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UniSC Occupational Therapy Clinic

The UniSC Living Well Occupational Therapy Student Clinic * is a training clinic for undergraduate occupational therapy students. The clinic provides Occupational therapy programs to the Sunshine Coast community at no cost. The clinics focus is delivering client centred care through programs that focus on achieving independence and active living goals.

Students and staff are committed to assisting clients to achieve their individual goals. Individual personal and medical circumstances are carefully considered during the assessment and intervention planning process.

* The UniSC Occupational Therapy Living Well Student Clinic is not currently accepting paediatric referrals, please check back regularly for clinic pathway developments.

You can request services at the UniSC Living Well Occupational Therapy Student Clinic by completing the online form.

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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy supports people to achieve participation in the activities they find meaningful. These activities include taking care of yourself/others, work, volunteering, and hobbies / social engagement. Occupational therapy involves  assessment to understand what activities you can currently participate in, what activities you would like to participate in, any current limitations and your goals. Occupational therapy services can then offer advice/techniques about how to do something more easily, efficiently and safely.

How does the Occupational Therapy Student Clinic work?

Clients will be able to access the clinic through self referral or referral from healthcare providers following a review of the inclusion and exclusion criteria for the clinic type they are interested in participating in.

Clients will be offered:

  1. Initial individual assessment and information gathering consultation, 
  2. Group program (1 session per week) for 5-6 weeks 
  3. Final individual consultation to review goals and create a future plan.

Students will be providing services under the supervision of an AHPRA registered Occupational therapist.

What programs are available?

Living Well – Cancer (partnered with Bloomhill):

  1. Managing cancer related fatigue
  2. Managing brain fog and the cognitive impacts
  3. Return to work 

As with all occupational therapy student led programs each of these programs are delivered over 9 weeks with individual assessment at the start and completion of the program and a group program consisting of 1 session per week for 4-6 weeks at Bloomhill.

Living Well – Arthritis

The occupational therapy student led living well with arthritis program will provide individual needs assessment including goal setting followed by a group program. The group program will provide education on topics such as:

Managing pain, maximising your lifestyle with reduced hand function and/or reduced mobility as well as aids and equipment trials to support independence.

Other Clinic Types coming soon...

Please check back regularly for further clinic development

Students will be providing services under the supervision of an AHPRA registered Occupational therapist.

What to expect from the program?

Your occupational therapy program will typically involve an initial meeting with your occupational therapy student followed by 4-6 weekly group or individual therapy sessions. The entire program will be conducted within a 9 week timeframe.

Occupational Therapy assessments are conducted to determine your current level of function (involving identifying physical and cognitive areas of strength and weakness) within the identified aspects of your daily life that you are finding difficult. Each Occupational Therapy clinic model will focus on a specified condition and area of function in daily life and lifestyle tasks including; activities of daily living; leisure activities; productivity and work.

Through the assessment process the occupational therapist will discuss your current and desired lifestyle including; ability to achieve daily tasks, social supports, leisure and work. Our clinician will seek to understand you quality of life goals and aim to develop recommendations to improve your identified difficulties and achieve maximum independence and/or participation in your chosen life skill or task.

The therapy sessions will involve group and/or individual education and coaching including possible trials of aids and equipment. At the end of the therapy block you will be offered a final individual re-assessment and future planning session. You may stop your program at any time however, should you wish to stop your program we recommend discussing this decision with your student therapist if possible.

Who are the Occupational Therapy students?

Services are provided by students undertaking a 10 week clinical placement in 3rd and 4th years of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) program. All students work in the UniSC Occupational Therapy clinic under the supervision of experienced AHPRA registered occupational therapists.

How much does it cost to attend the Occupational Therapy program?

All appointments at the UniSC Living Well Occupational Therapy student clinic are offered free of charge.

Where do I go to attend my appointment?

The Living Well Occupational Therapy Student Clinic is located on the Ground Floor of Building J at the Sunshine Coast Campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. When appointments are confirmed, the UniSC Clinic Administration team will arrange parking for you.

The UniSC Transport Hub has public transport access located next door to the Clinic, adjacent to car park 8.

Visit UniSC Public Transport to plan your journey.

How do I join the program?

You can request services at the UniSC Living Well Occupational Therapy Student Clinic by completing by completing the online form.

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