AN IN­DUS­TRY ON THE RISE

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Laura Rixon, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist (OT)

WHAT’S YOUR ROLE?

Es­sen­tially I work on in­creas­ing the in­de­pen­dence of em­ploy­ees with dis­abil­i­ties in the work­place. That means I look at what a per­son can do and how we can change our en­vi­ron­ment, job or learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to max­imise that per­son’s pro­duc­tiv­ity. I have done one-on-one train­ing, bath­room mod­i­fi­ca­tions and er­gonomic re­designs of work sta­tions.

WHAT’S YOUR QUAL­I­FI­CA­TION?

Bach­e­lor of Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­apy from the Univer­sity of Queens­land

WHAT WERE YOU DO­ING BE­FORE THIS ROLE?

I grad­u­ated in 2013, worked for two years at Royal Bris­bane Hospi­tal in men­tal health, then when I moved to Ade­laide about 18 months ago I started at Bed­ford.

WHY WORK IN DIS­ABIL­ITY?

It’s a group that is so of­ten over­looked. I was re­ally drawn to want­ing to max­imise their strengths and dreams and give a voice to the of­ten un­heard. It’s amaz­ing what peo­ple can achieve.

Pic­ture: MATT LOXTON

LEVEL PEGGING: Oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Laura Rixon.

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