About Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a client-centred health profession, concerned with promoting health and well-being, through enhancement of occupational participation. You may see OT’s hard at work in your local hospital, school, private practice or aged care facility, assisting clients to attain skills required to excel in their desired occupation, or returning to full performance following an injury.

The concept was initially developed in the late 1700’s, where goal directed occupations were used by Philippe Pinel and Johann Reil to restore purposeful activity for clients seen within the mental health sector. In later times, staff rehabilitated injured soldiers in WWI, caring beyond wound repair and recapturing purposeful lives.  OT has undergone extensive evolution, becoming evidence based and internationally recognised by the World Health Organisation, with it now being practiced across a realm of treatment demographics.