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Occupational Therapy

Our primary goal as an occupational therapist is to enable our clients to engage independently and safely in meaningful activities of daily life, from showering and dressing to shopping and social activities.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is concerned with the promotion of health and wellbeing through occupation.

We see ‘Occupation’ as anything that occupies and is meaningful to you; not just your job.

Our occupational therapists will achieve desired outcomes through working with people across multiple contexts to develop the necessary skills to engage in activities that are important to them.

This can be done through environmental modification, task adaptation, provision of assistive technology, and rehabilitation and retraining. Where necessary our occupational therapist will link in with other service providers to ensure the clients goals and needs are met, including our Exercise Physiologists at Brain x Body Fitness Studio, our Counsellor, our Parkinson’s Nurse, and other external providers.

Our OT's Can Help With:

  • Personal activities of daily living including self-care, toileting, dressing and sleep
  • Motor and sensory development and rehabilitation
  • Pain Management
  • Fatigue management
  • Cognitive skills development
  • Home assessment
  • Assistive Technology Prescription, including seating
  • Functional Assessment
  • Chronic condition self-management
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Conditions We Help With:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Multiple Systems Atrophy
  • Corticobasal Degeneration
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Other (please enquire)
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Christian Burden

Christian Burden received his Master of Occupational Therapy (GE) in 2018 following his undergraduate degree in Human Movement. Christian has a variety of clinical experience in Parkinson’s Disease, brain injury rehabilitation, mental health, dementia and paediatrics.

As part of his Master’s degree, Christian completed a major project in collaboration with THRFG Parkinson’s and several local health networks, developing a passion for assisting people affected by Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions along the way. Christian is now the senior occupational therapist at THRFG Parkinson’s.

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Hannah Tavian

Hannah Tavian graduated her Master of Occupational Therapy at Flinders University at the end of 2020, following the completion of her undergraduate degree in Human Movement.

Hannah joined the THRFG Parkinson’s team in July after a brief period working in the paediatric field. Hannah has prior experience working with people with neurological conditions through her placement experience on a hospital stroke ward.

Hannah is passionate about helping people with Parkinson’s and other neurological/movement disorders enhance their independent and wellbeing.

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Christian and Hannah are both registered occupational therapists with Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Referrals to our occupational therapists are simple and require a referral form to be completed and sent to:  christian@parkinsonssa.org.au

Self-referrals are accepted.

Client Details and Referral Form

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