Samantha Smith

Samantha smiles at the camera, her hair is down to her shoulders and she is standing against a plain background

Occupational Therapist

Melbourne

  • Aids and Equipment Assessments
  • Works with adults
  • Works with children

Samantha Smith has a very personal daily reminder of the impact her role as an occupational therapist can have for a person living with disability.

Midway through her university studies, her partner had a stroke, resulting in high-level spinal cord injury.

“Life stopped, and yet it went on too,” Sam says.

“The lived experience has strengthened my resolve to support people in their efforts to gain—or regain—independence doing what’s important to them somehow, safely.”

Sam works with child and adult clients needing cognitive assessments, functional mobility assessments and daily living assessments.

Clinical placements included working with amputees, elderly clients with degenerative conditions, and post-surgical patients.

Sam brings practical experience in prescribing appropriate technology, aids and equipment and minor modifications to make daily living tasks more achievable and safer.

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in 2020 gave Sam invaluable online experience, delivering engaging and useful activities with young clients diagnosed with sensory processing challenges.

“I’m not offering ‘textbook’ strategies because life isn’t like a textbook,” Sam says of her approach that focuses on addressing needs, frustrations, and dreams.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from La Trobe University, Bendigo.

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