Dr Kristy Coxon is the Academic Course Advisor for Occupational Therapy at Western Sydney University. She is a registered occupational therapist with a PhD in Public Health from the University of Sydney. She graduated from the University of Western Sydney Macarthur (UWS) in 1999 with first class honours and the university medal. Since graduation, Kristy has gained 20 years’ experience in clinical practice, education and research. Clinically, Kristy worked in Western Sydney across the health care continuum in acute, rehabilitation and outpatient occupational therapy services. Kristy has been involved in program development, program evaluation, and represented allied health on area wide collaboratives in clinical care.
Kristy's PhD research evaluated the effectiveness of an individualised program to promote safety and maintain mobility for drivers aged 75 years and older. This research has helped inform policy and practice in the area and bought about important insights into ways to assist older people maintain community mobility regardless of their driving status. Kristy has an ongoing program of research with older drivers including a four year follow up study of a large cohort of community-living older drivers and investigation into their use of seat belt and seat accessories. Kristy is also exploring the use of powered two-wheeled motorbikes in children. She has established a strong research profile in the areas of transport, community mobility, safety and injury prevention. Her research is driven by a strong interest in optimising participation and independence while preserving safety in community groups. Kristy has presented papers at conferences both nationally and internationally, and has over 26 peer-reviewed publications and reports.
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