Every Student Succeeding- Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services in an Inclusive Education Framework

Ms Gaenor Dixon1, Ms Libby English1

1Department Of Education, Queensland, , Australia

The Queensland Department of Education’s (the department) inclusive education policy commits to continuing its journey towards a more inclusive education system where students of all abilities are able to learn alongside their similar aged peers. Reasonable adjustments are made to enable students with disability to access and participate in schooling, and achieve their full potential.

The department employs allied health professionals to support schools to identify and implement effective reasonable adjustments for students with disability. Occupational therapists and physiotherapists share specialist knowledge to support teachers to develop personalised learning programs and teaching strategies through education, brainstorming, modelling and providing suggestions. Supports are designed to enable the student to participate in, and contribute to the learning environment . Services work across universal, focussed and individualised levels of support through a whole-school approach to student learning, using collaborative planning and implementation.

This presentation will outline the department’s service delivery model that enables departmental physiotherapists and occupational therapists to make decisions about the most effective evidence-informed supports for schools and students while prioritising service demand. This service delivery model is unique within Australia and internationally.


Biography:

Gaenor Dixon: is a certified practising speech pathologist who has worked in schools and education in a range of roles for more than twenty years. Gaenor also holds a degree in primary teaching. Gaenor is currently the Principal Advisor, Therapies and Nursing- providing strategic leadership of the therapy and nursing services in the Queensland Department of Education.

Libby English: is an occupational therapist who has worked in various roles supporting schools through the Queensland Department of Education for over ten years. One of Libby’s interests is how therapists can improve service delivery to ensure that children and their support networks can get the best outcomes. Libby currently works as a Senior Advisor, Students with Disability in the Queensland Department of Education.

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