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1 Occupational Therapy Overview and Initiatives: Meeting the challenge Assoc Professor Sylvia Rodger Dr Jodie Copley Ms Cate Fitzgerald October 31 2007 Placement Showcase T and L Week UQ

2 Overview The CRISIS The CRISIS OUR RESPONSES OUR RESPONSES Strategic initiatives – Queensland OT Fieldwork Collaborative Strategic initiatives – Queensland OT Fieldwork Collaborative Expansion of internal clinics Expansion of internal clinics Fieldwork Placement Flexibility, Support and Resourcing Fieldwork Placement Flexibility, Support and Resourcing

3 The CRISIS Recognition of heading towards crisis Recognition of heading towards crisis Increased student numbers in UG program Increased student numbers in UG program Introduction of GEMS program Introduction of GEMS program Increased competition - OT program at JCU, USC program planned for 2008. Increased competition - OT program at JCU, USC program planned for 2008. Feedback from the profession and placement providers – loss of clinical tutor positions Feedback from the profession and placement providers – loss of clinical tutor positions

4 Ongoing Challenges Provide sufficient fieldwork placements for all occupational therapy students Provide sufficient fieldwork placements for all occupational therapy students To ensure placement quality To ensure placement quality To prepare students for the realities of changing practice To prepare students for the realities of changing practice To ensure fieldwork opportunities reflect the growth areas and current and future needs of OT profession To ensure fieldwork opportunities reflect the growth areas and current and future needs of OT profession

5 Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Collaborative (QOTFC) Sylvia Rodger, Yvonne Thomas, David Dickson, Jacqui Broadbridge, Linda Hopper, Ann Edwards, Cathy McBryde, Rachel Hawkins.

6 Historical Overview of QOTFC Working group of stakeholders established 2003 Working group of stakeholders established 2003 First Qld Fieldwork Symposium held November 2003. First Qld Fieldwork Symposium held November 2003. QOTFC formed early 2004 QOTFC formed early 2004 QOTFC met for past three years monthly QOTFC met for past three years monthly Terms of Reference Terms of Reference Projects completed and ongoing Projects completed and ongoing

7 QOTFC Established 2004 The University of Queensland - Sylvia Rodger The University of Queensland - Sylvia Rodger James Cook University – Yvonne Thomas James Cook University – Yvonne Thomas OT AUSTRALIA – Qld - Rachel Kipping OT AUSTRALIA – Qld - Rachel Kipping Occupational Therapists Board Of Qld – Cathy McBryde Occupational Therapists Board Of Qld – Cathy McBryde CRS Australia- Jacqueline Broadbridge CRS Australia- Jacqueline Broadbridge Qld Government Service Managers – Ann Edwards Qld Government Service Managers – Ann Edwards University of Sunshine Coast – Craig Greber University of Sunshine Coast – Craig Greber

8 QOTFC Position Paper 2004 Vision Statement ~ to integrate professional ownership between universities, professional bodies, major employers of occupational therapists and individual occupational therapists to meet fieldwork placement needs ~ to integrate professional ownership between universities, professional bodies, major employers of occupational therapists and individual occupational therapists to meet fieldwork placement needs

9 QOTFC Aims promote shared vision promote shared vision identify & promote issues identify & promote issues promote options for supporting supervisors promote options for supporting supervisors lead discussion & evaluation lead discussion & evaluation identify & promote strategies to placements identify & promote strategies to placements promote state-wide discussion promote state-wide discussion promote discussion with major stakeholders promote discussion with major stakeholders

10 Key Outcomes 1. Position Paper August 2004 to promote discussion and ownership 2. All students placed March 2005 3. Few placements withdrawn during industrial action 2005-2007 4. Funded projects

11 QOTFC Funded Projects Clinical Education in Private Practice - 2005 joint funding UQ, JCU, OT Reg Board, OT A Qld. Clinical Education in Private Practice - 2005 joint funding UQ, JCU, OT Reg Board, OT A Qld. Engaging the Clinicians – Queensland Health funding $68,000 to support hub champions and regional and special interest hubs to increase and improve fieldwork opportunities 2006-2007. Engaging the Clinicians – Queensland Health funding $68,000 to support hub champions and regional and special interest hubs to increase and improve fieldwork opportunities 2006-2007. Invigorating Mental Health Fieldwork – Queensland health $89,000 to investigate lackof MH placements, pilot innovative MH placements and support MH clinical educators 2007-2008. Invigorating Mental Health Fieldwork – Queensland health $89,000 to investigate lackof MH placements, pilot innovative MH placements and support MH clinical educators 2007-2008.

