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Integrating student practicum placements to add value to a funded project


Bridgman, H and McGowan, C and Mawer, TK and Murray, S and Williams, AD and Bird, M-L and Hardcastle, S and Kent, K, Integrating student practicum placements to add value to a funded project, Teaching Matters 2022, 28 November - 2 December 2022, online, University of Tasmania (2022) [Conference Extract]

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The headspace Nutrition and Physical Activity Capacity Building Project (conducted at the height of COVID-19 lockdowns) aimed to increase the capacity of headspace Launceston to deliver evidence-based nutrition and physical activity interventions through training, research and referral/program mapping. There was opportunity to develop an innovative, cross-disciplinary sub-project, involving an exercise science and a nutrition student, that met the requirements for their final year practicum placement and generated two additional artifacts to provide to headspace Launceston. The students worked together to source, quality assess and provide recommendations for online applications (apps) focusing on physical activity and healthy eating for headspace staff to recommend to clients. Students were supervised by an interprofessional team including an exercise scientist, dietitian and clinical and health psychologist. Students developed a brief report with app recommendations that was included in the final report to the funding provider and developed a presentation for the headspace youth reference group, enabling them to develop their ability to communicate across varied mediums and audiences. This unique practicum placement not only met the unit ILOs; it also offered students real world, interprofessional experience, preparing them for the realities (e.g., interdisciplinary collaboration) of clinical/health service work within Tasmania and was met with positive feedback by the students. More broadly, this approach provides flexible opportunities to value-add to funded projects and strengthen the link been research and teaching, and teaching to practice; thereby enhancing graduate success.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:youth mental health, rural mental health service delivery, nutrition, physical activity
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Bridgman, H (Dr Heather Bridgman)
UTAS Author:McGowan, C (Dr Courtney McGowan)
UTAS Author:Mawer, TK (Ms Tamieka Mawer)
UTAS Author:Murray, S (Ms Sandra Murray)
UTAS Author:Williams, AD (Associate Professor Andrew Williams)
UTAS Author:Bird, M-L (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
UTAS Author:Hardcastle, S (Dr Sibella Hardcastle)
UTAS Author:Kent, K (Dr Katherine Kent)
ID Code:154390
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2022-11-28
Last Modified:2022-11-30

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