Contemporary Models of Occupational Therapy in Community Mental Health

Clinical Reform, Case Management and Occupational Therapy

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InsideOut Occupational Therapy Group Therapist Jordana Kaiser along with colleagues Carmen Stobie, Thaysa Ramos, Emma Ketley presented the following presentation on Contemporary Models of Occupational Therapy in Community Mental Health: Clinical Reform, Case Management and Occupational Therapy at this years Occupational Therapy Australia conference.
A summary of the abstract has been presented below. For any further information or clarification, please contact Jordana Kaiser.


Occupational therapists working in North Metropolitan Area Mental Health in Perth have undergone significant changes to models of service delivery, as a result of clinical reform in the last 2 to 3 years. Now, our colleagues in South Metropolitan Area Mental Health are undergoing a similar process.

The occupational therapists at Stirling Mental Health have found the process challenging, as have most staff, however have supported each other through regular individual supervision, peer supervision and staff development opportunities.

The focus on case management within multidisciplinary teams has led us to develop more contemporary models of providing occupational therapy to our clients.

The mental health service model providing more acute and sub-acute treatment, has also reduced the focus on clinical rehabilitation with many teams, with the focus now on Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) or Community Managed Organisations (CMOs) to provide the majority of  rehabilitation services.

In Stirling Catchment we also have occupational therapists employed in less traditional roles including Community Development (CDO), General Practitioner Liaison Officer (GPLO), Community Supported Residential Units (CSRU) Liaison Senior OT, and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

We wish to share with you how we have provided a more contemporary approach within the context of clinical reform, recovery and case management, and how we have supported each other to maintain our professional skills and provide occupational therapy to our clients and their families. We hope that this will inspire others to continue to support each other, our new graduates and students.

Our current practice provides evidence that occupational therapy remains a vital part of a person’s mental health recovery.