Collaborating in community rehabilitation: a person-centred, student-assisted service

Barker, Ruth, and Ashton, Tanya (2016) Collaborating in community rehabilitation: a person-centred, student-assisted service. In: Croker, Anne, Higgs, Joy, and Trede, Franziska, (eds.) Collaborating in Healthcare: reinterpreting therapeutic relationships. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 185-192.

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Community Rehabilitation northern Queensland (CRnQ) is a service for individuals with neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease or cerebral palsy. Inclusion of people from Indigenous, rural and remote communities is emphasised given their poor access to services yet their high rates of disability. Services are provided by qualified professionals and students of occupational therapy, speech pathology, exercise physiology, social work, physiotherapy, psychology, rehabilitation nursing and dietetics, as well as by an Indigenous rehabilitation assistant. Located by the sea in Townsville, Australia, CRnQ offers a beautiful physical environment and a stimulating social environment that is inclusive of individuals and families from all of northern Queensland (nQ). The purpose of CRnQ is to provide a rehabilitation service for the people of northern Queensland, while at the same time, providing clinical placements for health professional students from James Cook University (JCU). Accordingly, individuals with neurological conditions are "participants" rather than just recipients of the service as they actively contribute as teachers of students and staff. Together, we share a strong sense of contributing to an innovative community venture for nQ, that began with federal funding as a result of a five year collaborative effort by university, health providers and community members. As the authors of this story, we are describing the work of a strong and passionate team, one that we have been fortunate to lead. Ruth has been the clinical leader and instrumental in the conception and piloting of the service, in lobbying for funding and in service establishment. Tanya has been the senior social worker who joined the fledgling service along the way and played a pivotal role in enriching the strength-based, person-centred model of service delivery. In writing this narrative collaboratively, we prepared our respective stories separately with minimal discussion leading up to it. Once committed to our own stories we met and discussed how we could reflect on the RESPECT Model of Collaboration (Croker, 2011). Hence the two narratives remain largely the work of each author, while our reflection on the RESPECT Model is the product of our combined efforts.

Item ID: 48837
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-94-6300-804-4
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 00:14
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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