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Occupational Therapist Job Brisbane ( Neuro OT Wanted)

Occupational Therapist Job In Brisbane

Are You an OT With An Interest or Curiosity for Neurological Disorders? If So, You May Be Interested In This Role

Location: Brisbane, Work From Home,  In Clinic and in the Community ( Yes! Variety)

A casual – contract role with future.


Do you have community clinical experience, interested in or skilled in neurological occupational therapy?

New Graduates Welcomed To Apply!

Are You

  • A Proven Improver Of People’s Lives,
  • An Action Taker,
  • A Consistent Clinical Process Implementer,
  • A Warm Insightful Communicator With An Eye For Improvement and Opportunities? 

If so, OT Brisbane is looking for you.   

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Our mission is to help people expand their life through smart and innovative practices. We love helping people to boost their cognitive fitness and we value how it helps people live wholesome purposeful lives ………….ours included.

About Occupational Therapy Brisbane

It’s an expanding specialist private practice helping adults who experience neurological conditions to live better.  

We’re looking for someone, maybe like you, seeking clinical variety to grow their therapy skills to serve people who live with complex conditions such as acquired brain injury, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and stroke. .. Click here to read the rest

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Doing These? 8 Exercise Tips For Your Brain Health

Exercises improves blood flow to the brain. Helps your brain cells grow. Improves your immune system. Has “fasting” like health benefits, and helps improve your mental health.

No doubt about it, physical exercise is a winner for your brain health.

But are there brain protecting benefits and if so what’s the right exercises to help you support brain health for life?  

In this article we cover:

  • What we’ve learned about the brain and how it changes
  • The brain changing benefits of exercises
  • Lesson from 454 beautiful brains
  • Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment, does physical exercise help improve your brain function?
  • 8 exercise tips for your brain health
  • A little bit of ‘Extra Assistance’ is needed to cut your risk of Alzheimer’s (study finds)
  • What you can do for Memory Health For Life

Are You Missing the Brain Health Benefits By Not Exercising Right?

We’ve all seen the commercial  “Compare the Difference” 

It’s superannuation ad that compares two workers super funds.

One worker invests with a super fund the other invests in an “standard” super program. 

The proposed difference between the two is $100,000s across a person’s lifetime.… .. Click here to read the rest

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Are You Robust Or Efficient? PLUS September Stands for….?

There was a collapsing sigh. 

That letting go of tension, through sheer exhaustion.

You’re done with holding it all together.

Like a card tower, once the top card falls, it all comes down.

Does life feel more complicated?

With all the complexity of being and doing?

It is supposed to be simpler, yet, it is far from it, right?

Who’s with me on this? 

From making decisions to paying the bills on time, let alone dealing with a major health event.

It can all add up. 

I see/ hear this holding on, letting go sigh often.

Funny thing is my daughter has a sharp eye and she said – Dad you’re sighing a lot.

I’ve been pushing hard lately. 

Plate loaded, trying to create more value for my clients.

But I’m stretched. No doubt about – but who isn’t?

That isn’t an excuse – more so a “hey we all experience it – so let’s do something about it – together” 

I pulled a handbrake on it last week and I wanted to share with you what I did.… .. Click here to read the rest

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A 2 Step Process To Help You Get To Sleep When You Can’t

Tips to help you get to sleep when you can't

If you’re looking for help to get to sleep when you can’t, you’re not alone.

“I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick”…. Muhammad Ali

If you didn’t know he was a masterful boxer, you could be forgiven to think he also suffered from not being able to get to sleep.

In this article, part of our Global Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we look at

  • the neuroprotective benefits of sleep as well as
  • outline a simple 2 step process to help you get to sleep when you can’t

Setting Up For Sleep Takes Longer Than You Might Think

There’s a runway in Sao Paulo, Brasil.

In the middle of the city (almost).

18 million people you can appreciate there are high rises everywhere.

The pilot navigates the Boeing jet with its 100s of passengers around the concrete structures and has to “Stick it” on a perilously short runway.… .. Click here to read the rest

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NeuroNews: Just 2% Invest In Mental Health + How To Adapt Through Coronavirus Pandemic

In this OT NeuroNews the World Mental Health day is 30 years young and here’s why we need to invest in our mental health.

Plus, from a professor of education, how we can adapt in the coronavirus pandemic. A rich conversation of how adapting is tied to our wellbeing.

Just 2% Invest In Mental Health

According to the World Health Organisation Countries invest only 2% of their health budget on mental health.

That’s why this World Mental Health Day they are calling for action.

The scale of the matter is staggering when looking at the numbers.

Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. And now, billions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a further impact on people’s mental health.

World Health Organisaiton

It’s been 30 years since the first World Mental Health day and this year’s day heralds a real need to change this situation.… .. Click here to read the rest

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Coronavirus (COVID -19) OT Brisbane Practice Information For Patients

If you’re a patient of Occupational Therapy Brisbane and are either attending our clinic at Herston or you’re having a therapist visit you at your home please note this essential information with regards to COVID – 19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patient Alert

As part of our work to support our patients and the community, we’d like you to be aware of the current COVID-19 symptom and contact risks.

