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Brendan Long

Master of Occupational Therapy, Batchelor of Human Movement
Occupational Therapist

Brendan Long grew up in Howrah, and has studied at UTAS and Curtin University (WA). Brendan is an Occupational Therapist with a special interest in Mental Health, and a general interest in all conditions which impact on an invididuals ability to function in day to day life. Brendon enjoys helping to enable people to overcome difficulties that impact their health and quality of life.

Brendan holds a Master of Occupational Therapy (Curtin University) and has over ten years’ experience as an OT, having worked with clients from a variety of backgrounds. His work focusses on client-centred, practical strategies to help people participate in activities that are important to them.

Brendan holds a special interest in working with individuals with mental health conditions, and makes use of techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Health Coaching and Re-motivation process in enabling positive behaviour change.

Brendan offers intervention through a variety of schemes including Chronic disease management, Better Access to Mental Health Care and Private Health Funds. He can provide a Home visiting service in some circumstances. He is NDIS-accredited.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapists are goal directed rehabilitation professionals who treat the functional implications of health problems and promote health and well-being through occupation (activity).

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through activity. OTs’ work with people who are unable to participate in their chosen activities (work / leisure / personal care) because of illness, injury or circumstance. An OT will explore the range of factors influencing a person’s difficulty with activity and use rehabilitation and compensatory strategies to improve participation.

Who might benefit from Occupational Therapy Intervention?

Any person with a medical condition (or multiple conditions) that contribute to difficulty with completing day to day activities could be appropriate for intervention by an OT.

Some examples might include conditions that impact:

  • Physical capacity / strength and endurance (e.g. Frailty due to ageing / Respiratory Disease / Arthritis) – OT strategies might include; environment set-up (e.g. setting up a kitchen to minimise the physical demands of preparing a meal), advising on assistive devices to conserve energy (e.g. perching stools / shower chairs), or assisting the person with prioritising tasks and “budgeting” their energy.
  • Memory / Cognition (e.g. Dementia) – OT intervention can improve safety and independence within the home using strategies such as; setting up checklists and reminders for daily activities, recommendations for kitchen alarms.
  • Sensorimotor (e.g. deteriorating vision or hearing) – OT strategies may include; use of colour contrast around potentially hazardous areas (e.g. stove tops / steps) for the vision impaired.
  • Behaviours (e.g. Quitting smoking) – OT intervention focuses on strategies to enable lasting behaviour change. These may include; Analysing Lifestyle & scheduling of activities, practical problem solving around undesirable behaviours, development of alternative coping strategies and advice on behaviour reinforcement techniques.
  • Motivation to engage with activity (e.g. Depression / Anxiety) – OT approaches might include; Motivational Interviewing, goal-setting and behavioural activation to improve participation across a variety of activities and build a more functional routine.

Some examples of what Occupational Therapy intervention might include:

  • Environmental adaptation, such as rails to assist with mobility and prevent falls
  • Enable individuals to use skills and coping strategies, such as for a patient with anxiety / depression
  • Energy conservation techniques, such as for a breathless patient with COP

What will my session with an Occupational Therapist involve?

Your initial appointment will last for up to an hour and will explore;

  • Activities or behaviours you identify as being difficult or problematic
  • Factors that influence your current participation in that activity (e.g. motivation, physical ability, daily routine / responsibilities, supports and environmental factors)
  • Your activity goals (what you’d like to be able to do)
  • Plan / strategies for achieving your activity goal

Subsequent sessions will vary depending on your needs though are usually practical in nature and may involve:

  • A review of progress you have made towards achieving your goal and identifying next steps
  • Skills training / practical strategies to help you participate in your chosen activities
  • Trying out strategies to compensate for difficulties within activities
  • Practice of coping skills / strategies in real life environments
  • Exploring new places or activities
  • Linking with community activities / groups to enable longer term participation

Talk to your GP about whether Occupational Therapy input would be beneficial for you.

Fees:

Standard appointment (50-60 min) $105 (All initial sessions are extended sessions (in rooms) unless otherwise negotiated).

Community / Home Visit (50 min+) - Fee as negotiated

Brendan Long is a NDIS Accredited Provider

Medicare rebates may be available for patients with:

Please discuss which scheme you have been referred under with your treating Doctor.

Private Health rebates may be available depending on the level of cover. Glebe Hill Family Practice uses HICAPS to process Private Health Rebates.

Referrals are welcomed from outside of Glebe Hill Family Practice.

Please note: Fee reductions are dependent on client circumstances and are at Brendan's discretion.

Non-attendance/Cancellation Policy

Clients are advised that if they do not attend their appointment there is a cancellation fee.

All cancellations or rescheduling of an appointment without 24 hour’s notice will incur the cancellation fee.

For more information about Brendan go to www.brendanlongot.com.au

Sessions:

Appointments at Glebe Hill Family Practice on Thursdays

Home visits (arranged by contacting Brendan on 044 833 1057) on Wednesdays & Fridays

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