The School of Allied Health has continued to grow and in 2015 has over 80 staff and 1,912 students enrolled in the social work, public health, speech pathology and occupational therapy degree programs. Our growth in student numbers is related to the popularity of our courses and the continued roll-out of the new programs. Both the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (pass and honours programs) in Victoria and the Bachelor of Applied Public Health (Vic, NSW and Qld) have students in the final year of their programs (4th year for occupational therapy and 3rd year for public health). These programs culminate in a School conference where students will present key findings from their work. We eagerly anticipate graduates in these programs at the end of this year.
Our Brisbane colleagues and students have had the exciting task of moving into new facilities. The School offices are now to be found in K Block (first and second floors) and our students are taking advantage of new learning and teaching spaces including the occupational therapy mock apartment (K Block, ground floor) and teaching spaces in the new John Paul II building, which officially opened on March 18th.
First Clients - ACU Health Clinic
In Victoria, we have celebrated taking our first clients into the ACU Health Clinic on the Mezzanine of the Daniel Mannix Building in Melbourne. CPtherapy commenced providing specialist occupational therapy services for young children with cerebral palsy in late 2014. Led by occupational therapy experts, Dr Brian Hoare and Dr Susan Greaves, this clinic focuses on providing highly specialised, early assessment and intervention services for children with unilateral cerebral palsy (hemiplegia), aged 0 to 5 years and their families. CPtherapy provides interventions that are supported by high-quality research evidence including modified constraint-induced movement therapy, bimanual upper limb therapy, goal-directed training, splinting and upper limb strength training. Families are provided with specific home programs designed for their child. Outcomes of these interventions are evaluated using objective measurement tools, designed specifically for children with cerebral palsy. Allied Health services will continue to be developed for the ACU Clinic, providing opportunities for the community as well as our students to gain quality professional practice experiences.
The discipline of Speech Pathology proudly opened its ACU Adult Communication Clinic in February 2015, based at the Speech Pathology Clinic, level 3, Mary Glowrey Building, Melbourne. Speech pathologist and lecturer, Ms Julie Hickin is leading a team of 6 Year 3 speech pathology students who are offering communication and training services to adult clients and their carers during Semester 1. The clinic is providing much needed treatment ‘top ups’, status reviews and reassessment services to people with a past history of stroke, degenerative disease or acquired brain injury whilst also providing a quality professional practice experience for undergraduate students. The ACU Speech Pathology Clinic is an exciting new initiative. It will be further developing and growing its scope of practice and services, both at the Melbourne campus as well as newly constructed speech pathology clinics in North Sydney and Brisbane.
Any queries? Please contact Simone Arnott, National Professional Practice Coordinator (Speech Pathology), firstname.lastname@example.org.