Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology students are enjoying the benefits of ACU’s new purpose built facilities at 8-10 Berry St, “Champagnet House” North Sydney. The building is named after St Marcellin Champagnet, founder of the Marist Brothers and a champion of education.
The building also includes observation rooms with one way mirrors and video recording facilities for students to observe client sessions. In 2015 student led clinics will commence for speech pathology and will later be extended to occupational therapy. These facilities will also enable data collection for research projects involving clients.
The occupational therapy students are utilising the mock apartment which includes a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and study. The students are able to do simulated learning and work with clients to develop skills in rehabilitation and environmental modification. This has enabled us to give the students some real life experiences early in their programme which they are really enjoying. This will be further utilised in 2015 when they commence their neurological rehabilitation units. The splinting space is state of the art, incorporating video display to enable the hand therapist to demonstrate splinting techniques that can be readily viewed from the students work bench.
The staff and students are also enjoying spectacular views!