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All things Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science


055 – Exploring Neuro with TheBrainyOT
Nov 12 • 83 min
I came across Crystal’s Intagram account during her “Neuro A-Z Photo Challenge”. Her content and explanations are exceptional and I learned a lot. Since then her content has continued with her focus on educating OT’s and the public on all things neuro,…
054 – Mental Wellbeing and Occupational Therapy
Nov 1 • 24 min
This episode I wanted to reflect on an idea that I’ve been playing around with for a few weeks and that’s the difference between Mental Health and Mental Illness. Having an understanding of the links between wellbeing and mental health is a skill that…
053 – Brooke George is Teaming with Dementia
Oct 20 • 104 min
I know a lot of passionate people. I also know a lot of people in a lot of different practice areas. I’ve been lucky enough to know a couple of people who are incredibly passionate about working in the aged care sector. Brooke George has an amazing…
052 – An OT Students Lived Experience of Chronic Pain
Oct 9 • 83 min
Continuing on a bit of a trend of lived experiences on the podcast I roped in the awesome Taylah Douglass to have a chat about her experience with Chronic Pain. Taylah is currently completing her OT degree just outside of Melbourne Australia and the…
051 – When You Love What You Do…WORK with Karen Jacobs
Oct 1 • 71 min
Professor Karen Jacobs is one of those guests that makes me feel like I don’t work hard enough. Any of the projects she has been involved in could be looked at as career-defining by mere mortals like myself. Everything from writing textbooks, creating…
050 – A Celebration of you, the Listener
Sep 12 • 46 min
When I started Occupied I didn’t really have a plan for how it was going to go. It was a form of creative expression for me and I enjoyed learning the process and creating a product. The uptake of said product has been absolutely amazing. I’d be lying if…
049 – Meaning and Occupational Engagement
Sep 10 • 23 min
This is an emerging topic for me. It’s something for which I’ve seen a correlation for many many years. Now is the stage in my career where I’m starting to explore this more in-depth. Meaning is arguably the most important aspect of a person’s occupation.…
048 – OTReference Discusses the Similarities Between OT and Powerlifting
Sep 1 • 58 min
Since the beginning of my involvement in the sport of powerlifting, I’ve always been fascinated by the similarities. There are close links between the skillsets required to excel in Powerlifting and those commonly utilised by Occupational Therapists. I…
047 – The Life and Times of the Occupational Therapy Hub
Aug 23 • 89 min
There aren’t too many OT’s in the online space that hasn’t come across or seen posts from The Occupational Therapy Hub. I’ve known Jamie for about as long as Occupied has existed. He was one of the very first people to contact me after the release of my…
046 – Overcoming Anxiety/PTSD with one of the Worlds Strongest Humans
Aug 14 • 78 min
DURING THIS PODCAST TOPICS SUCH AS ABUSE, PTSD AND VIOLENCE ARE DISCUSSED. THERE IS ALSO STRONG LANGUAGE USED. IF THIS IS A TRIGGER OR MAKES YOU UNCOMFORTABLE, LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO LISTEN. When we think of Anxiety and PTSD…
045 – Newgrad Mental Health and the Transition from Student
Aug 6 • 117 min
This conversation starting talking about the transition and what to expect moving from a student to newgrad practitioner. Thalia was honest and raw and didn’t sugar-coat any of the experiences, good and bad. We explored the intricacies of practitioner…
044 – OTAus2019 Conference Reflection
Jul 22 • 44 min
On July 10-12th 2019 I found my way to Sydney for the 28th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference & Exhibition. This was my 4th Australian National Conference which runs every 2 years. In this episode, I’d love to highlight some of the key…
043 – Sense Rugby: Occupation-Based Practice with Passion
Jul 15 • 58 min
I first came across Sense Rugby when the below video came across my facebook browsing. Being a strong advocate for occupation-based practice AND an old rugby union tragic, this video appealed to me on multiple levels. The use of Rugby Union as a therapy…
042 – Choose your Mental Health with Sarah Cawthorne
Jul 2 • 74 min
DURING THIS PODCAST TOPICS SUCH AS SUICIDE AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION ARE DISCUSSED. IF THIS IS A TRIGGER OR MAKES YOU UNCOMFORTABLE, LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO LISTEN. DURING THIS PODCAST PERSONAL OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCES WITH MENTAL…
