About Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapist Knoxfield


Our practice is situated in Olinda, only a short trip from Knoxfield and we invite you to consult with us…we won’t let you down!

What is Occupational Therapy?

O.T. Australia describes Occupational Therapy (O.T), as having the primary goal of ‘enabling people to participate in activities of everyday life’.

O.T as a profession has the core belief that a person’s ability to engage in meaningful activities is essential for health and well-being.

At Strive OT, we work with individuals and their families within the community to achieve client centred goals. This can involve anything from gaining independence with personal care through to independence at work or study. Strive OT provides services for the adult population, or those aged 16 years plus.

Therapy Approaches

At Strive OT, we pride ourselves on providing a professional service with positive outcomes for all.  Our service is largely community based, with our therapists conducting home visits or other community based therapy.  We focus on equipment prescription, home modifications for safety and independence, work-station set-up, altering work practises and providing education and training where necessary.

Types of problems we help with?

We help clients regain or enhance their independence after injury/dysfunction.  Conditions we can help with include:

  • Orthopaedic injuries (e.g. total hip replacement)
  • Musculoskeletal dysfunction (e.g. back or neck pain)
  • Neurological impairment (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, stroke etc.)
  • Frail aged (e.g. decline in mobility, history of falls etc.)
  • Chronic pain (e.g. fibromyalgia, chronic back pain)

Typical referrals we may receive include:

Conduct home visit for falls prevention and to maximize safety and independence. This includes equipment prescription and home modifications.

Assess home work-station set-up

Assess home seating and bedding to address chronic/acute back pain

Provide home rehab to improve functional independence with personal care and domestic tasks post injury

Provide community rehab to improve independence in the use of public transport, shopping, community mobility

Provide education and training in pain management, use of correct body mechanics in activities of daily living, energy efficiency.

 Areas we cover:

At Strive OT, we cover outer eastern Melbourne (Ringwood, Lilydale, Mooroolbark, Ferntree Gully, Kilsyth, Boronia, Montrose etc.), The Dandenong Ranges (Olinda, Mt Dandenong, Kallista, Monbulk, Tecoma, Upwey etc), The Warburton Ranges (Wandin, Yarra Junction, Seville, Wesburn, Silvan etc) and the Yarra Valley (Coldstream, Yarra Glen, Healesville etc).

Our referrals come from GP clinics, case managers, rehabilitation centres, hospitals, other allied health professionals, funding bodies such as DVA (Homefront and RAP), RDNS, TAC, VWA and private referrals.