Acacia Hill students’ benefit from physiotherapy partnership

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Postgraduate physiotherapy students from Flinders University have just finished their inaugural placement at Acacia Hill School.

The Alice Springs school caters for students with disabilities and special education needs.

The four-week placement by the Master of Physiotherapy students followed an alliance forged last year between the university and the school.

Project Coordinator Glenn Irvine said the placement was the university students’ first exposure to paediatric physiotherapy, and an introduction to work in a school environment.

“The students established a range of therapy activities, fitted or adjusted equipment to meet the needs of our students, discussed home therapy with carers, created programs for individual students, and trained staff in manual handling techniques for the safe transfer of students,” he said.

“Outstanding results from the visit include a student who increased his walking tolerance from 50 to 200 metres, two students who more often use walking equipment, rather than wheelchairs, and the participation by senior sensory students in a daily exercise therapy session.

“Hopefully, the physiotherapy program can be expanded to include occupational and speech therapy students.”

Another group of Master of Physiotherapy students will visit the school at the end of Term 3 this year.

Picture: Experienced physiotherapist Anne Bent treats Xander using tail kneeling, part of a program specifically designed for him by the visiting team.

Xander and Anne

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