My first six months of practice provided good grounding in the acute orthopaedic and medical settings of Whangarei Hospital. From there I moved into Community based rehabilitation where I remained for the next six years. During this tenure I managed a varied caseload and gained experience working with people with a wide range of medical conditions including Amputations, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Motor Neurone disease.
For these clients I provided physical and cognitive rehabilitation within the scope of occupational therapy; functional and compensatory strategies for managing ADL’s; vocational rehabilitation and graded return to work plans; and community reintegration following neurological events.
In 2012 I joined the team at Burwood Hospital in Canterbury where I spent three years working in the Driving and Vehicle Assessment service. I completed the University of Sydney training course in February of 2014, becoming a credentialed Driving and Vehicle assessor with Enable NZ shortly afterwards.
The main component of my work at Burwood was managing a Ministry of Health contract for driving assessment of people with medical conditions. Where appropriate, recommendations were made for either driving cessation, due to the progressive effects of the condition on safety, or driving enablement through the provision of suitable modifications to compensate for physical limitations.
Now back in the North, I am very pleased to be working with the team at AIM, and look forward to expanding on my experience in vocational rehabilitation, as well as being able to utilise my skillset in driving and vehicle assessment.