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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Was thinking about NLP and living by “truths” and came across this list of 15 Assumptions to live by. No whether they are actually True or not is irelevent….if you believe them to be true then they will shape your life in that fashion. The power of positive thinking 🙂

The Belle Jar

1. Assume that you are loved.

2. Assume that those who love you find some kind of value in you and the things you do.

3. Assume, however, that you don’t need to be valuable in order to be worthy of love.

4. Assume that there is no one out there keeping a tally of all of your failings, ready to throw it in your face when you’re either feeling too good or too awful about yourself.

5. Assume that if anyone actually is keeping a tally of all your failings, that act says more about them than it does about you.

6. Assume that you can’t make all of the people happy all of the time; maybe not even some of the people some of the time.

7. Assume that you will, over the course of your life, sometimes anger or disappoint the people you love.

8. Assume that…

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a fantastic student insight into recovery from Louise Hesketh and a fantastic new blog that everyone should keep an eye on 🙂

my occupational therapy journey


As part of my recent adventure into using social media for professional development I have become a tweeter (@LouiseHeskethOT). Yesterday a fellow tweeter (@WayofRecovery) wrote ‘Some fear that promoting hope of recovery for everyone with severe mental illness is false unrealistic and colludes with denial of illness’. I replied to this with ‘it depends how people understand recovery, as I understand it it doesn’t mean cure’.

This got me thinking about a recent placement I went on in mental health and the clients I had met who were so full of hopelessness that they will ever be able to live the life that they want to because of their mental illness. They basically had come to accept that schizophrenia/depression/anxiety/personality disorder/obsessive compulsive disorder was the card that they had been dealt in life and therefore had resigned them-self to the role of a sick person who will never be able to engage in…

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