Mental Health Occupational Therapy

CoCreate Occupational Therapy provides specialist mental health occupational therapy services that are holistic, person-centred and tailored to the individual. Our clinicians have extensive experience in working with people living with a range of complex mental health conditions. We can assist with developing positive habits and routines, strategies to cope with life's challenges, sensory modulation therapy, providing psycho-education and support client's through life transitions.

Functional Capacity Assessments

A Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA) is a comprehensive form of assessment undertaken by occupational therapists to establish a client's level of functioning, current capabilities and degree of independence in various life and work roles. The assessment is usually undertaken in a client's home and can involve interviews with the client and significant others, the completion of validated assessment tools and a review of the environment.

The goal of the FCA is to establish what a client's current abilities are, what barriers they experience across self care tasks, mobility, access and participation in the community and other important roles. Based on the assessment, the therapist will make recommendations on the types of supports the client may need to acheive greater independence.

An FCA typically takes 12 hours to complete (inclusive of report writing, necessary communication with stakeholders and researching customised options for the client).

Supported Independent Living

Supported independent living (SIL) is one type of support that can help participants with higher support needs (more than six hours per day) live independently in their home. SIL supports can include help or supervision with daily tasks, like personal care or cooking meals. It helps you live as independently as possible, while building your skills.

A SIL assessment completed by one of our OTs will include one or more visits to the participant's residence (this can be SDA or non-SDA accommodation), interviews with the participant and key stakeholders, and a detailed review of their routines and current package of care supports. A comprehensive report will be developed that details the participant's daily routines, level of support needed across those activities (with a view towards skills development and independence) and recommendations for additional supports as necessary.

SIL Assessments typically take 20 hours to complete.

Specialist Disability Accommodation

SDA refers to specialist housing solutions that are purpose-built for participants with complex living needs such as extreme functional impairment or high support requirements.

An SDA assessment completed by one of our OTs will commence with an initial review of your situation against the NDIS SDA criteria to establish suitability. A comprehensive functional assessment will then be undertaken over one or more home visits, including a thorough review of your goals and current care supports. This will also include consultation with your support team and any health service providers you nominate. We will then prepare a comprehensive report with evidence based recommendations to support your submission to the NDIS.

SDA Assessments typically take 25 hours to complete.

Home Modifications

CoCreate Occupational Therapy offers home modification assessments for NDIS participants and as a standalone service (for instance with older clients looking to modify their home to reduce the risk of falls and to maintain independence). Home modification assessments involve reviewing an individual's current ability to access and negotiate their home environment and lead to recommendations (modifications and enhancements) to improve the safety and suitability of the home now and into the future.

Depending on the outcomes of the assessment, recommendations can span minor (simple kitchen or lighting modifications for example) through to complex changes (such as structural modifications). Our occupational therapists can liaise with architects, builders and project managers involved in your project to ensure functional goals are fully met.

Hours: Variable.