I have long been fascinated by mobility as a core occupational construct. This came from my involvement in a series of symposia on the mobility paradigm over about a decade. I believe that occupational therapists are concerned with mobility as an occupation – from how walking brings us into contact with nature and our community, through all the different modalities of transport that shape the ways that we move.
For four years, I was part of a team that achieved a HRC grant of $1million. The project title is “Older Drivers, families and GPs: Navigating the path between mobility and safety”. My role was to explore GP views and experiences with fitness-to-drive assessments. This led me to explore the ethical issues that arise through this practice and how we are responsible to give back to people, when we remove a license ‘for the public good’.