Professional development sessions

ACU’s School of Allied Health is pleased to offer free professional development sessions, or ‘speed sessions’, to our placement providers, university students and alumni.

These brief recordings cover clinical practice and research topics relating to allied health: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work and speech pathology. The sessions are pre-recorded by ACU academics and collaborators and emailed to subscribers each month.

This professional development program is for allied health professionals, university students and ACU alumni, and aims to support ongoing learning throughout their careers and studies.

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Session schedule for 2024

March The art and science of motivating students on placement Dr John Mahoney
Senior Lecturer, School of Behavioural and Health Sciences, ACU
March Supporting oral language and early literacy with shared book reading Dr Tessa Weadman
Lecturer, School of Education, La Trobe University
March Do students benefit from interprofessional education in allied health student-led clinics? Ms Danielle Czapnik
Lecturer in Speech Pathology, ACU
PhD Candidate, University of Queensland
April Supervision of students on social work placements Dr Jennifer McConachy
Senior Lecturer and National Professional Practice Lead of Social Work, ACU
April Stakeholder involvement in our practice Associate Professor Margaret Wallen
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, ACU
April The Cross Bracing Protocol for ACL ruptures Ms Clare Walsh
Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist
Sessional Academic, ACU
April Capacity building in the NDIS Dr Dijana Dragicevich
Speech Pathology National Manager and Professional Lead, Bloom Health Care
May Using narrative therapy tools in clinical social work practice Ms Jane Hutton
Social Worker; Individual, Couples and Family Therapist
May Improving discharge communication and post-discharge support for increased participation after stroke Dr Jacinta Sheehan
Occupational Therapist and Researcher, La Trobe University
May Virtual simulated patients in health professional education   Ms Alison Blunt
Lecturer in Physiotherapy and National Lead for Simulation and Specialised Learning Environments (Physiotherapy), ACU
May Working with multilingual children: How can I assess speech in a language that I don’t speak? Ms Kate Margetson
Speech Pathologist
PhD Candidate, Charles Sturt University
June Parent experiences after final orders Ms Natalie Morton
Lecturer in Social Work, ACU
PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
June Getting guidelines into practice: strategies for knowledge translation in neurological rehabilitation Dr Liana Cahill
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, ACU
June An update on concussion in women’s contact sports Ms Shreya McLeod
Lecturer in Physiotherapy, ACU
PhD Candidate, University of Newcastle
June The association between reading difficulties and mental health: what we know so far Professor Genevieve McArthur
Professor in the Australian Centre for the Advancement of Literacy (ACU)
Director of Research Translation at Dyslexia SPELD Foundation
July Working with students experiencing difficulty on placement Dr Jennifer McConachy
Senior Lecturer and National Professional Practice Lead of Social Work, ACU
July Perspectives and experiences of allied health students, professional practice educators and international partners in Timor-Leste and Bhutan participating in telehealth placements Ms Natalie Roche
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, ACU
PhD Candidate, La Trobe University
August Welfare stigma Dr Sonia Martin
Senior Lecturer in Social Work, ACU
August The role of allied health practitioners in environmental planning and re-design: consideration of intergenerational design and practices within complex systems Ms Hannah Forbes
Final-year PhD Candidate and Sessional Academic in Occupational Therapy, ACU
August Cultural responsiveness in action: implications for workforce development and culturally safe health care for First Nations Peoples Associate Professor Michael Reynolds
Deputy Head of School, School of Allied Health, ACU
September Using tools with children, youth and families Dr Elise Woodman
Senior Lecturer in Social Work, ACU
September How to address sexuality in health care Dr Claire Lynch
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, ACU
September Virtual simulated patient cases in undergraduate physiotherapy curriculum Ms Carolyn Gates
Lecturer in Physiotherapy, ACU
September Developmental Language Disorder in an Australian population: learning from the generations in the Raine Study Dr Samuel Calder
Lecturer in Speech Pathology, University of Tasmania
October Mental health and social work Dr Aniqa Farwa
Senior Lecturer in Social Work, ACU
October Failing professional practice: through the students’ eyes. What are we missing? Miss Wendy Milgate
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, ACU
October A snapshot into a guide for supporting students with DLD at school Mr Shaun Ziegenfusz
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, DLD Project
Lecturer in Speech Pathology and PhD Candidate, Griffith University
October Motor imagery and resistance training considerations for older adults Dr Vaughan Nicholson
Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, ACU
November Providing therapeutic groups in the private practice space: perceptions of private practice occupational therapists servicing community-dwellers with ABI Ms Cheryl Kotzur
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, ACU
November  Implementation of robot-assisted upper limb therapy for stroke survivors within an Australian rehabilitative setting  Dr Nick Flynn
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, ACU
November  Botulinum Toxin-A treatment updates in paediatric cerebral palsy and physiotherapy management Ms Adrienne Kniha
Children’s Physiotherapist
November Barriers to achievement: teachers discuss their practice of reading instruction Dr Tina Daniel
Lecturer in Education, ACU and Australian Centre for the Advancement of Literacy (ACU)

Note: Topics and presenters are subject to change. 

SoAH Speed Sessions (PDF, 417 KB)

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