Positive feedback for student projects
The students will be presenting the findings of their 10-week project placements to occupational therapists and managers of local health services during a conference at the Visual Arts Centre in View Street.
Occupational therapy course coordinator, Dr Carol McKinstry said the project topics were all proposed by local and regional health and community services and the feedback on the high quality of work by students has been extremely positive.
‘Students looked at a range of issues from developing educational material on heat health or Code Red days for the Karen community to establishing a case to expand Bendigo Health renal services to include occupational therapy,’ said Dr McKinstry.
For the Bendigo Community Health project relating to fire safety and heat health, the students developed a range of education material including fridge magnets, a code red pamphlet highlighting places of last resort and radio recording transcripts to be translated into Karen for code red days. They worked with the CFA and Department of Health to ensure consistency across the various services.
Dr McKinstry said the projects have provided the students with an opportunity to learn project management skills in addition to increasing their knowledge in specific areas such as mental health and paediatrics.
Keynote speaker for the conference is Sally Harris, Bendigo Health Director of Allied Health and Chief Occupational Therapist.
Dr McKinstry said that ‘Bendigo Health was instrumental in advocating for an occupational therapy course in Bendigo to address workforce shortages and the course began in 2009. Twenty four students will graduate this year and almost half have already secured positions in regional Victoria’.
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