Kathryn Townsend B.Occ.Ther; Grad.Cert.HealthSciences; MAOT
Kathryn is a senior clinician occupational therapist in Melbourne. She currently works in a community-based service providing occupational therapy services to veterans and war widows. She has also worked in inpatient rehabilitation, home-based services; and is a trained occupational therapy driver assessor. Her interest in powered mobility device assessment and training developed 10 years ago, when safety concerns were raised about a client’s ability to use his scooter. Kathryn developed the original version of the assessment tool, which was later developed into the PoMoDATT. The PoMoDATT inter-rater reliability study was completed as part of the course requirements for her Masters in Advanced Occupational Therapy. She has conducted workshops and conference presentations and published an article about powered mobility device use. Kathryn is passionate about the way that PMD use can positively impact on users’ quality of life and community participation.
Carolyn A. Unsworth BAppSci (Occ.Ther); PhD
Carolyn Unsworth is Professor of Occupational Therapist at Central Queensland University. Carolyn’s research focuses on enabling people with age-related health declines or disabilities to access the community through driving a car or using powered wheelchairs or mobility scooters. She conducts research on the assessment of fitness-to-drive, determining the most effective rehabilitation interventions for people wishing to resume driving after accident or injury, improving access for people using powered mobility devices on public transport and ensuring people have the skills to powered mobility devices safely. In addition to her work on development of the PoMoDATT, Carolyn has also developed a clinic-based assessment of fitness-to-drive (OT-DORA Battery) and a patient outcome measure (AusTOMs-OT www.austoms.com), which are all used internationally. Professor Unsworth has published over 130 journal articles and book chapters, and two books.