This includes…

Have you experienced  a fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath


Had contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having Coronavirus


Have travelled internationally or domestically (Victoria or NSW)  or within QLD Known COVID Cluster location in the last 14 Days;

If you have experienced any of the following prior to your appointment, please phone ahead and advise our reception staff before an OT attends your home or you present to our clinic.

What are the COVID- 19 Symptoms

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) compared with common cold and flu

According to QLD Health, the common symptoms of COVID-19 include

  • a fever (a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees),
  • a cough,
  • sore throat,
  • runny nose,
  • fatigue,
  • shortness of breath, loss of taste and loss of smell.
.. Click here to read the rest
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NeuroNews: Sleep and Your Stroke Recovery

How Sleep Problems Can Adversely Impact Recovery Following Stroke

The findings of a study published in Clinical Rehabilitation shows how sleep problems can impact patients up to 12 months after their stroke occured.  

There was a strong link between having problems with your sleep negatively impacting the “quality of life, function and participation” in those first 12 months of recovery. 

Sleep matters for your brain health, it is also super important for your stroke recovery. 

You can click here for the complete study on how good sleep impacts stroke recovery

Study Reference – Fulk G, Duncan P, Klingman KJ. Sleep problems worsen health-related quality of life and participation during the first 12 months of stroke rehabilitation [published online, June 30, 2020]. Clin Rehabil. doi:10.1177/0269215520935940

Limitations of the study: It was a self report study which poses some limitations about the study.

Long Term Stroke Recovery – How A Therapy Plan After Hospital Is Critical

What happens after the hospital? Most people will go to stroke rehab but then what?

This is the time most stroke survivors and their loved ones say ” Now what do we do- is that it?”… .. Click here to read the rest

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How You Can Overcome Parkinson’s Freezing Gait (Complete Guide)

If you’ve been living with Parkinson’s Disease for some time it’s likely you’ve experienced Freezing of Gait episodes.  

You see, 1 in 2 people living with PD are predicted to experience some form of Freezing of Gait. (Amboni, 2015

Not every client has asked us “What can I do stop Parkinson’s freezing gait?” 

But those people who do, for them, it’s a big concern. 

Freezing can be a massive life barrier and a major safety threat and we’d like to help you overcome this today.

In this complete guide you’ll learn:

  • Firstly, What are the Parkinson’s Freezing Gait Symptoms
  • What Is “Freezing Of Gait” or FoG In Parkinson’s Disease
  • Secondly, The Common Triggers or Causes of Freezing Of Gait
  • Thirdly, Why Does Freezing Happen In Parkinson’s Disease 
  • Oh No, I’m Freezing! What The Heck Should I Do Now? 
  • Identify Your Freezing of Gait Triggers  
  • Lastly, 13 Freezing of Gait Treatment Strategies To Help You Get Moving Again
  • Plus, 3 Aids To Help With Freezing of Gait
  • And What Therapists Can Help With Freezing of Gait

What Are Parkinson’s Freezing Gait Symptoms?

.. Click here to read the rest
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Think Your Parent Has Dementia (Therapist Shares What To Do)

Think your parent has dementia?

If you’re worried about your mum or dad’s cognitive decline and are trying to figure out how to talk to your parent about their potential dementia signs – well, it can be an emotional minefield ( for both people).

It doesn’t need to be this way and we’d like to help you.

No doubt, it can be filled with what-ifs, should I, worry, fear, anxiety and heartache. 

Seeing the changes in a person who has been a figure in your life can be challenging. 

Talking about it perhaps even harder.

But does this concern get in the way of a great conversation, positive actions, a safer life path or achieving a greater quality of life? 

An early conversation about dementia signs can lead to early intervention where it may not be dementia at all.

Yep, it can be hard.

This guide is written by a senior therapist, David Norris, to support you if you think your parent has dementia. It serves you so you can talk with your parent about their memory changes, potential signs of dementia and what to do about them.… .. Click here to read the rest

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Allied Health Administration / Executive Assistant Role

Allied Health Administration / Executive Assistant Role in Brisbane is now OPEN for the right person.

Does this sound like you?

People Person Wanted. 

Loves Customer Service and is good with process.

Has an eye for improvement and opportunities.   

Occupational Therapy Brisbane is a growing Occupational Therapy private practice.

Health Administration Assistant Wanted

We offer specialist services to people who live with complex neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and stroke. 

We’d love to connect a highly motivated person who is a wizard in Health Administration and  or Executive Assistant tasks and is looking for work from home opportunity. 

The right applicant must have excellent communication and organisational skills to best support our professional staff and meet the needs of our clients. 

This is for a Casual position developing into Permanent Part time for successful applicant

The role requires provision of administrative services for Occupational Therapy Brisbane with duties including:

  • Scheduling and managing client appointments
  • Managing referral and client database
  • Managing NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) paperwork and online portal
  • Preparing quotes and service agreements for professional services
  • Answering phones
  • Managing client paperwork and referrals
  • Preparing communications for Doctors, health professionals etc.
.. Click here to read the rest
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