16 July 2013
Occupational Therapy students at the University of the Sunshine Coast are helping children across the region through a new campus clinic that also provides services in homes and schools.
The new Occupational Therapy Child and Youth Clinic is an initiative of the University and is funded by Health Workforce Australia as an Australian Government initiative.
Clinic Director and USC Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy Dr Craig Greber said the clinic was extending the range of therapy services available to Sunshine Coast children while offering practical education for USC students in the second, third or fourth years of their degrees.
The University has partnered with Talara Primary College, Caloundra State School, Currimundi Special School and Caloundra Kindergarten for the clinic.
“Occupational therapy services help people to participate in the activities that occupy their lives and, for children, much of their time is spent either learning or playing,” Dr Greber said.
“These partnerships enable our students to gain experience in providing therapy in home and school contexts, as well as through the on-campus clinic.”
Dr Greber said the clinic operated on campus at Sippy Downs on Fridays, providing specialised interventions that address areas of development causing dysfunction in daily activities.
“These include areas such as neuromuscular, fine motor and visual perceptual development, perceptual-motor delay and sensory processing issues, where those factors impact on a child’s ability to participate in everyday life,” he said.
“We currently liaise with other stakeholders and service providers across the Sunshine Coast to expand the array of therapy services available to families, and to provide ongoing education for parents and education staff.”
The clinic will have an official opening this month.
For inquiries about the clinic, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Julie Schomberg