Jodie A Copley

Jodie A Copley
The University of Queensland | UQ · School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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Aim: To explore the lived experiences of adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to understand: the ways in which their challenges influence daily functioning; and the personal assets and external resources that facilitate participation. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with four adolescents (one identified as no...
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Introduction: The Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised Edition (SPEF-R) was used across Australian universities from 2008 to 2020 to assess occupational therapy student performance on practice placement. Evolution of practice contexts, placement models and professional competency standards prompted updating of the tool. This paper describes...
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Background: The practice educator role is complex and becoming more so with changes in placement configurations since the COVID-19 pandemic. The role requires practitioners to manage clinical activities while providing learning opportunities and supervision for students. This can be time-consuming in often stretched clinical settings. This research...
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Introduction Evidence‐based practice (EBP) is a critical framework for supporting clinical decision‐making that has been increasingly promoted in occupational therapy over the last 20 years. Discipline‐specific EBP frameworks and resources have emerged, primarily created by scholars from developed countries. However, EBP has received limited attent...
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Introduction: The Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised Edition (SPEF-R) is used by all Australian universities to assess the capability and performance of occupational therapy students on block practice placements. The occupational therapy landscape in Australia has evolved significantly since the SPEF-R was developed. This study aimed to revi...
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Introduction: Newly graduated occupational therapists face well-documented difficulties as they embark on professional practice. Occupational therapy departments need to ensure that new graduates conduct their roles appropriately while developing experience and building clinical and professional skills. This study aimed to explore the experiences...
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Introduction The facilitation of meaningful leisure participation for children and young people requires an understanding of what leisure means to them. This study aimed to understand meaningful leisure from the perspective of children and young people with complex physical and communication disabilities. Method A hermeneutic phenomenological rese...
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Introduction: Placements are considered vital in promoting theory-to-practice learning. With role-emerging placements increasingly being offered, the learning processes experienced by students warrants further investigation. This research explored the learning experiences of students, from both supervisor and student perspectives, over the duration...
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Evidence-based practice (EBP) fosters the use of research evidence, clinical expertise, information about the patient and the practice context. It aims to support high quality practice through providing and using sound evidence for decision-making. Occupational therapists have been challenged to adopt EBP as a global approach, nevertheless it is no...
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Evidence-based practice (EBP) fosters the use of research evidence, clinical expertise, information about the patient and the practice context. It aims to support high quality practice through providing and using sound evidence for decision-making. Occupational therapists have been challenged to adopt EBP as a global approach, nevertheless it is no...
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Background: Children with developmental disabilities (DD) may experience limited participation in school activities. Little is known about whether school participation of children with DD who attend special schools is impacted. This study specifically focused on physical engagement in school-related activities that require hand use for the compari...
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Aim: To examine the conceptual and clinometric properties of measures for parent engagement in developmental or rehabilitation interventions for children and youth (<18 years of age). Methods: Four electronic databases were searched. Studies were included if they reported measures of at least one domain of parent engagement (i.e. affective, cogn...
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Children with developmental disabilities are at risk for limited participation in everyday activities. This study investigated factors that hindered or facilitated participation in 58 children with moderate-to-severe developmental disabilities who attended special schools. The parents completed surveys on their children’s participation, development...
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Background: Children with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) are at risk of experiencing limited participation in recreational activities, where they may be present but not physically engaged. Aim: To compare patterns of physical engagement in recreational activities between children with and without IDD. Methods and procedures: F...
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Purpose: To investigate the relationship between the Children Participation Questionnaire and the Children’s Assessment of Participation with Hands. Materials and methods: Two researchers classified the item contents independently using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health-Child and Youth version as a guide. Parent...
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This commentary is on the original article by Imms et al.
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Continuing professional development (CPD) helps achieve quality practice founded on sound clinical reasoning and evidence. While CPD is a core component of registration in Anglophone countries, access to high-quality CPD may be limited in developing countries. Chile, a developing country graduating an increasing number of occupational therapists, p...
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Placements offer students the opportunity to practice and experiment with their disciplinary knowledge in real situations (Koski et al., 2013). Consolidation of core professional principles, such as occupation- centred practice during education is vital. Role-emerging placements do not offer students the same structures and supports as established...
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Background Environments are important to children’s participation, but little is known about which environmental factors restrict their participation, particularly in children with moderate to severe developmental disability.Method Parents of 64 children attending special schools completed the Environmental Restriction Questionnaire (ERQ). Two rese...
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Supervision of occupational therapy students on placements is a challenging, but rewarding experience. There is a growing body of literature related to role emerging placements but the experiences of the occupational therapists who undertake the role of off-site supervisors are underrepresented. These placements are based in settings where there is...