041 – How to Become an Entrepreneur in Private Practice
Jun 25 • 122 min
Laura Park Figueroa, to me, is something special in the profession. To take on the often scary role of an entrepreneur and turn your passion into a private practice takes STONES. This is exactly what Laura has done with her practice, Outdoor Kids…
040 – Michelle Perryman Hijacks Occupied
Jun 13 • 88 min
A while ago I asked Michelle to come and be a guest on Occupied. As I had expected she agreed but then retorted, “I’m going to interview you”. We both laughed and that was that for a couple months while we tried to nail down an appropriate time. When we…
039 – From Army OT to Adaptive Gaming
Jun 3 • 94 min
The release of the adaptive XBox controller might have been something you saw cross your news feed a while back. You may even have thought “damn that’s awesome, I wonder how OT’s are going to use this”. What you may not have known is that an OT was…
038 – Is Occupational Balance BS? ft Alexis Joelle
May 21 • 94 min
Alexis is an OT, an online juggernaut, a clinical mentor and metaphor aficionado. If you’re on Instagram or Facebook then you have more than likely come across some of her posts, stories or live chats. Hard to imagine how she has any balance…. 😉 A few…
037 – An Occupational Analysis of Coffee
May 11 • 19 min
“Coffee, a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species.” I can guarantee you that many people reading this did not know that a coffee bean comes out of a cherry! Why? Because, for most of us, it’s not…
036 – The Occupation within Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
May 1 • 94 min
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a clinical modality that I was introduced and exposed to during my clinical career. Unlike many psychotherapies, ACT was always able to be incorporated into an Occupation-Based Practice framework. I came across…
035 – The Realities of living with Schizophrenia
Apr 23 • 82 min
There’s very little I can say about RachelStarLive that she hasn’t expressed herself in one of her amazing youtube videos. So using her own words, Rachel is a “schizophrenic badass from Youtube and TV stuff.” She’s been on Americas Got Talent & Ninja…
034 – The Dark Side of Occupation with Dr Rebecca Twinley
Apr 14 • 66 min
Dr Twinley came into my life, as many have, via online connections and shared thoughts on Occupation and Occupational Therapy. When we first connected was just before she publicly released the concept of The Dark Side of Occupation. This concept very…
033 – Thoughts on how OT’s can talk about OT
Apr 6 • 25 min
It’s OT Month in the states and I’ve seen a TONNE of social media posts promoting the profession and saying how amazing we are and outlining the wide variety of things we can do. What I haven’t seen is a large swell of people promoting the profession…
032 – The Rocket OT returns to Earth: Occupation in Action
Apr 1 • 106 min
You may remember Simone from episode 2! She is the creator of the Regulation Rocket and an amazing occupation based pediatric OT. Simone has definitely been one of our most popular guests. She has just got back to Australia after spending a year traveling…
031 – Succeeding to Fail with Jon Jon Rivero
Mar 22 • 55 min
Prior to meeting Jon Jon my measures of success were most definitely material and superficial. Since that time I’ve been a much more introspective OT. I met Jon Jon Rivero in 2014 when he came to Australia to deliver the keynote at the QLD State…
030 – An OT’s Story of Trauma and Rehab
Mar 13 • 97 min
THIS EPISODE DISCUSSES TRAUMA & TRAUMATIC INJURY. ALTHOUGH THERE IS IS NOTHING OVERLY GRAPHIC OR NEGATIVE, PLEASE DO EXERCISE COMMON SENSE IF YOU FIND THESE TOPICS DIFFICULT OR TRAUMATIC. Meghan and I connected many years ago on twitter and I’ve followed…
029 – OT After Dark: Sex as an ADL
Mar 7 • 79 min
SOME CONTENT IN THIS PODCAST MAY BE CONSIDERED EXPLICIT BY SOME PEOPLE. SEX AND INTIMACY TOPICS ARE DISCUSSED AND MAY INCLUDE SOME COLLOQUIAL TERMINOLOGIES. EXERCISE COMMON SENSE IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THESE OR RELATED TOPICS. I discovered the OT After…
028 – Seniors Flourish in a Digital World with Mandy Chamberlain
Feb 26 • 100 min
You may know Mandy as Seniors Flourish. She’s an OT. Entrepreneur. Business Owner. OG OT Podcaster. Online OT personality. but most of all she was kind enough to come and have a chat with us here at OCCUPIED. Many of you may have come across her work on…
