Allied Health update

Allied Health update

Co-creating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum through multidisciplinary and cross-cultural consultation, collaboration and relationship building

Established in mid-2015, the School of Allied Health Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum working group has focused on embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content within the curricular of the School. A group of academics from Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Public Health, has consciously set aside disciplinary differences, striving instead to celebrate, support and work towards a common goal. In collaboration with Aboriginal social work academic, Dr Bindi Bennett, the group have established protocols about cross-cultural consultation and collaboration. These have been critical in ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait knowledge remains central.

Outcomes have been substantial, including the development of an OLT funding proposal, the gaining of an ACU teaching and learning grants and the development of new relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders who have provided a range of guidance about curriculum. The group’s plans and goals for 2016 reflect a determination and commitment to progressing the objectives of the 2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework.

New graduates in Occupational Therapy and Public Health

The School of Allied Health will graduate its first cohort of students in Occupational Therapy and Public Health in 2016 in ceremonies for Melbourne (OT & PH), North Sydney (PH) and Brisbane (PH). It is exciting to see the culmination of work by academics in the program to deliver a high quality curricular and the efforts and professionalism of students who have successfully completed their degrees.

Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR): Enabling diversity across the lifespan

On the 4th March, 2016 the Faculty of Health Sciences launched the new Centre for Disability and Development Research: Enabling diversity across the lifespan. CeDDR is an international research collaboration that is designed to build knowledge of childhood disability – its mechanisms, consequences over the lifecourse and treatment innovations. Covering aspects of basic and applied research, the work will be dedicated to benefitting children with developmental impairments and chronic health conditions, and their families, through high impact research that influences practice and policy.

Professor Christine Imms, Head of School of Allied Health and Professor of Occupational Therapy and Professor Peter Wilson, Professor of Psychology are the Directors of CeDDR and they bring with them a wealth of knowledge on childhood disability.  CeDDR’s international partners consist of McMaster University’s CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research; Radboud University’s Behavioural Science Institute; The Center for Cerebral Palsy Research at Teachers College, Columbia University; and Jonkoping’s CHILD Research Centre.

Associated with the launch are visits by the following key Professorial partners in CeDDR’s research:

  • Professor Peter Rosenbaum, Professor of Paediatrics, McMaster University
  • Professor Mats Granlund, Professor of Disability Research & Psychology, Jonkoping University
  • Professor Andrew Gordon, Professor in Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Professor Bert Steenbergen, Professor of Behavioural Science, Radboud University

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