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To date, research investigating the use of remote technologies to extend face-to-face early intervention services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is limited. This study explored the perceived advantages and disadvantages of a follow-up early intervention service delivered via remote technology, as compared to previous face-to-face...
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Introduction During role-emerging placements students require different support as occupational therapy specific supervision is provided periodically and they cannot model their practice on experienced occupational therapists. This paper describes the development and evaluation of a workbook designed to reinforce the integration of theory with prac...
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Aims: To investigate whether children with probable or definite differences in sensory processing (SP) had participation restrictions, and the relationship between Short Sensory Profile (SSP) scores and children's participation. Methods: The participants were parents of 64 children (mean age 8 years 1 month); 36 with potential impairments in reg...
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Participation in leisure has known health benefits. Children and young people (CYP) with physical disabilities demonstrate reduced participation in leisure. To facilitate their meaningful participation, one must understand what leisure means to CYP. The aim of this study was to systematically synthesize evidence from qualitative studies on the mean...
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The Australian Government employment projections suggest that occupational therapy should see the third highest growth of all 'Professionals', with an estimated growth of 21.9% to November 2018 (Labour Market Information Portal, 2014). In line with this growth, the higher education sector has responded by providing more occupational therapy program...
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To describe the development of the Children's Assessment of Participation with Hands (CAP-Hand), a parent-report questionnaire that assesses children's participation in life situations requiring hand use specifically, and to investigate its construct validity (using Rasch analysis and known-group comparison) and reliability (test-retest reliability...
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Purpose: Hypertonicity practice is challenging due to the high degree of variability in presentation within and among clients. There is limited high-level evidence supporting interventions in practice. This study gathered therapists' views on requirements for competent practice. This information could be used to improve training in this area of pr...
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This study examined whether children’s real-life hand skill performance associates with their participation. A group of 30 preschool-aged children without disabilities and their parents were recruited. Each child was observed performing activities in real-life contexts, and their hand skill performance was scored using the Assessment of Children’s...
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Background/aimThe Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised Edition (SPEF-R) is widely used in Australian universities to evaluate occupational therapy students’ performance in practice education. Reliable completion of the SPEF-R by practice educators is critical for students and universities from a quality assurance perspective. This study used st...
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This chapter defines three different types of upper limb casting (serial, inhibitive and positioning) and linked each to proposed mechanisms of effect. It presents a narrative review and critique of the research evidence for upper limb casting in the context of children and adults with brain injury. The chapter identifies indications and contraindi...
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Intramuscular injection of Botulinum neurotoxin-A (BoNT-A) has become a common treatment for muscles affected by spasticity, the neural component of hypertonicity, and has been described as the ‘first choice’ intervention for post-stroke upper limb spasticity. This chapter describes the mechanism of effect for BoNT-A and provides a narrative review...
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This chapter overviews the neural and non-neural components of the motor system that contribute to upper limb movement in people with intact neurological systems. It also describes the upper motor neuron syndrome (UMNS) and the adaptive changes that affect the movement and tissues of the upper limb following brain injury. The characteristic changes...
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This chapter provides detailed description of the individualised information gathering processes required to form a contextual picture of the client and understand how changing his or her upper limb impairments linked to daily-life goals for activity and participation. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework...
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Surgery for children and adults with neurological disorders can be classified into three categories: dorsal rhizotomies, peripheral neurotomies and orthopaedic procedures. This chapter describes the common upper limb surgical procedures used to achieve surgical aims in people with brain injury, definition of the procedures used and examples of how...
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This chapter considers the variety of factors and different types of knowledge required to make well-reasoned clinical decisions in neurorehabilitation. The critical components of evidence-based practice in this area proposed and the complexity of clinical decision-making in real life clinical situations illustrated. The strategies for integrating...
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This chapter provides the post-intervention outcomes for the case studies that were introduced in Chapter 5. It talks about the intervention process and outcomes of Wendy, a 69 years old woman who had a left stroke and . Next, the chapter discusses the intervention process and outcomes of Harry, a 23-year-old man with cerebral palsy. Finally, it pr...
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Research investigating the use and effectiveness of upper limb splints has emerged sporadically over the past decades and has mirrored major shifts in theory and practice in the neurorehabilitation sphere. This chapter explores the possible mechanisms of effect of splints and provides a narrative review of the splinting research in neurorehabilitat...
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To ensure that neurorehabilitation, or any other aspect of service provision, is effectively targeted and contributes to positive outcomes for clients in their life contexts, the clinician must step back and appreciate the wider picture of what occurs in the lives of individuals and their families after brain injury. This chapter discusses the impa...
