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Carolyn Unsworth

PhD, OTR
Professor - Occupational Therapy
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Appleton Institute
(03) 9616 0504
Bundaberg: (07) 4150 7156 Alternative Phone
Melbourne
120 Spencer St - Room 4.02
Melbourne VIC 3000
About Me

Professor Carolyn Unsworth received her BAppSci(OccTher) (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy) (1989) and PhD (1994) from La Trobe University Australia, and is a registered occupational therapist in the USA (OTR) since (1994).  

Dr Unsworth is an internationally respected researcher and educator, having provided undergraduate and post-graduate seminars, lectures and courses in Australia, USA, UK, Sweden and Singaopre in her specialty areas of community transport mobility and driving, cognitive and perceptual problems following acquired brain damage, and evidence-based practice.  Carolyn is currently Professor of Occupational Therapy at Central Queensland University and holds Adjunct Professorial appointments at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Jönköping University, Sweden, and Curtin University in Perth, Australia.  She also held the position of Visiting Professor at London South Bank University for the term 2010- 2011.  

Carolyn has authored over 120 journal articles and book chapters as well as developing two published assessments.  She has presented over 100 conference papers and keynote presentations internationally. Carolyn currently serves on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy and Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, and was on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy for eight years.  She has served as guest editor for Special Issues on Community Mobility for the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal (2012) and British Journal of Occupational Therapy (2015).

Carolyn’s research interests focus on the occupation of community transport mobility.  This includes her work on driver assessment and rehabilitation, and scooter and powered wheelchair use and access on public transport. Carolyn also researches and publishes in the related fields of clinical reasoning and decision making, outcomes measurement research, rehabilitation following acquired brain injury and evidence-based practice.  Her research has included the development of two published assessments.  The first was published by LaTrobe University in 2004 (with further editions in 2007 and 2014) and is a global outcome measure called the AusTOMs-OT (Australian Therapy Outcome Measures for Occupational Therapy), which is used internationally and has been translated into Swedish and Arabic. The second assessment was published by the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2011 and is a standardised off-road assessment that occupational therapy driver assessors can use with clients called the OT-DORA (Occupational therapy- Driver Off-Road Assessment).

 

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  • Other Medical and Health Sciences

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Medical And Health Sciences

Clinical Sciences - Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
Community transport mobility. Driver assessment and rehabilitation. Scooter and powered wheelchair use and access on public transport. Clinical reasoning and decision making. Outcomes measurement research. Rehabilitation following acquired brain injury. Evidence-based practice.

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