Staff Spotlight: Lucy, Occupational Therapist

Meet Lucy, one of our Occupational Therapists in Queensland!

Lucy completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland in 2015. Before joining Better Rehab, she worked in aged care and occupational rehab in Australia, and in community rehab in England. Lucy has a particular interest in neurological and progressive conditions, such as spinal cord injuries and Multiple Sclerosis. She is also an OT Driving Assessor and works with our participants to make sure they can get behind the wheel safely and comfortably.

Read on to learn more about Lucy.

What made you study Occupational Therapy?

I had plans to study Speech Pathology initially! I attended my university’s Open Day and the Speech Pathology lecture was followed by the lecture on Occupational Therapy. While sitting there listening to how Occupational Therapists could change lives and work with people so closely around meaningful goals, I knew that it was the field for me. I have particular interest in neurological and progressive conditions, such as spinal cord injuries and Multiple Sclerosis. Finding a career where I am able to support quality of life and enjoyment in meaningful activities within these areas was incredibly rewarding.

What is your favourite part about working with our participants?

I enjoy the range of people I am able to meet and get to know. I have been fortunate to be able to work with some of my participants for years and see the opportunities that new equipment, home modifications and therapy have provided them.

I am also an OT Driving Assessor which has allowed me to support participants in such a vital and complex area in their lives. Through this I have been able to work with driving instructors and vehicle modifiers to implement helpful modifications like hand controls, spinner knobs and left foot accelerators.

Can you think of a time recently that made you feel really proud to be working with Better Rehab?

So many choices come to mind; I have been incredibly fortunate to see the growth and development of the Gold Coast Better Rehab team who make me extraordinarily proud to work with them.

I also recently had a win where I was able to work with a driving instructor and a participant, to support the participant to regain their license following an injury. He was able to pass his assessment three days before Christmas.

What is something unique or interesting about you?

In 2016, I decided to leave Australia and work in England as an Occupational Therapist. I have travelled in over twenty countries and while I may not be able to go far this year, I have plans to travel around Australia next!

If you would like to book an appointment with Lucy or another Occupational Therapist from Better Rehab, please call our friendly Admin team at 1300 0 REHAB (1300 073 422).