August 9 2011
Journey for students and the aged begins
University of South Australia,
Helping Hand Aged Care, will launch their innovative Regional Mobile
Health Clinic tomorrow, Wednesday August 10.
The specially fitted vehicle will offer high quality learning experiences for Health Science students while providing health services to ageing people in rural and regional areas.
UniSA’s Dean of Health and Clinical Education Professor Esther May says: “Since October 2010 we have 110 students involved in working with aged care clients at Helping Hand Aged Care facilities, and to now be able to provide mobile services in regional areas will ensure these students are exposed to a wider group which will allow them to learn firsthand about the needs of both rural and metropolitan people.”
Professor May says students are gaining experience in a wide variety of areas such as rehabilitation, nutrition, medication management and equipment and aids. Most importantly the students are participating in providing services under supervision in residential and community settings, in the city and rurally.
Based at Helping Hand’s Port Pirie facility, the clinic will travel throughout the Northern Areas Districts of South Australia providing allied health services such as physiotherapy, podiatry and occupational therapy.
Helping Hand Aged Care Chief Executive Officer Ian Hardy says: “This initiative is offering ‘real world’ learning experiences for students as well as providing health services to ageing people in rural and regional areas of South Australia.”
This program has been made possible by a $1.8 million grant from the Department of Health and Ageing and has allowed the students to gain experience and firsthand knowledge of the kind of care ageing clients need.
Both UniSA and Helping Hand Aged Care are committed to education approaches that stimulate interest in working in the aged care sector and which meet the needs of older people.
The mobile clinic will be officially launched by Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon. Mark Butler MP, at a morning tea on the lawns of the University of South Australia’s City East Campus.
Over 60 guests are expected at the launch including students representing disciplines of physiotherapy, podiatry, pharmacy, occupational therapy and nursing.
Mobile Health Clinic launch by the University of South Australia and Helping Hand Aged Care
Wednesday 10 August 2011, 9:45am for a 10:00am start
University of South Australia City East Campus front lawns (cnr of North Tce and Frome Road)
Photo/vision opportunity: The Hon. Mark Butler MP and students with the mobile unit at UniSA, 9:45am.
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