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Staff profile – Dave Parsons

Name: Dave Parsons.

Title: Lecturer and Postgraduate Course Coordinator – Occupational Therapy.

School: School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work.

Campus: Bentley.

How long have you worked at Curtin?

Four years.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

Private practice in the area of hand and upper limb rehabilitation.

What do you like best about your role?  

Really getting to know individual students and assisting them to achieve their learning goals, often in the presence of significant challenges.

Dave Parsons, Lecturer and Postgraduate Course Coordinator – Occupational Therapy.
Dave Parsons, Lecturer and Postgraduate Course Coordinator – Occupational Therapy.

Why did you choose your current career path?

I have always enjoyed working with people and constantly learning and discovering new things. This career allows me to do both.

First job?

Private practice at the Hand and Upper Limb Centre.

Worst job?

Haven’t really had one. I’ve enjoyed all of my roles, each for very different reasons.

What project are you currently working on and what does it involve?

I am currently working with Dr. Lei Cui and his team in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on a project using 3D printing technology to develop a bespoke exoskeleton for the hand to use in the rehabilitation process. The project is still in the R&D phase and hopes to improve rehabilitation outcomes in relation to hand and upper limb injuries and conditions.

Your favourite place in the world and why?

The beach, just love the sun and water.

Your favourite cuisine and why?

Indian, love the complex flavours and naan bread.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Embrace change. It is here to stay.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?

I am a volunteer surf life saver.