027 – Occupational Observations of a Natural Disaster
Feb 19 • 34 min
I’d like to reflect on a natural disaster. At the beginning of February 2019 the city where I live was stuck under a monsoonal rain even for over a week. This event dumped over 1.6m (5ft) of water in 7 days. Townsville being a typically dry place was not…
026 – How and Why EVERY Occupational Therapist needs to Research with Dr Kitty & Dr Anna
Feb 12 • 83 min
Kitty (@truly_radical_) contacted me over Twitter some time ago and emphatically stated that she wanted to talk with me about research. She told me that herself and fellow OT, Anna (@aurbanowicz) had a huge passion for promoting research to Occupational…
025 – Mindfulness and Occupational Therapy with Leah Forman
Jan 31 • 127 min
Leah Forman is a COTA and an OTD student whom I originally discovered from her Instagram. The very first post I saw was a photo of a pelvis and a comment about womens health, mindfulness and OT. This (strangely) caught my eye due to my good friend Melissa…
024 – Occupational Justice with Professor Gail Whiteford
Jan 20 • 75 min
I am honestly so excited about this episode. When Gail first sent me a message asking to be on the podcast I almost fell off my chair. All my Occupational dreams come true! Professor Gail Whiteford has been an OT hero of mine for the longest time and even…
023 – WFOTvx: Podcasting 101
Jan 9 • 62 min
December 2018 I was given the opportunity to co-present a webinar for the new WFOTvx series of professional development things. Myself, Karen Jacobs of Lifestyle by Design and Stephanie Lancaster of On The Air presented a Podcasting 101 webinar for…
022 – Going From Burnt Out to Lit Up with Erika Del Pozo
Dec 30, 2018 • 85 min
Erika is an OT and entrepreneur who together with her husband, Mike, run their business Joy Energy Time. Their focus on burnout in health professionals is a contemporary issue that needs to be addressed now before it becomes an epidemic. How I found Erika…
021 – In Depth on Diversity with Alondra Ammon
Dec 18, 2018 • 85 min
Alondra Ammon is an Occupational Therapist from California. She graduated with her masters in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University and is currently working as a school-based OT. Her passion is Diversity and the promotion of the profession!…
020 – Is the Sex Disparity in Occupational Therapy all Bad?
Dec 4, 2018 • 26 min
Today’s discussion stemmed from a number of observations of late. Seemed like too much of a coincidence that the topic came up multiple times in a very short space of time so I decided to put together my thoughts. I’m very aware that for some people this…
019 – Occupation Based Practice with Dr Nicholson
Nov 26, 2018 • 81 min
Dr. Ellen Nicholson is the Head of Department at the Aukland University of Technology’s, Department of Occupational Science and Therapy and has had a vast and profound influence on my own career being the inspiration for Operation Occupation. We talked…
018 – Occupational Transition Periods
Nov 15, 2018 • 19 min
We’ve looked at values and how they may highlight a person’s occupational needs so the next logical progression is to have a look about what happens when someone changes the occupation that fills a need. That gap between occupations is a time that I feel…
017 – Sarah Putt is an OT4LYFE pt2
Nov 8, 2018 • 66 min
We continue our chat about Sarah’s experiences overseas, what developed country OT’s could learn from these limited resource experiences, professional understanding of culture and OT’s use of diagnosis. Sarah Putt is pediatric OT and fellow podcaster! She…
016 – Sarah Putt is an OT4LYFE pt1
Nov 1, 2018 • 59 min
Sarah Putt is pediatric OT and fellow podcaster! She currently runs her own practice but has practiced in more countries than I was able to count and has some amazing stories to go with it! As expected we discuss the amazing medium of podcasting and how…
015 – Occupational Interviewing
Oct 16, 2018 • 20 min
As requested! an expansion of Episode 009 – How Do Values Fit with OT Practice by having a chat about how I’ve used these concepts in practice. Looking at a very practical way of finding a person’s occupational needs which can then be used to guide the…
014 – Exploring the Experiences of Three Early Career Academics pt2
Oct 1, 2018 • 58 min
The 2nd half of our roundtable discussion with Michelle Perryman and Dr Jessie Wilson about the challenges of transitioning from a clinical OT role into an academic role. Between the three of us we are from 3 different countries, pre, during & post Phd,…
