Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Play a Serious Therapy Tool; Working to Help Children Succeed

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Play a Serious Therapy Tool; Working to Help Children Succeed

Article excerpt

A ROPE ladder, dinosaur-feet stilts and blue spiky ball.

These are all tools of the trade for Mackay paediatric occupational therapist Jessica Natoli.

People interested in a career as an OT have been offered a helping hand, through the Federal Government Budget allocation of $13.4million in funding for nursing and allied health scholarships for rural and remote Australia.

Occupational Therapy Australia said the funding would result in 500 nursing and allied health scholarships being delivered where there were workforce shortages in rural and remote communities.

After two full-time years in the industry, Ms Natoli said she would encourage others to consider a career in OT.

Occupational therapists who work with adults often go to their client's workplace during treatment.

But, as a child's main job is to play, Ms Natoli is hands-on with toys all day.

"I know I have parents look at what we are doing and say, 'you are just letting them play'," Ms Natoli said. …

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