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Getting back to doing what you love

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.

 St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital occupational therapy

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. 

Interested in occupational therapy? 

We offer both occupational therapy outpatient and casual appointments. 

Have a referral from your GP or Specialist? 

If you have a referral, please call to commence your outpatient rehabilitation program.
Tel: (03) 9788 3350

No referral?

Our casual occupational therapy appointments do not require a doctor referral and are available to anyone in the community, you do not need to have been a patient in our hospital. 
Complete an enquiry form or contact our Active Health and Wellbeing caregiver team to make an appointment.
Tel: (03) 9788 3331

St John of God Frankston Hospital allied health
Rivka George Occupational Therapist

About the Author

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.