A conversation between Charles Sturt University lecturer in physiotherapy Kay Skinner and Anson Street School physiotherapist Jennie Kempson in 2011 has resulted in a rewarding ongoing partnership between CSU and Anson Street School.
Every year since, physiotherapy students from Charles Sturt University have had the opportunity to undertake a five-week final-year placement in paediatric physiotherapy at the school, under the supervision of both Kay and Jennie.
Final-year physiotherapy students Rebecca Norris, Yongmin Jin and Sophie Szabo have recently started their five-week placement at the school.
Rebecca and Sophie have been studying physiotherapy at CSU in Albury, while Yongmin has studied in both Albury and Orange.
During their time at Anson Street School, Rebecca, Yong and Sophie will be assessing, consulting, and treating students from the school in both group and individual sessions.
There are other highlights to their time at the school as well – getting to know the wonderful staff and students at the school, and participating in school activities, especially the ever-popular sailing on Lake Canobolas.
CSU supervisor Kay Skinner highlights the huge benefits to all concerned.
“Over the three years, the physiotherapy students and I have been privileged to learn with, and from, the children and staff of Anson Street School as we have provided them with physiotherapy services,” she said.
“We are constantly impressed by how welcoming, positive and respectful the staff and students of Anson Street School are, both with each other and also everybody else who enters the school.”
Kay has calculated that, so far, CSU has been able to provide 2800 hours of volunteer physiotherapy services to the school’s students, while also providing physiotherapy students with hands-on opportunities to learn about working with children with disabilities.
This partnership between CSU and Anson Street School is a win-win for all involved.
CSU physiotherapy student Rebecca Norris works with Anson St School student Ivy during a gross motor skills group. Photo contributed
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