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.

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, Occupational Therapy, Hand Therapy and Equipment Services

Sarah Brown
0404 031 028

Manager, Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy

Dandenong and Casey Hospital
Susan Fone
0428 691 940

Manager, Occupational Therapy

Kingston Centre
Jacqui Salway
0434 666 918

Manager, Occupational Therapy

MMC Clayton and Moorabbin Hospital
Amber O’Brien
0410 529 817

Manager, Equipment Services

Kate McDavitt
0434 756 904

Discipline Senior Occupational Therapy

Adult Mental Health Program
Nita Mahbubani
0427 103 416

Discipline Senior Occupational Therapy

Early in Life Mental Health Service
Heather Davey
0408 348 425

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