Occupational therapists provide services to people whose ability to cope with everyday life is impaired by developmental deficits, the ageing process, physical injury, psychological or social disability.
An occupational therapist works with clients to identify problem areas, assess a client's abilities, interests and lifestyle, and then to plan appropriate treatment. Clients may be individuals or groups of people whose functional abilities are affected or at risk of limitation.
Treatment may include providing activities to encourage development of physical and perceptual abilities, recommending equipment and/or environmental modifications to help individuals become more efficient and independent with daily activities, counselling, and group work to develop skills when psychological or social problems are interfering with function.
Southern Cross University is the first to offer a degree in occupational therapy in the Tweed Gold Coast region, providing specialised training in an area that is showing increasing demand for qualified professionals.
Our Bachelor of Occupational Therapy has been developed in consultation with occupational therapy professionals and other relevant stakeholders, including Occupational Therapy Australia. The degree has received full accreditation from Occupational Therapy Australia and the Occupational Therapy Council, and is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates of accredited occupational therapy programs are eligible for national registration, which was introduced in July, 2012. Graduates are also eligible for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia.
Updated: 06 November 2012