Supporting WA Occupational Therapists Working With Children

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Date: Wednesday, 6 December 2023
Time: 6.30pm

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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If you are interested in joining the DOT(WA) Executive Committee, we still have a few positions to be filled!

View all the roles here

The Executive Committee hold meetings about every two months (usually one or two weeks before the main meeting) primarily via Zoom for about 90 minutes. Many of the positions only require a couple of hours input a year for the specific role- plus it’s a great way to gain some CPD hours! If you have any questions about the roles or joining the committee, please do not hesitate to reach out to the committee at [email protected].

To nominate or with any questions please contact us at [email protected].



Thank you to Scott for his wonderful presentation sharing his passion and knowledge about early mobility opportunities and how these can be supported technology.

Presentation slides and video recording are available.