Occupational Therapist Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau

Occupational therapists assess and treat people who have limited ability to carry out everyday activities because of illness, injury or circumstance. 

Occupational therapists need to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board.

Occupational therapists may do some or all of the following:

  • assess clients' abilities and help them gain or regain skills
  • plan and direct therapy treatment, including physical and social activities
  • recommend adaptations to equipment in environments such as home, work or motor vehicles 
  • advise clients on changes to their lifestyle to help them with daily activities
  • observe and report on clients' progress.

Physical Requirements

Occupational therapists need to be reasonably fit and healthy as they may have to help lift patients.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for occupational therapists includes:

  • working with children, the elderly or people with a disability
  • coaching and working with groups of people
  • first aid experience.

Personal Qualities

Occupational therapists need to be:

  • positive and encouraging
  • approachable, with good communication skills
  • skilled at report writing
  • analytical and observant
  • good problem solvers
  • good at time management.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for occupational therapists includes:

  • working with children, the elderly or people with a disability
  • coaching and working with groups of people
  • first aid experience.

Occupational Therapists can earn around $47K-$68K per year per year.

Occupational therapists may progress to work in management, teaching or research roles, or move into contract work as a workplace occupational health and safety adviser.

Occupational therapists can specialise in a specific area of health therapy, such as:

  • burn management
  • hearing
  • mental health and addictions
  • geriatrics (elderly people)
  • paediatrics (children).
Occupational Therapist

SchoolPoint by Inbox Design SCHOOLPOINT129, Rendered 0.99MB in 0.0535 seconds with 12 queries.

----