FitSkills: Changing attitudes towards disability one chest press at a time

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Professor in Clinical and Community Practice (Allied Health, Northern Health), College of Science, Health and Engineering

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FitSkills: Changing attitudes towards disability one chest press at a time

Young people with disability have poorer health and have higher rates of obesity and diabetes than their typically developing peers. This could be prevented by increased exercise. However, they typically do not participate in exercise because of their need for social support and a lack of suitable programs. 

Physiotherapy students’ attitudes towards people with disability are less positive than students from other health disciplines. A reason for this may be their lack of exposure to disability during their training.  So what happens when you put a young people with disability together with a physiotherapy student mentor?  The result is better health and better attitudes to disability.

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