Participation: Motives, Methods and Measures (P3M) symposium
The inaugural Participation: Motives, Methods and Measures (P3M) symposium hosted by the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR) and ACU was held from March 14-16 2017. Over 80 researchers and practitioners from 10 different countries attended the 3 day symposium. Professors Christine Imms and Peter Wilson, Directors of CeDDR are delighted with the resounding success of the symposium and look forward to ongoing collaborations that were initiated.
The Symposium addressed the many complex issues surrounding the concept and measurement of participation, as well as how to develop and assess the effectiveness of interventions to promote participation across a range of life situations including at home, in school, and in the community through physical activity, recreation and creative arts. It was a wonderful opportunity for practitioners, parents and researchers to get together to discuss the topic of participation.
Keynote speakers from Australia, Professor Christine Imms (ACU) and Professor Jenny Ziviani (University of Queensland), Ms Vicki Cavalieros (Cerebral Palsy Support Network) Sweden, Professor Mats Granlund, Canada, Professor Peter Rosenbaum, along with expert panel presentations, raised a range of critical issues for discussion and future research, which included:
What constitutes involvement and engagement when defining participation and whether these hold different meanings;
The challenges of measuring the involvement aspect of participation;
How to best enhance participation outcomes.
Participation: Motives, Methods and Measures (P3M) symposium hosted by the Centre for Disability and Development Research (CeDDR) and ACU
Indigenous Allied Health activities
Exciting developments in Indigenous Allied Health activities continue with large numbers of School of Allied Health academics attending the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Curriculum Workshop in Canberra in December 2016. In addition, in February 2017, staff and students attended the IAHA Celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Professionals hosted by the Hon. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull MP in Canberra. IAHA full members Matthew West - podiatrist, and Nicola Barker - a social work student were among the Allied Health attendees. In Melbourne, National Close the Gap Day (March 17th) was also attended by School students and staff.
We congratulate Dr Simone Arnott who is a member of the Project Team selected by Speech Pathology Australia to lead the Clinical Education in Australia project. This is a great way to further promote and develop quality professional practice experiences for our Speech Pathology students.
Occupational Therapy in Rome
The Occupational Therapy discipline took one of their units to Rome in February 2017. Associate Professor Elspeth Froude and Associate Professor Loretta Sheppard ran the unit in intensive mode for two weeks. They had an excellent group of students who were able to work together to ensure it was an enjoyable and rich learning experience. Rome was a very good setting to teach the unit, and having a mix of students from different campuses enabled opportunities to continue to build our national school culture.
Occupational Therapy students and staff at the Papal audience in Rome
Since December 2016, and over the past few weeks, the School has farewelled some staff – Michelle Marrington (SW QLD), Lieve de Clercq (OT VIC), Alice Wilkin (PH VIC) and Kerry Adam (OT QLD) – and we thank them for their contributions to the School and its activities.
In addition we continue to warmly welcome new staff across all disciplines and campuses: Klaus Gebel (PH NSW), Rimante Ronto (PH NSW), Danielle Czapnik (SP VIC), Natasha Salimbeni (SW NSW), Margaret Wallen (OT NSW), Michael Dunn (SP NSW), Nisrine El Choueifati (SP NSW), Sera Harris (SW NSW), Claire Lynch (OT VIC), Annette Joosten (OT VIC), Sharon Crosbie (SP QLD), Katherine Cooper (SP QLD), Jennifer O’Brian (OT VIC), Julie Hughes (OT VIC), Melanie Lowe (PH VIC).