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17 UQ OT Clinics OT Childrens Life Skills Clinic OT Childrens Life Skills Clinic UQ OT Work Service UQ OT Work Service OT Upper Limb Hypertonicity Clinic OT Upper Limb Hypertonicity Clinic Full time student placements are offered in all clinics throughout the year Full time student placements are offered in all clinics throughout the year

18 OT Childrens Life Skills Clinic OTCLSC provides pre- placement paediatric fieldwork for 100% of undergraduate and Graduate Entry Masters students OTCLSC provides pre- placement paediatric fieldwork for 100% of undergraduate and Graduate Entry Masters students OTCLSC provides 50% of paediatric full time fieldwork placements for undergraduate and Graduate Entry Masters Students OTCLSC provides 50% of paediatric full time fieldwork placements for undergraduate and Graduate Entry Masters Students Referrals from teachers, guidance officers, parents and health professionals Referrals from teachers, guidance officers, parents and health professionals Provides services for children 0-18 years with developmental, learning, coordination or social/behavioural issues

19 Student involvement in Students are involved in both onsite and offsite clinics Students are involved in both onsite and offsite clinics Innovative clinics such as Innovative clinics such as Murri School (ATSI Independent school) Murri School (ATSI Independent school) Catholic Education Rural Outreach Trips 4 x/year Catholic Education Rural Outreach Trips 4 x/year Occtypus therapy (therapy in the pool) Occtypus therapy (therapy in the pool) Inter-professional clinics with speech pathology and music therapy Inter-professional clinics with speech pathology and music therapy SPOT (early intervention) SPOT (early intervention) Seton College (secondary school for students with specific needs) Seton College (secondary school for students with specific needs)

20 Some benefits of university clinics Multiple mentoring model of student supervision Multiple mentoring model of student supervision Promotes peer learning and independent problem solving/development of personal/professional skills Promotes peer learning and independent problem solving/development of personal/professional skills High standard of clinical education processes High standard of clinical education processes Processes used for explicit treatment planning, observation, interpretation and documentation Processes used for explicit treatment planning, observation, interpretation and documentation Theory to practice tools Theory to practice tools

21 MISSION STATEMENT UQ OT Work Service For occupational therapy students on practicum to achieve experience in occupational health and safety consultancy (to industry and other organisations) with the support, education, training and supervision of experienced graduate therapists.

22 Model of Operation and Service Types Law et al.,CJOT.,Vol 63.No.1.

23 Service locations UQ St Lucia and Ipswich campuses UQ St Lucia and Ipswich campuses But mainly on site: But mainly on site: Factories Factories Offices Offices Mines Mines Government departments Government departments In vehicles In vehicles Laboratories Laboratories ……Wherever the client requires our service.

24 Why is the Work Service Successful? We have The ability to integrate psychology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathology with movement principles. This positions therapists to be important contributors to healthy workers and work environments Larsen. & Miller, M. Rehabilitation Ergonomics, Work (2005) Larsen. & Miller, M. Rehabilitation Ergonomics, Work (2005)

25 UQ Work Service Clients Gold Coast City Council Gold Coast City Council Chubb Security Chubb Security Amcor Packaging and Recycling Amcor Packaging and Recycling Visy Industries Visy Industries Australian Hardboards Australian Hardboards Queensland Police Queensland Police Logan Beaudesert Oral Health District Logan Beaudesert Oral Health District Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland Sinclair Knight Merz Sinclair Knight Merz Campbell Brothers Chemicals (Clean Tec) Campbell Brothers Chemicals (Clean Tec)

26 Opportunity for Change Revision of the WFOT clinical placement guidelines Revision of the WFOT clinical placement guidelines - enabled greater variation of placement types - enabled changes to length of placements - enabled use of alternative models of placements - enabled a proportion of the required placement hours to be integrated with students academic program

27 Key responses – Program changes Key responses – Program changes 3 block placements instead of 4 – changes to placement length. 3 block placements instead of 4 – changes to placement length. Development of FW activities within majority of courses and tracking of student FW hours across whole program. Development of FW activities within majority of courses and tracking of student FW hours across whole program. Review of placement assessment tool – SPEF and development of electronic version - eSPEF to ease assessment process for CEs. Review of placement assessment tool – SPEF and development of electronic version - eSPEF to ease assessment process for CEs. SPEF on-line training – T&L Grant. SPEF on-line training – T&L Grant.

28 Key Responses – Supports to CEs Creation of Clinical Education Liaison Manager positions – increased from.5 FTE to Creation of Clinical Education Liaison Manager positions – increased from.5 FTE to 2 FTE equivalent in last 12 months. SHRS Interprofessional Introductory CE Workshops and Newsletters. SHRS Interprofessional Introductory CE Workshops and Newsletters. OT specific CE training (Brisbane and Regional QLD) – placement establishment, managing challenging students, facilitating clinical reasoning, conflict resolution. OT specific CE training (Brisbane and Regional QLD) – placement establishment, managing challenging students, facilitating clinical reasoning, conflict resolution. SHRS Rewards and Recognition Program. SHRS Rewards and Recognition Program.

29 Key Responses – Supports to CEs On-site inservice training and support to CEs. On-site inservice training and support to CEs. Development of resources for CEs. Development of resources for CEs. Support to the use of alternative models of placement provision e.g. role emerging and collaborative models Support to the use of alternative models of placement provision e.g. role emerging and collaborative models On-time responses to queries and concerns. On-time responses to queries and concerns. Forums to address concerns and to review new ideas and initiatives in collaboration with the profession. Forums to address concerns and to review new ideas and initiatives in collaboration with the profession.

30 Outcomes Increased collaboration with the profession to manage clinical education issues. Increased collaboration with the profession to manage clinical education issues. Greater placement offers – more than we need! Greater placement offers – more than we need! Collaborative support to students with a disability and those experiencing challenges on placements. Collaborative support to students with a disability and those experiencing challenges on placements. Creation of opportunities to increase the quality of placements for students. Creation of opportunities to increase the quality of placements for students.


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