Occupational Therapy

Neuro Occupational Therapy is our expertise

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy promotes an individual’s independence and participation in activities that are meaningful to them. This can include looking after yourself and others, socialising, participating in holidays, working or volunteering. Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession, and the activities focussed is individual for each person.

How do our Occupational Therapists differ?

Our Occupational Therapists are highly experienced in providing services to people living with neurological conditions. We address the physical, cognitive, behavioural and emotional needs to promote overall wellbeing and optimal outcomes.

Our approach


We establish programs in the home, place of residence or local community, to maximise function and achieve the best outcomes for all our clients.


We have a whole person approach, we focus on the goals that matter the most to our clients and we advocate for our clients’ needs. 


We believe every individual has the right to participate in their life and community and that change continues for a person as they integrate and gain independence in these areas. 


Working with a multidisciplinary team allows us to provide a holistic approach to our care. We also work closely with our client’s support system to maximise outcomes.


Besides the support we give our clients, our team receive boundless support to ensure they are assisted in the work they do.

Link to find out more

Click above to find out more about Independent Rehabilitation Services. 

Who we treat

  • Adults (over 16 years of age)
  • Funding types – NDIS, TAC, WorkSafe Victoria
  • From hospital, post-acute care (PAC)
  • Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan (formerly Enhanced Primary Care)
  • Privately funded
  • Neurological diagnosis

Conditions we treat

  • Traumatic Brain injury 
  • Stroke 
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cerebral and Cerebellar Tumours / Post Surgical Management 
  • Spinal Cord Injury 
  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Hypoxic Brain injury 
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Balance disorders
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome 
  • Muscular Dystrophy 
  • Multi Systems Atrophy 
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxias
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Functional Neurological Disorder

This list is not exhaustive. If your condition does not appear here, get in touch to discuss your needs.

Our Occupational Therapy services

  • NDIS Functional capacity assessments (FCA’s)
  • NDIS OT Housing Assessments (for recommendations on specialist disability accommodation, or supported independent living)
  • TAC OT Review of Capability Assessments
  • Providing recommendations of support needs
  • Development of carer guidelines
  • Implementation of carer training
  • Minor home modifications (i.e. ramps, grab rails)
  • Complex home modifications (i.e. bathroom or kitchen modifications)
  • Home Automations
  • Specialised wheelchair and seating prescription
  • Commodes and bathroom aids
  • Bed and mattress prescription
  • Scooter prescription and training
  • Current function/baseline assessment
  • Implementation of functional upper limb exercise program
  • Recommendations on equipment to promote upper limb function
  • Assessment of individual pressure care risk
  • Recommendations for pressure care management plan, including equipment needs
  • Education and resource development for pressure management for family and care team
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Planning
  • Organising strategies
  • On and off road driving assessments
  • Vehicle modifications
  • Public transport training
  • Return to leisure based activities
  • Sensory assessment
  • Trial of sensory modulation techniques
  • Individualised sensory modulation plans
  • Collaborating with family and other providers (i.e. travel agents and recreational specialists)
  • Holiday preparation and itinerary planning
  • Reviewing equipment needs, support needs and appropriate accommodation
  • Volunteering
  • Employment
Link to read our client stories

Meet our team of Occupational Therapists

Staff Portrait of Amy Jesse, Occupational Therapy Team Leader at IRS

Amy Jesse
Senior Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Team Leader

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Staff Portrait of Shona Rudland, Senior Occupational Therapist at IRS

Shona Rudland
Senior Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Team Leader

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Staff Portrait of Blaine Francis, Occupational Therapist at IRS

Blaine Francis
Senior Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Team Leader

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Staff Portrait of Melissa Bennett, Occupational Therapist at IRS

Melissa Bennett
Senior Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Clinical Lead, Occupational Therapy Driving Assessor

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Staff Portrait of Meaghan Rennison, Occupational Therapist at IRS

Meaghan Rennison
Senior Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Clinical Lead, Health and Safety Representative

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Staff Portrait of Kate Thomson, Occupational Therapy Stream Lead at IRS

Kate Thomson
Senior Occupational Therapist

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Neuro Occupational Therapy referrals

Why refer to us

  • IRS has been in operation for 25 years
  • Expertise in managing complex neurological conditions
  • Collaboration with other healthcare providers
  • Evidence-based treatment approaches
  • Tailored programs to meet individual needs