ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT PACKAGES

Assessing and treating functional implications of disability, pain and/ or mental health impairment.

ASSESSMENTS

The following are common and available assessments offered either individually as stand alone services, or as the first step in treatment.

Some assessments may be undertaken in your home (eg an ADL assessment) or in the clinic setting. All treatment is preceded by an assessment, and re-evaluated after a period of intervention. This is in line with best practice in the OT profession.

Mental Health / Occupational Therapy initial assessment

Initial assessment of a person’s mental health status, the functional implications of these, and recommendations for services and treatment.

Activities of Daily Living Assessment

Assess how a person can manage everyday tasks, and advice,  recommendations for assistance, and treatment planning. Follow up of this via treatment sessions or review is often a component of this service.

 

Individualised Comprehensive Needs Assessment and action plan

 

Individualised Goal Assessment and Formulation

 

Functional Skills Assessment

TREATMENT

Treatment may include a range of interventions. Evidence based treatments  are used and best practice is maintained through regular professional development and supervision.

Treatment can include targeting of the following issues:

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Stress management

including skills training, relaxation, mindfulness, CBT.
Application of strategies to the practical management of everyday tasks.

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Chronic Pain Management

Dealing with the functional impact related to chronic pain including how to manage better in everyday life and routines. CBT approach is used, and where possible a MDT approach.

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Anxiety management

Simple anxiety (phobias, social phobia, panic disorder)
Complex Anxiety disorders (PTSD, OCD, acute stress, adjustment disorder, generalised anxiety disorder) A CBT based approach is used predominantly.

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Depression management

Including behavioural and cognitive strategies, narrative therapy, mindfulness strategies
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Change in Life Role

This can include exploration of retirement issues, change in work role, change in relationships/family situations
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Rehabilitation & accessing community resources

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Mental health support

This includes psychoeducation, relapse prevention, and planning.
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Mental health skills training

This can include assertiveness, coping strategies, mindfulness strategies, relaxation training, communication skills.
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Graded Activity Programs

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Grading of Return to Work Tasks

PAYMENT

Assessment and treatment are available through a range of payment options.

Insurance related or Privately organised assessment and treatment services are billed at the RTWSA gazetted recommended rate available at https://www.rtwsa.com/service-providers/payment-and-invoicing/fee-schedules2. These payments are directly billed to the insurer or private contractor of the service/s. ie the client is not out of pocket. 

Assessment and treatment undertaken on referral from a GP under a Mental Health Treatment Plan means that Medicare part-funds the service, but a gap payment does apply, and is higher for a one off assessment than an ongoing treatment session. Payment is made on the day of consultation, and your medicare rebate is refunded to your bank account at the time of consultation so you are personally only out of pocket for the gap fee.

Extras cover in some private health finds will often pay a limited amount for sessions. This tends to be comparable to the Medicare rebates offered with a Mental Health Care Plan, but may be limited to less frequency of sessions. Check with your fund on the rebate, which you will then have to submit to the Health Fund for re-imbursement.