Published on 29 January 2014
Occupational therapists from across the Sunshine Coast gathered recently to welcome 38 Bachelor of Occupational Therapy graduands from the University of the Sunshine Coast to the profession.
This annual USC celebration, held at Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club, honoured students who completed their four-year OT degrees in November and who are set to graduate in April. USC Discipline Leader in Occupational Therapy Professor Marion Gray said the event was an important way to recognise the academic and practice skills accomplished by students on campus and during fieldwork placements.
“Each year we seize the opportunity to welcome these practice-ready individuals into the profession of occupational therapy and to honour their clinical educators,” she said.
The highlight of the celebration was the presentation of industry-sponsored awards to high-achieving students. They were:
- Claire Maike (Adapt Health Care Occupational Therapy Award for Professionalism and Collegiality);
- Caroline Baker (Occupational Therapy Australia Queensland Division, Undergraduate Student Diligence Award);
- Nicola Esplin (Adapt Health Care Occupational Therapy Award for Achievement); and
- Lorraine Josey (Occupational Therapy Australia Queensland Division, Postgraduate Student Award).
USC also awarded 10 QOTFC (Queensland Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Collaborative) Practice Education Commendations to acknowledge those who provided fieldwork placements for OT students.
These went to Tegan Pinese of Montrose Access, Fiona Gray of Caloundra Hospital, Craig Greber of USC’s Child and Youth Clinic, Michelle Prange of All Bases Covered Occupational Therapy, Sharee Maddern of Eden Rehabilitation Centre, Lauren McEnery of USC’s Health Workforce, Alan Farely-Smith of CRS Maroochydore, Juliet Chapman of Nambour General Hospital, Rhianna Keong of Maleny Memorial Soldiers Hospital and Georgia Powell of USC.
As part of the celebration, PEARL (Peer Engaged Assisted Recovery Lifestyles) Program service manager Trudy Atkinson and OT student Sam Gourley delivered addresses.
— Terry Walsh