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CQU occupational therapy students help prevent falls

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CQU Bundaberg occupational therapy graduating students Renee Baker, Erin Harford and Ashleigh Agius.

CQUniversity Bundaberg occupational therapy graduating students have worked with Centacare to prove it’s “not hip to trip” in their final-year community project.

Ashleigh Agius, Renee Baker and Erin Harford have been working with Centacare in Bundaberg to help examine current falls risk identification and management processes for the organisation’s clients.

The results from the project informed development of a falls risk assessment tool and educational resources to help improve the way staff and clients address falls.

The project was a win-win for both Centacare and the CQUniversity students who presented their findings during the conference on Friday.

CQUniversity Bachelor of Occupational Therapy lecturer Narelle Henwood said the project was one of many that will be showcased at the Occupational Therapy Graduate Conference.

“This year’s conference theme is ‘Knowing and Growing’ which reflects the transition of students into professionals,” Ms Henwood said.

“The 2021 cohort is delighted to present both their community projects which they’ve collaborated on with various organisations, as well as research proposals which cover a range of topics within the occupational therapy field.”

The conference showcased the work of 23 graduating students from Bundaberg and Rockhampton and included a presentation of student awards.

Ashleigh said the conference allowed her cohort to illustrate what they had been working so hard on.

While, Erin said the conference was a consolidation of many of the things they had learnt throughout the degree and an opportunity to put them into practice.

“Teamwork, presenting information, research, preparation and how hard we have worked throughout this term, it is all coming together as we come to the end of an amazing journey,” Erin said.

“The excitement and nerves of finishing the course are definitely beginning to rise.”

The CQU occuptional therapy conference also featured two guest speakers, occupational therapist Brock Cook who spoke about person-centred mental health care and behaviour specialist Sarah James who discussed positive behaviour support plans.

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