Last month MercyCare's Occupational Therapy Team in Residential Aged Care were awarded Curtin University's 2011 School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work "Organisational Excellence in Occupational Therapy Student Fieldwork Supervision Award".
Linda Dryka, Occupational Therapist accepted the award on behalf of her team and MercyCare at Curtin University's Awards Ceremony on February 10th. This award recognises the effort and outstanding contribution Linda and her team have invested in the students over the course of their practical placement.
"It's great recognition, and I think we won it because our Therapy assistants aid in the supervision of the students, not just myself" said Linda. "It's an all round approach, involving as many experienced people as possible to provide greater teaching and guidance for the students".
University students spend between 6-7 weeks in residential aged care learning what is required to be an Occupational Therapist in aged care and developing their confidence. MercyCare work with an average of 4 students per year to ensure full attention is given to each and to maximise their learning experience.
In other news...
MercyCare's Residential Aged Care facility in Wembley recently received funding from the Australian Government to introduce Broadband Kiosks for residents. The kiosks provide the opportunity for residents to discover the internet and email, and learn new ways of keeping in touch with family and friends.
Aged Care staff provide training and the kiosk is manned Mon - Thu 10am - 2:30pm or by appointment.