Occupational Therapists work in a number of the Community Specialist Clinics at Monash Health, as an integral part of the multidisciplinary/inter professional teams.
The Occupational Therapist in each of the teams uniquely considers the health, physical, psychosocial, vocational and educational needs of the individual in the context of the team specialisation.
Outpatient and home based Occupational Therapy assessment and interventions for persons diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Multisystems Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, and other related movement disorders. These interventions assist the client (and their carers) to maximise quality of life across the duration of the disease, enabling participation in self-care, work and leisure tasks that bring meaning to the individual’s life.
The Movement Disorders Program is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence through the Parkinson’s Foundation (US).
Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service (CDAMS)
The occupational therapist takes a comprehensive history from the families and care givers of persons experiencing cognitive decline, which assists with diagnosis. The occupational therapist is uniquely placed to assess the impact of the client’s cognitive decline on their occupational performance and make recommendations about appropriate support services.
The occupational therapist provides education, comprehensive assessment, intervention and rehabilitation for persons experiencing persistent pain. Intervention is provided 1:1 and in group settings, with occupational therapy interventions focused on strategies to manage pain (including desensitisation therapy), reducing the impact of pain on occupational performance and enabling engagement in meaningful occupation for the individual. More information here.
Young Adults Transition Service (YATS)
The young adult transition service transitions young adults between 16-25 years of age who have a complex medical needs and/or developmental disability from the paediatric medical system to the adult medical system. The occupational therapist is involved with assistive technology equipment prescription that is focused on self-care, domestic and community based activities. The occupational therapist in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team assesses muscle tone and is involved in the recommendations regarding spasticity management, seating and wheelchair prescription.
Falls & Balance
The occupational therapist provides in home assessment for clients experiencing issues with falls, balance and dizziness affecting their mobility. They work with the multidisciplinary team to provide recommendations to the client to minimise their falls risk, with particular focus on environmental adaptation for improved occupational participation.
Note: The occupational therapist provides one-off home assessments only as a part of the diagnostic procedure.
For further information
For further information about individual specialist clinics, please search for the name of the service on the Monash Health services page.