ABC’s Mental As campagne

ABC’s Mental As campagne

This year the Australian Broadcasting Commission which opperates across mediums such as TV and Radio adopted an umprella campaign for Mental Health week. “Mental As.”

Mental As was an initiative held during Mental Health Week from October 4–11 2015, with programming across TV, radio and online focused on mental illness, health and wellbeing.

Take the time to have a look through the link below and check out some of the amazing content that was broadcast across the nation of Australia.

It Is Not About “Function”

A brilliant insight into the real power and focus of Occupational Therapy by OT, Frances Worster.

The Vandellous

Is it about the degrees of motion in your shoulder? That you can flex your wrist against gravity? Do you pronate or supinate to grasp and manipulate objects?


It’s Not About the Shoelaces: An Occupation as Site of Conflict

A young man with Cerebral Palsy, shortly to be transitioning into adulthood. He and his parents have one Occupational Therapy goal: for him to tie his shoelaces independently.

Functionally, he has all of the components: fine motor dexterity and requisite upper limb skills, cognitive skills, visual skills – with effort and concentration, he could do it. He could tie his tie, a half-windsor, with no problem. Bottom-up, there was no reason he could not tie his laces. Analysing his attempts, his sequencing was off, and he could not replicate my instructions. He had the component skills and the idea of making loops and tying knots. But, something else was going on…I needed to step back.

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Seeing the BIG potential of occupational therapy

my occupational therapy journey


I can’t quite believe it is twelve months since my last post, I feel sad that I have not found the time to write more because lots has happened on my occupational therapy journey that I would like to share on here.

I have volunteered on a project that aimed to use occupational therapy to address the needs of carers, I presented at the College of Occupational Therapist’s annual conference in Glasgow, started working as clinical support on a psychiatric ward and have been on a role emerging placement working with the homeless population.

I am now in my final few months of my degree so not long until I have my OT ‘wings’… I’m just trying to work out where these wings will take me for my first post… mental health or physical health setting? Community or inpatient? National Health Service, Social services,private sector or third sector? The variety…

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The Kawa (river) model of occupational therapy

A fantastic Blog post explaining the Kawa Model and its use in easy to understand language.

The OT process

As promised, a post about the Kawa model, because I love it so.  Now, I’m not going to be all technical about it. I want this post to appeal to service users, students, prospective students, and OT’s alike. I also think that an OT should always be armed with client friendly definitions of occupational concepts to be able to explain it easily to service users.

When we talk about OT models, all this means is a structure or framework of working with a client. This helps OT’s to get the information they need, understand what the occupational issues are, and then decide what interventions they are going to do for that person. OK, it can be more complicated than that, but that’s for text books and journals to discuss. I just want to tell you about the Kawa (river) model, before The Apprentice is on.

The Kawa (river) model has…

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