Ascend Health Group

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Occupational Therapy

Helping you to improve your independence and quality of life, our dedicated occupational therapists and therapy assistants will help you to get back to doing the activities that you want to do.

Ongoing assessments

We seek to understand what you can do and what you want to do, your goals and motivations, and then offer advice or techniques to get you back to doing things more easily and safely.

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Do you have concerns about your child's development?

We offer private assessments to help get your child back on track

Our occupational therapist works with teachers and families to identify a child's individual and environmental abilities and problems related to school performance. You don't need a referral from a GP, However, a GP can provide you with a Chronic Disease Management Plan (formerly enhanced Primary Care Plan). This allows you to claim partial reimbursement for up to five therapy sessions per calendar year.

We can meet your NDIS needs

Our occupational therapist works with people to assist them to achieve participation in everyday occupations that lead to healthy and independent lives. Occupational therapists are frequently funded by the NDIS to work with a participant to achieve their goals. Here are some of the ways we can help you.

Household activities

Home maintenance, driving, cooking or budgeting

Daily living needs

Showering, dressing, grooming or eating

Community functioning

Shopping and community mobility

Education skills

Activities which allow people to participate effectively in a learning environment

Leisure and play

Reading, knitting, playing sport, etc.

Social participation

Interacting positively with others in the community


Participating in employment and volunteer activities


Assist with improving functional activities at home or the workplace following injury or illness

Struggling to find an Occupational Therapist?

We offer highly-trained and dedicated therapy assistants that can help with many daily tasks. They can complement the role and services delivered by allied health professionals, by undertaking some of the duties that require less developed skills. In addition to the support you might already receive, the types of tasks that a therapy assistant can do may include some activities that require a higher level of knowledge and skill than is provided by a support worker. Give us a call to discuss your needs and to see if a therapy assistant would be suitable.

Aged care

Acute care and rehabilitation, community care, and residential care

Mental health

Based on a referral from your GP

Working with children

Helping to achieve developmental milestones in partnership with the family

Disability and NDIS

Supporting people improve their independence across the lifespan

Meet our Occupational Therapists

Olivia Firth is a senior occupational therapist at Ascend Health Group

Olivia Firth

Olivia has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the disability space for 7 years and is passionate about supporting children, adolescents and young adults to maximise their performance and participation in their everyday life. She does this through working in a caring, creative and family centred manner. Olivia holds a special interest in early intervention and emotional regulation.

Olivia is devoted to supporting the next generation of health professionals to set a higher standard of healthcare in disability. She achieves this by leading the training and development of healthcare providers at Ascend Health.

Donna Pocklington is an occupational therapist at Ascend Health Group

Donna Pocklington

Donna is a Curtin University graduate with 1st class honours in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with children, teens and adults with disabilities, and a special interest in working with people and families with Autism.

Donna is part of our assessment team that visit new members in the community to assess their needs and ensure they receive the most suitable supports, whether that is therapy services or ongoing sessions with support workers or therapy assistance.

Jordy Nixon is an occupational therapist at Ascend Health Group

Jordy Nixon

Jordy graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science: Occupational Therapy with Honours. With 3.5 years working as a support worker, Jordy has experience supporting people with differing abilities and helping them engage in their environment and achieve their goals.

Kieran Lowry Occupational Therapist Ascend Health Group

Kieran Lowry

Kieran is an enthusiastic and sporty, graduate Occupational Therapist from Curtin University. Kieran previously worked as a Support Worker at Ascend Health Group for two and a half years before transitioning into the role of an Occupational Therapist.

Kieran is passionate about working with children and teenagers to help them achieve their goals.

Increase your capacity with Ascend

Your services are designed to address your unique goals. We want you to feel comfortable with your ongoing support needs. Book an initial assessment now, or contact us if you require more information.

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