Welcome to
OT 4 Life Skills

This service is for youth and adults with mental health issues, autism and/or intellectual disability and targets the unique needs of the person involved.

OT 4 Life Skills is a mobile service providing Occupational Therapy with all sessions conducted in your home or in the community.

OT 4 Life Skills is based in the Ballarat area and provides services in Ballarat, Central Highlands and Pyrenees Shire.

Our focus is on working with you at “doing”, “being”, “ becoming” and “connecting” so you can achieve your goals and live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

“Life takes on meaning in the minute-by-minute reality in which we experience ourselves achieving the ordinary things”

Dr Gary Kielhofner

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking down complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.”

Mark Twain

Julie Schlemmer

Julie Schlemmer is a registered Occupational Therapist with over 30 years’ experience in a range of health settings in clinical and senior clinical roles. During that time, she has worked in clinical mental health settings including acute, community and recovery focussed programs with clients across the lifespan. More recently, she has worked in the disability field and has a particular interest in mental health and autism, capacity building and promotion of health, wellbeing and resilience. Julie works in a trauma-informed, supportive, collaborative and person-centred way.

Know More

Occupational Therapists working in mental health help people to achieve the everyday activities that people engage in and find meaningful. They draw on a range of psychological and occupational therapy strategies to help people understand and cope with their daily function, productivity and capacity through the prescription of graded tasks and activities.

We will work with you to:

  • achieve your goals at home, work and in the community.
  • Do the things you want to do (e.g., looking after yourself, working, engaging in leisure and social activities)
  • Build your ability to participate in the community
  • Create and lead a meaningful life

We will work with you to


Achieve your goals at home, work and in the community.


Do the things you want to do (e.g., looking after yourself, working, engaging in leisure and social activities)


Build your ability to participate in the community


Create and lead a meaningful life

What We Service Provide

At OT 4 Life Skills we work with you and your support team. We help you to improve your mental health and wellbeing through individualised assessment and therapy programs.

We spend time getting to know you, your goals and your aspirations and then Identify and tackle what gets in the way of a life worth living. This may involve completing an assessment to find out what you can do now and what will be a challenge to your independence. We will also complete any necessary reports for NDIS.



  • Complete functional assessments
  • Strategies to increase independence in taking care of yourself (self-care), contributing to society (productivity) and doing things that you enjoy (leisure)
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Assist you to manage routines and daily activities
  • Modify tasks to make them easier to perform


  • Assisting you to deal with stress and emotions better
  • Developing self-care strategies and coping strategies
  • Psychoeducation and relapse prevention
  • Understanding and managing sensory needs
  • Understanding motivation to get the best out of your day


  • “Help you to identify interests and goals”
  • Strategies to help you reach your goals and thrive
  • Housing assessments for SDA application
  • SIL assessments to assist you to receive the required supports to live as independently as possible


  • Linking with the community and increasing social participation
  • Developing social and communication skills