How to become an occupational therapist

Support injured, ill or disabled patients by promoting health and wellbeing strategies for everyday living.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an undergraduate occupational therapy degree. A Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is the most direct pathway.
  2. If you have an undergraduate degree already, you can redirect your career by studying a Master of Occupational Therapy. Be mindful you may need to satisfy pre-requisite subjects to qualify for a master's degree.
  3. On completing your qualification, you'll need to apply for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia to be able to practice as a qualified occupational therapist.

What does an occupational therapist do?

Occupational Therapists assess, plan, and provide therapy to individuals whose daily functional levels are limited due to illness or disabilities. Occupational Therapists help to restore vocational, daily living and homemaking skills to enable individuals to function more independently in their environment.

Duties and tasks

  • Assess an individuals physical and mental abilities to determine realistic rehabilitation goals.
  • Assist individuals in finding and securing jobs.
  • Choose activities that will help individuals learn life-management skills.
  • Collaborate with other professionals regarding the overall case management of individuals.
  • Complete all necessary records.
  • Evaluate an individuals progress and prepares reports regarding progress and recommendations.
  • Provide adaptive equipment, such as an enlarged keyboard, to help individuals function more effectively in their home and work environment.

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