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Introduction Hand skills are essential for children's occupational performance. The Assessment of Children's Hand Skills is a new assessment that utilizes naturalistic observations to capture children's actual hand-skill performance in everyday contexts. This study aimed to explore intra- and inter-rater reliability of the assessment based on video...
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The reliable evaluation of occupational therapy students completing practice education placements along with provision of appropriate feedback is critical for both students and for universities from a quality assurance perspective. This study describes the development of a comment bank for use with an online version of the Student Practice Evaluati...
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Occupational therapy educators are challenged to provide students with practical experiences which prepare them for ever changing health-care contexts on graduation. Role-emerging placements have been widely used internationally to help meet this challenge, but research into the learning experiences of students during these innovative placements is...
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Background: Clinical supervision has gained wide recognition in recent years as an essential component of a practitioner's continuing professional development. However, confusion exists in professional literature regarding the most effective models, styles, processes and methods of clinical supervision. Aim: This article outlines the elements re...
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This study investigated construct validity and internal consistency of the Student Practice Evaluation Form-Revised Edition Package (SPEF-R) which evaluates students' performance on practice education placements. The SPEF-R has 38 items covering eight domains, and each item is rated on a 5-point rating scale. Data from 125 students' final placement...
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To evaluate the effect of individualized resting mitt splints on hypertonicity (spasticity and tissue stiffness) and passive range of motion (PROM). A randomized, single blinded, single case design. Ten adults with acquired brain injury were randomized to control (no-splint) and experimental (splint) groups. The experimental group received an indiv...
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To evaluate to what extent instruments that intend to measure children's participation actually do so and to what extent their items can be classified according to the ICF-CY. A systematic search was conducted in MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, ERIC, and EMBASE and was limited to the period between January 2000 and May 2011. The search terms of particip...
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Many interventions have been used to improve children's hand-related impairments or hand skill performance in functional activities so as to promote life participation. There is thus a need to have suitable instruments assessing children's participation in life situations that specifically require hand use in order to support and evaluate such inte...
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Aim: To determine if a Clinical Reasoning Protocol assisted occupational therapists to consistently choose casting as an intervention in the context of moderate/severe upper limb hypertonia and possible contracture. Methods: Sixty-four intervention decisions (including strength/movement training, splinting and/or casting) were drawn retrospectiv...
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Introduction In a climate of overloaded health systems and limited opportunities for practice education, there is a need to provide high quality placements that prepare students adequately for contemporary practice. Group models of supervision are one way to address this. This study trialled a multiple mentoring (group supervision) model across thr...
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Adolescents from refugee backgrounds experience challenges participating in their new school environments. This study aimed to describe and discuss the development of an occupational therapy program to facilitate school participation of high school students from refugee backgrounds. Three cycles of action research were used to develop a program ove...
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Background: Explanatory case study design offers a way to address complex research issues; however its application in health arenas has been limited. Contents: This article describes the application of explanatory case study design when investigating complex, multifactorial phenomena in a clinical setting. To provide an example, this article shows...
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Student occupational therapists experience particular challenges in the learning and practicing of occupation-centred practice (OCP) techniques with children. This study aimed to identify factors that facilitate mastery of OCP from both students' and practice educators' perspectives. Nine student occupational therapists and two practice educators p...
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Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) investigate causal relationships and are considered to provide the best evidence of intervention efficacy in health care (Roland and Torgerson, 1998). To ensure valid and reliable results, a RCT should include specific criteria such as a clearly defined participant group and intervention, adequate sample size, ra...
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Background and aim The focus of upper limb assessment for people with neurological damage has expanded beyond impairment factors. Assessments that evaluate the impact of impairment factors within tasks are needed to ensure that interventions address task performance. The Comparative Analysis of Performance — Motor (CAP-M) identifies upper limb impa...
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Occupational therapists use a range of types and sources of information when making clinical decisions. It is unclear how this information is integrated. This paper describes an exploratory qualitative case study that identified the types and sources of information accessed by one experienced paediatric therapist and how this information was combin...
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In this study, a predictive model about recovery postburn was developed for purposive case selection using explanatory case methodology. Seven cases (each comprising a child, caregiver, and teacher) participated. Children were aged 6 to 13 years with between 2% and 35% TBSA burned. Caregivers completed assessments of premorbid family and child-adap...
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Recent literature has indicated the importance of kinaesthesis in the acquisition of perceptual motor skills such as handwriting, and has suggested that handwriting difficulties prevalent among school children can, in part, be attributed to kinaesthetic immaturity. This study examined the extent to which kinaesthesis was implicated in the handwriti...