013 – Exploring the Experiences of Three Early Career Academics pt1
Sep 25, 2018 • 59 min
A roundtable discussion with Michelle Perryman and Dr Jessie Wilson about the challenges of transitioning from a clinical OT role into an academic role. Between the three of us we are from 3 different countries, pre, during & post Phd, varying clinical…
012 – OT School to School OT
Sep 16, 2018 • 96 min
Stephanie Healey graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast and moved into her first OT position with the Department of Education in her home state. This position turns out to be quite unique in Australia and I wanted to learn all about it. Steph…
011 – Online Technology for Occupational Therapy
Sep 4, 2018 • 89 min
The one and only Dr Anita Hamilton has had a MASSIVE influence on my career and volunteered me for a number of amazing opportunities I would not otherwise have had the fortitude to tackle. Anita is an expert and leader in the space of OT’s utilising…
010 – The Grey Revolution: Aged Care’s Young Leaders
Aug 26, 2018 • 67 min
Samantha Bowen is an Occupational Therapist from Perth Australia who found her passion in the aged care sector. Samantha started Acorn Network, an entrepreneurial venture aimed at promoting young leaders in the aged care sector by providing mentoring,…
009 – How do Values fit with OT practice?
Aug 17, 2018 • 19 min
A rather spontaneous recording whilst getting some vitamin D, sitting outside, and relaxing. You know what they say, strike while the iron is hot, so whilst thinking about how I utilised values and values assessments within and occupation-based practice…
008 – Dr Jessie Wilson and the Co-Op approach
Aug 7, 2018 • 96 min
Dr Jessie Wilson is a former colleague of mine who now works at Western University in Canada. Her paediatric and mental health clinical background led her into her Ph.D. around an occupation based therapy project for young adults with autism. We discussed…
007 – Why SMART Goals are Dumb
Jul 26, 2018 • 27 min
Goals…..we’ve all heard of them and all been advised that we should be using them both personally and clinically….but why and how are we using them? Do we have a good understanding of how they work? Hear me out and I’ll see if I can make you think 😉 When…
006 – The Business of Women’s Health and Occupational Therapy
Jul 16, 2018 • 88 min
Melissa LaPointe is a friend I’ve known for a number of years and I’ve watched her entrepreneurial journey building from her original passion area, Occupational Therapy and Women’s Health. Now she is an online entrepreneur, a women’s health advocate, a…
005 – What can Minimalism teach Occupational Therapists
Jul 5, 2018 • 24 min
So in this episode, I explore some random reflections I’ve had after coming across the concept of “minimalism”. It started when I found a documentary on Netflix called Minimalism: A documentary about the important things which was the beginning of me…
004 – Newgradoccupationaltherapy.com with Dom
Jun 24, 2018 • 85 min
This episode I delved into the world of the New Graduate Occupational Therapist!! I had the pleasure of sitting down with the one and only Dominic Lloyd-Randolfi to hear about his journey into Occupational Therapy including his involvement with…
003 – Reflecting on Reflection
Jun 12, 2018 • 25 min
Every now and then a small thing happens during my day triggers some much more extensive thoughts/reflections (ironic right?). Discussing with my Occupational Therapy students about the importance of reflection got me thinking about my personal journey…
002 – Occupation based Pediatrics with the Rocket OT
May 23, 2018 • 69 min
Simone contacted me on Reddit following the release of Occupied episode 001 saying she wrote a blog called the Rocket OT and had created a visual that “demonstrates how regulation develops and is affected depending on environment/occupation”. After having…
001 – Operation Occupation
May 17, 2018 • 22 min
Operation Occupation was a project that I undertook a few years ago and was a turning point in my career for my personal growth into the profession of OT. Below is a presentation that I gave to the OT’s in my district about the “Operation Occupation”…
000 – Introducing Occupied!
Apr 29, 2018 • 1 min
For the longest time I’ve wanted to start a podcast. The blend of technology, creative expression and Occupational Therapy has always appealed to me greatly. My vision for this is to be an online space where I can discuss concepts, new ideas, old ideas,…