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056 – What If You Just Found Out That You Had A Sibling?

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Have you ever thought about how your life would change if you just found out you had a sibling? Sounds like a movie script right? What if one sibling was an Occupational Therapist and the other had Cerebral Palsy?

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055 – Exploring Neuro with TheBrainyOT

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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, especially stroke. Her passion for her practice area is very obvious and infectious. 

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054 – Mental Wellbeing and Occupational Therapy

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What's the difference between Mental Health and Mental Illness and how can OT's in ALL practice areas utilise this for our clients?

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053 – Brooke George is Teaming with Dementia

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What is dementia? How do OTs work with this population? What are some of the issues working with older persons? How can OT improve how we support people?

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052 – An OT Students Lived Experience of Chronic Pain

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Taylah's story and her insights are invaluable and I learned so much about the mindset, and the toll that pain can have on a person.

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051 – When You Love What You Do…WORK with Karen Jacobs

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Professor Karen Jacobs is one of those guests that makes me feel super lazy. Any of the projects she has been involved in could be looked at as career-defining by mere mortals like myself.

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050 – A Celebration of you, the Listener

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50 Episodes of Occupied! Tune in to hear some of peoples reflections on this momentous occasion for the podcast. Heres to the next 50!

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049 – Meaning and Occupational Engagement

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Meaning is arguably the most important aspect of a person's occupation. Yet, in my experience, it is also one of the most neglected or least understood areas of our practice.

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048 – OTReference Discusses the Similarities Between OT and Powerlifting

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Exploring the close links between the skillsets required to excel in Powerlifting and those commonly utilised by Occupational Therapists with OTreference.

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047 – The Life and Times of the Occupational Therapy Hub

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From Radio and TV then on to Occupational Therapy, Jamie Grant discusses his journey and all the ups and downs all the way to The Occupational Therapy Hub

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046 – Overcoming Anxiety/PTSD with one of the Worlds Strongest Humans

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Heather Connor is one of the strongest powerlifters in the world. She has also battled anxiety and post-traumatic stress for a large part of her life.

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045 – Newgrad Mental Health and the Transition from Student

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An honest and raw conversation with Thalia Prakash about the newgrad transition and maintaining your mental health as a clinician.

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044 – OTAus2019 Conference Reflection

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In this episode, I'd love to highlight some of the key moments and amazing inspirations for me from #OTAus2019 Conference.

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043 – Sense Rugby: Occupation-Based Practice with Passion

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Sense Rugby: taking the culture, training, social aspects and the equipment of rugby union and adjusting it to make it fully accessible to their clients.

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042 – Choose your Mental Health with Sarah Cawthorne

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We discuss our mutual experiences working in the mental health field before delving into her personal experiences with alcohol addiction and recovery

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041 – How to Become an Entrepreneur in Private Practice

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Diving into private practice? Want to be ab entrepreneur? Considering it but terrified? Let Laura ease your mind and inspire you to take the plunge!

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040 – Michelle Perryman Hijacks Occupied

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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 did find a time Michelle […]

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039 – From Army OT to Adaptive Gaming

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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 heavily involved in its development! Erik Johnson […]

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038 – Is Occupational Balance BS? ft Alexis Joelle

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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 months ago Alexis invited me to do an Insta-live […]

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037 – An Occupational Analysis of Coffee

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“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 important to our engagement with it. Some of you may not even be aware that it […]

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036 – The Occupation within Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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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 Lou Sanguine on Facebook through a post about the podcast. She challenged me to make a post […]

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035 – The Realities of living with Schizophrenia

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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 Warrior. She is a Mental Health advocate. She’s a Schizophrenic (listen to […]

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034 – The Dark Side of Occupation with Dr Rebecca Twinley

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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 easily resonated with me. It integrated into my clinical practice and conceptualization very easily. […]

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033 – Thoughts on how OT’s can talk about OT

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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 outside of the profession. I’m all for giving […]

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032 – The Rocket OT returns to Earth: Occupation in Action

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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 the world (pretty sure the last episode was recorded from Japan!). […]

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031 – Succeeding to Fail with Jon Jon Rivero

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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 Conference. I’ve still never been to a more amazing presentation. […]

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030 – An OT’s Story of Trauma and Rehab

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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 her career and growth since then. Last year Meghan and a group of others […]

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029 – OT After Dark: Sex as an ADL

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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 Dark podcast only 4hrs after they released their first episode (Sex as an ADL). […]

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028 – Seniors Flourish in a Digital World with Mandy Chamberlain

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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 social media where she produces and curates […]

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027 – Occupational Observations of a Natural Disaster

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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 designed or ready to drain and […]

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026 – How and Why EVERY Occupational Therapist needs to Research with Dr Kitty & Dr Anna

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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 Therapists. She wondered if I would like to talk about it with them on Occupied…. definitely! […]

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025 – Mindfulness and Occupational Therapy with Leah Forman

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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 LaPointe and her business/interest/passion in the field.  […]

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024 – Occupational Justice with Professor Gail Whiteford

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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 though we have met multiple times, […]

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023 – WFOTvx: Podcasting 101

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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 Occupational Therapists. We covered everything from the workflow involved in creating and publishing a podcast […]

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022 – Going From Burnt Out to Lit Up with Erika Del Pozo

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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 I first came across Joy Energy Time on Instagram and, being […]

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021 – In Depth on Diversity with Alondra Ammon

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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! I first came across Alondra’s youtube channel and being a bit of a geek had a search around […]

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020 – Is the Sex Disparity in Occupational Therapy all Bad?

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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 topic is quite sensitive. I do encourage you […]

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019 – Occupation Based Practice with Dr Nicholson

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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 about everything from her journey into OT, the professions move back towards Occupation, and the […]

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018 – Occupational Transition Periods

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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 OT’s can really have an incredible impact on peoples lives. […]

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017 – Sarah Putt is an OT4LYFE pt2

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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 currently runs her own practice but has practiced in more countries than I was able to count […]

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016 – Sarah Putt is an OT4LYFE pt1

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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 OT’s can benefit and engage in it and she […]

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015 – Occupational Interviewing

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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 occupation based practice direction. Super keen to start the […]

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014 – Exploring the Experiences of Three Early Career Academics pt2

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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, varying clinical backgrounds, and all have recently moved into academia.   […]

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013 – Exploring the Experiences of Three Early Career Academics pt1

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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 backgrounds, and all have recently moved into academia. Being able to compare multiple […]

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012 – OT School to School OT

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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 explained the types of intervention she does with her students, […]

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011 – Online Technology for Occupational Therapy

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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 online technology and has been a massive proponent of the […]

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010 – The Grey Revolution: Aged Care’s Young Leaders

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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, support and growth services to individuals and companies. http://www.acorn-network.com.au/ Samantha has also just dropped her own podcast […]

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009 – How do Values fit with OT practice?

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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 context it seemed like the perfect time to put my thoughts on record….and then send them out to […]

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008 – Dr Jessie Wilson and the Co-Op approach

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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 everything from previous episodes of Occupied, some of the marketing issues of the […]

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007 – Why SMART Goals are Dumb

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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 I say how do you […]

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