Developing a Training Programme for mobility equipment in rural Papua New Guinea

Physiotherapy student Anna and Occupational Therapy student Jo joined Australian Occupational Therapy students Kate & Brooklyn from James Cook University in Townsville for this 100% virtual placement in January 2021. Their project was to support the provision of mobility equipment provided to members of a small rural community in Keapara in Papua New Guinea and … Read more

Student Lecturers

In September 2020, we partnered with Coventry University to “exchange” Occupational Therapy students in the role of student lecturers. Gemma & Lucy from UW went to CU for 8 weeks, and Peggy & Swayta from CU became part of the UW family for 12 weeks. “At the start, I expected it to be straightforward and … Read more

Creating a Sensory Cabin – special school placement

One of our local special schools, Fort Royal, regularly offer placements with the Occupational Therapist who works there privately one day per week. The placement was supervised at a distance, by a qualified Occupational Therapist who works at the school one day per week as a private practitioner. Alison was able to spend time within … Read more

Australian Playground Project – 100% virtual Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy placement

Leah and Lisa carried out a project to design a playground for a mainstream school in Australia. They worked alongside Australian Occupational Therapy students from James Cook University to develop playground designs for age-appropriate, safe playground equipment for a new school build. Each year group needed a specific space to maximise their potential and meet … Read more

Developing an Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy Service in a Mainstream School

The Challenges and Joys of a Contemporary Placement  Janet and Becky carried out a 10-week, part time placement at a mainstream primary school. This was the first time that the school had opened their doors to healthcare students and they were keen to see what value therapy students could add to their inclusive provision. Previously I hadn’t done any Occupational … Read more