Inspirational teachers in Community and Clinical Health

Meet our inspirational teachers and find out how they are preparing health professionals for the workforce

Kylie Gran

Kylie Gran brings her passion for orthoptics to her role as Clinic Coordinator at the La Trobe Eye Clinic.

Classroom to clinic. I am passionate about working as an orthoptist and have a particular interest in paediatric vision and ocular motility. It’s an incredibly interesting and enjoyable area and I love sharing it with students.

Most of my teaching takes place in the internal clinic. This is where students have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge and practical skills to a clinical setting. It’s essential that our students graduate with this experience so that they are ready for practice.

Practice makes perfect. I encourage students to do the best assessment possible for each patient. This means understanding the patient’s unique needs, using good technique when undertaking tests, and drawing sound conclusions from their assessment findings. Each patient presents an opportunity to learn. My students often become motivated when they can see how all the pieces of the clinical puzzle fit together.

Grow and flourish. One of my favourite things about teaching is watching a student’s progression from their first week on placement to their final week, as they put their classroom learning into practice. It’s very rewarding to watch a student become more confident, able to undertake a thorough examination and provide excellent eyecare. Knowing that I helped them to develop their capabilities in paediatric and ocular motility orthoptics is a wonderful feeling.

Dr Rachel Davenport

Dr Rachel Davenport, Course Coordinator for the Master of Speech Pathology degree, says preparing students to be agents of their own learning is key to their success.

A vital role. I coordinate clinical placement subjects which enable our students to learn the practical skills they need to become speech pathologists. My role involves supporting students and their external clinical educators (who are practising speech pathologists) during placements.

Taking charge. Many of our students have reasons why they were inspired to enter the profession and are already motivated to become the best speech pathologists they can be. I build on this by helping them to develop  agency, including problem-solving skills, which is vital for their success on placement and throughout their careers. I will often coach students individually when they need help with a situation on placement, walking alongside them while supporting them to work through it as independently as possible.

The learning journey. I love seeing students develop over two years of clinical learning, from being novices to becoming ready to enter the profession. Each student’s learning journey is unique and I feel privileged that I get to journey alongside them. One of the most rewarding things for me is to see students encounter an obstacle, then devise a plan to overcome it.

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