What is Occupational Therapy?

The focus of mOTivate is to support people to engage in the daily occupations they need and want to do such as work, volunteering, self-care, hobbies, social and community activities, household tasks and more.

The goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in the occupations of every day life to improve their health and wellbeing.  To learn more about Occupational Therapy visit the OT Australia website https://www.otaus.com.au

Occupational Therapy and mental health:

We know mental health problems can significantly impact on the experience of daily occupations. Some of the changes people experience are as follows:

  • Lowered motivation
  • Unpleasant emotions in relation to activity
  • Lack of opportunity to do things that are meaningful
  • Difficulty socialising
  • Changes in cognition/thinking

Occupational therapy aims to address the activity health needs of people living with mental health problems to work towards participating in the occupations that are meaningful and enjoyable to them.

We do this through assessments – interviews with you and your support network (family, friend, worker), occupational performance assessments (seeing you perform everyday activities), sensory modulation assessments and developing tailored therapy programs accordingly.

Therapist background:

Portrait Sarah

Sarah Cameron (Bachelor of Health Science: Occupational Therapy)

Sarah has worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 10 years in the Ballarat region across a range of healthcare settings. Her primary area of interest is in adult mental health. She has a passion for using our daily occupations/activities as a means of achieving positive health and wellbeing. Sarah works in a collaborative and person-centred manner with the aim of empowering people to achieve their goals.