Date: Wednesday, 6 December 2023
Topic: Understanding Suitability to Drive.
Presenter: Chris Pearce.
Managing Director & Certified Driver Occupational Therapist at Occupational Therapy Services Group.
WA Rep for OT Australia’s National Driving Taskforce Chair of OT Australia’s WA Divisional Council.
Chris Pearce attained a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Curtin University in 2006 and is a passionate occupational therapist with a wide range of experience. Over the past 20 years, Chris has established the OT Services Group private practice, expanding this service over the years to become a key stakeholder in community based and specialty occupational therapy services in WA. Within his specialty area of practice, driving, Chris has been instrumental in developing this service area, both locally and nationally.
Chris currently represents WA on the National Driving Taskforce, co-convenes the WA Driving Interest Group and is the Chair of the WA Division of OT Australia. He has a long- standing history with OT Australia, and enjoys having input into a range of policies shaping our profession, and is passionate about unifying the profession in this ever-changing environment. Chris has also been involved in research and service development, presenting at many state and national conferences.
This presentation will cover the core aspects in supporting someone to return to, or begin driving with a medical impairment –
– OT Driver Assessment and training processes
– Department of Transport processes and medical standards for private and commercial licences
– Community mobility and alternatives to driving
– Vehicle Modifications
– When and how to refer and how to prepare someone to begin or return to driving
– NDIS processes and other funding schemes available
– WA based suppliers and regional services
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