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IntroductionDecision making and information sourcesInformation about clients, families and their contextsInformation about the practice contextInformation from empirical researchInformation from clinical experienceIntegrating information despite alternatives and uncertaintiesShared decision makingConclusion References
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The increasing emphasis on performance outcomes and the use of occupation-centred approaches has implications for practice education. This study aimed to describe students' experiences of learning to use occupation-centred approaches when working with children within a university clinic. Nine occupational therapy students and two clinical educators...
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This study aimed to (i) explore occupational therapy practitioners' perceptions of the scope and sources of evidence that they use in clinical decision-making; and (ii) identify strategies and resources that would increase the use of evidence in a paediatric clinical service. An action research methodology was applied to systematically explore part...
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This study employed a qualitative research design to explore therapists' and parents' perspectives of paediatric occupational therapy and speech pathology assessment reports. Aims of the study were to explore the intentions of therapists when writing reports, to expand upon existing literature on parental satisfaction and preferences with respect t...
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Clients with acquired brain injury often demonstrate hypertonicity and decreased function in their upper limbs, requiring appropriate intervention. Splinting is one of the intervention methods that is widely used to address these issues. Literature shows that some clients are not using splints following fabrication. However, there is a paucity of r...
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Research to date has not fully explored how occupational therapists provide intervention for children with learning difficulties in their day-to-day practice. The purpose of this study was to provide an in-depth description of the approaches and techniques used and how they are applied and combined to meet the complex and multifaceted needs of thes...
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This study identified the relative pattern of performance on measures of visual perception and executive functions in children with school-related occupational performance difficulties. The participants were 46 children aged 5 to 10 years (M = 7.4, SD = 1.3) referred to an occupational therapy clinic for difficulty in performing tasks such as handw...
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Upper limb hypertonicity management is a complex domain, in which there is limited high level evidence to support treatment approaches. Therefore, it is important to identify clinical experts to assist practice development. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the factors related to clinical experience and the development of exp...
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Occupational therapists use a range of intervention approaches with children with learning difficulties. This study aimed to identify factors influencing therapists' clinical decisions when choosing and combining these interventions. Seven occupational therapists participated. Data were collected through in-depth interviews, short questionnaires, a...
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To describe the processes used by an experienced occupational therapist to make individualized intervention choices to support functional goal achievement for people with upper limb hypertonicity. This qualitative case study involved participant observation of assessment sessions, interviews with clients and an occupational therapist, and document...
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Background: This article outlines issues of service provision for Indigenous families in Brisbane, Australia. It presents guidelines for the development of a socially and culturally appropriate occupational therapy service for urban Indigenous children. Methods: A mixed methodology was used in two independent components of the research. Part 1 comp...
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Interprofessional education (IPE) is an emerging focus in the professional training of allied health students. To date, IPE has occurred in classroom teaching or case simulations, rather than in the provision of client services. At the University of Queensland, students in occupational therapy, speech pathology and music therapy participate in both...
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This pilot study trialed a team-based assistive technology assessment and planning process for children with multiple disabilities and their educational teams, in order to inform a wider study using explanatory case study methodology. Fourteen students and their educational teams participated in the process, which incorporated use of the Lifespace...
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A number of critical elements have been identified in assistive technology assessment and planning to optimise its integration into the educational environments of children and hence address their functional goals. These elements are as follows: adopting a collaborative think-tank team approach to which all educational team members contribute equal...
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Assistive technology has aided children with multiple disabilities to improve access and participation in their school and home environments. Effective educational outcomes from assistive technology use are dependent upon a coordinated assessment and implementation process. The literature on assistive technology with children was reviewed in order...
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Objectives: This study investigated the effect of a pre-clinical fieldwork subject on the confidence and professional skills of undergraduate occupational therapy students during their first full-time clinical fieldwork placement. Methods: Participants were 31 third year students enrolled in the pre-clinical fieldwork subject (experimental group),...
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Children with cerebral palsy often have difficulty processing tactile information. Assessment of tactile processing in children with cerebral palsy frequently relies on the use of informal clinical observations, checklists, and sensory histories without established psychometric properties. It is proposed that a formal approach to the assessment of...
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The needs of rural allied health professionals (AHPs) have been widely documented. In particular, problems of professional isolation, lack of professional development opportunities and limited support systems have been highlighted as problems associated with working in rural and remote areas. This research aimed to provide rural and remote AHPs wit...
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This qualitative study explored parent satisfaction with a paediatric occupational therapy service, located within an occupational therapy school. The aim of this initial study was to identify features of such a service that most contribute to parent satisfaction, and themes worthy of further inquiry regarding client evaluation of paediatric therap...