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Getting back to doing what you love

02 November 2017

Our Occupational Therapist Rivka George explains how getting occupational therapy treatment at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital can help you get back to doing all the things you love after illness, injury, medical condition or disability.


Occupational therapists play a huge role in helping you return to your everyday life and activities, either after you have been in hospital recovering from surgery, illness, injury or trauma, or to help you manage your condition or disability.

What is occupational therapy?

The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable you to participate in your activities of everyday life.

Occupational therapists work with you and your support network to enhance your ability to engage in the things that are important and meaningful to you. This could include getting back to work, hobbies or managing daily activities like tying your shoelace.

To help achieve this, they look at different techniques, which include educating you on how you might modify the activity slightly or by changing the environment to better support you and your needs.

What can occupational therapy offer me?

When you come to see one of our occupational therapists we offer:

  • a focus on regaining and enhancing your daily life following a deterioration in function caused by your injury or condition
  • client-centred care, focussed on working towards your goals
  • home assessments and recommendations for modification and equipment, to help improve your safety and independence in your home
  • education about how to modify activities to support your independence
  • advice on adaptive equipment to help you move and function at your best
  • driving assessment (if necessary)
  • specialist interventions for conditions such, cardiac and pulmonary care, persistent pain or for neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, as well as hand splinting and upper limb rehabilitation. 
St John of God Frankston Hospital allied health
Rivka George - Occupational Therapist
After graduating with honours in Occupational Therapy at Deakin University in 2009, Rivka George has worked for 7 years in adult rehabilitation at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital. Working as a Grade 2 therapist, across inpatient and outpatient, Rivka brings a variety of skills and interests to her work. This includes neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury and stroke, outpatient group education in chronic illness, falls prevention and oncology. She also has specialist training in driving assessments. Her portfolio includes home-based therapy and satellite services to our sister hospital in Berwick.