AN INDUSTRY ON THE RISE
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.
LEVEL PEGGING: Occupational therapist Laura Rixon.