Developing curriculum to meet community rehabilitation needs: a multidisciplinary approach to education

Zeldenryk, Lynne (2008) Developing curriculum to meet community rehabilitation needs: a multidisciplinary approach to education. In: Proceedings of the 2008 National SARRAH Conference. From: 2008 National SARRAH Conference , 27-30 August 2008, Yeppoon, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

It is increasingly acknowledged that community based therapists face unique and challenging situations when working in rural and remote settings. Skills required within community based therapy roles are specialised, multi-faceted and demanding, particularly within rural practice. In response to the expressed needs of clinicians, managers and clients of community rehabilitation services, James Cook University undertook a year long project aimed at increasing curriculum that prepared allied health students to work in community based roles. This project was undertaken using feedback from clinicians and managers to develop curriculum that would prepare graduates for the specific demands and skills required of therapists working in community based settings. The university was particularly focused on the development of graduate attributes which prepared students for practice in rural and remote community settings. The paper will outline specific outcomes which occurred as a result of the project. Feedback from students will be discussed, with a discussion of their expectations and views surrounding working within community settings. Future directions within the university will be discussed in regards to postgraduate study options for clinicians working in rural and remote regions. Finally, the curriculum's relevance to rural and remote practice will be discussed with a particular focus on potential outcomes for community based services and rural and remote regions.

Item ID: 9718
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
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Funders: QLD Health Community Rehabilitation Project
Projects and Grants: 'Enhancing community rehabilitation in undergraduate and post graduate offerings at James Cook University' Project
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2010 01:21
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 100%
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