing services to our community. Our occupational therapists work across the continuum of care to promote health and wellbeing through occupations. Areas of practice include hand therapy, acute care, rehabilitation, mental health, community health and rehabilitation, pain management, disability services and quality and innovation. We work with patients and clients across the lifespan, from new-born services through to palliative care.

How do occupational therapists work?

In Australia, occupational therapists are registered allied health practitioners.  This means that they have met standards required by the Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Occupational therapists work with all members of the healthcare team including medical, nursing, and other allied health professionals, to deliver care that is based on the Monash Health values.

At Monash Health, occupational therapists work with patients across the life-span, with a variety of health needs and in many diverse settings. The process of working with a patient follows three general phases: assessment, planning and intervention.


  • initial and repeated
  • standardised procedures, interviews, observations
  • consultation with significant people


  • short and long-term goals
  • relevant to developmental stage, habits, roles, life-style preferences and the environment
  • collaboration with healthcare team


  • person-centred
  • goal focused
  • facilitate performance of everyday occupations
  • adaption of settings in which the person lives, works and socialises
  • advocacy and support

Contact information

Head of Profession

Sarah Brown
Occupational Therapy, Hand Therapy and Equipment Services
0404 031 028

Equipment Services

Kate McDavitt
0434 756 904

Kingston Centre

Jacqui Salway
Manager, Occupational Therapy
0434 666 918

MMC Clayton and Moorabbin Hospital

Amber O’Brien
Manager, Occupational Therapy
0410 529 817

Dandenong and Casey Hospital

Susan Fone
Manager, Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy
0428 691 940

Adult Mental Health Program

Nita Mahbubani
Discipline Senior Occupational Therapy
0427 103 416

Early in Life Mental Health Service

Melinda Hewitson
Discipline Senior Occupational Therapy
0456 848 921

Aged and Community Care Program

Maree Eastwood
Senior Clinician Occupational Therapist
0423 898 030

Community Rehabilitation

Kelly De Santis
Senior Occupational Therapist
0466 742 993