How can OT help?

The aim of an OT Assessment is to look at the way your chronic condition is impacting your life and the ways we can help change those impacts. That might be through:
  • education
  • changing the way you’re doing things
  • activity scheduling
  • modifying the environment; or
  • giving you assistive devices to help you complete tasks e.g. jar opener.


People usually come to an occupational therapist when they’re having difficulty with some aspect of daily life; when something needs changing.

For people with hypermobility conditions, there can be additional challenges including:

  • managing joint dislocations or subluxations
  • chronic pain
  • learning to manage fatigue
  • requiring splints
  • needing tips for sleeping
  • finding ways to engage in pleasurable activities
  • not wanting to leave the house for fear of pain or injury
  • managing medication side effects
  • knowing where to shop for friendly shoes
  • understanding the benefits of exercise
  • finding appropriate braces and splints
  • finding therapists who can help
The list does not end here. Occupational Therapy is about helping you to engage in the activities and tasks you need, want or are expected to do. That means the scope of what we can help with is extremely vast. Our role is to assess you (physical ability, skills, cognitive skills), assess the task & environment and the match between them. If there is a disparity, we aim to help lessen it. THAT is our role.


Michelle works closely with you, your doctors, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist or whoever is needed on your team to help provide a multi-disciplinary approach to hypermobility management. 

What does an OT Assessment cover?



From brushing your teeth, showering and washing your hair, to drying yourself & toileting, personal care involves all the things you would normally do more privately.


Putting on and taking off clothing, putting on socks and shoes, doing up buttons, zippers and clasps. These all fall into the realm of dressing in an occupational therapy assessment.



From preparing food and cooking meals, to eating, taking care of dishes and safety in the kitchen. Meal prep and eating are a big part of our lives and therefore a big part of an occupational therapy assessment.


Assessing how you function in your place of employment is also part of an occupational therapy assessment.



Being able to move around our environment is extremely important to our ability to participate in activities of daily living, which is why this is an important part of our assessment process.


Leisure activities and hobbies are an important part of a balanced life. We include this in our assessment because of the importance of being able to pursue pleasurable activities.



Being able to socialise is a big part of what makes us human. An occupational therapy assessment will look at your social needs & goals.


Living with a chronic condition can have a huge impact on mental health. We briefly assess mental health status, needs and goals as part of our assessment.


Why see Michelle O’Sullivan vs. another OT?

Michelle’s extensive experience helping people to live as fully as possible with hypermobility & other chronic conditions is why people choose to see her. Michelle is able to offer you a big picture assessment of your needs, with individual recommendations on what steps to take next. Michelle’s experience working with adults with hypermobility conditions is unmatched by any Occupational Therapist in Australia.
Post-assessment recommendations may involve:
  • referral to other therapists to see for ongoing therapy
  • prescribing equipment
  • providing education & resources, and
  • linking you in with peer support (where possible)
  • follow up sessions
Having built up a network of professional colleagues across Australia, Michelle is often able to find a therapist in the area who is able to help you work towards your goals.


Everyone’s presentation and needs are different. That’s why no two people are given the same list of recommendations. Michelle’s assessments follow the lead of the information you share with her, helping to paint a picture of what is problematic for you, and what needs addressing. Michelle’s recommendations are a response to those identified needs.


Whether you live with hypermobility, POTS/Dysautonomia, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue or Chronic Pain, Michelle is equipped to assess your individual situation and provide professional advice on how to move forward.