Flexibility in the North: education to meet the unique, challenging and diverse needs of occupational therapy students

Zeldenryk, Lynne, and Gray, Marion (2009) Flexibility in the North: education to meet the unique, challenging and diverse needs of occupational therapy students. In: Proceedings of 2009 OT AUSTRALIA NT 6th Biennial Conference OT In the NT Diverse, Unique, Challenging. From: 2009 OT AUSTRALIA NT 6th Biennial Conference OT In the NT Diverse, Unique, Challenging, 21 - 23 May 2009, Darwin, NT, Australia.

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Abstract

Occupational Therapy Students from James Cook University, Townsville, face many unique, challenging and diverse needs when compared to the average Australian university student. This poster will summarise findings from research which reveals the complex social, financial and educational challenges facing students studying occupational therapy within regional Queensland. Participants (N=170) were surveyed using a quantitative survey tool on a range of items covering demographics, life commitments and flexible learning preferences. Findings indicate that flexible learning options such as distance education and online learning would assist students to balance challenging work, family and social commitments. Results informed development of the first flexible delivery occupational therapy program in Australia. The poster will outline how program development provided flexible learning options for students with unique and diverse needs access occupational therapy training.

Item ID: 9716
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2010 02:59
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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