Dr Merrill Turpin, Mrs Desleigh de Jonge, and Ms Monica Moran
Dr Merrill Turpin, Mrs Desleigh de Jonge, and Ms Monica Moran
The Industry Experience: Engaging Graduating Occupational Therapy Students In Authentic Industry Partnerships 
Division of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 
Project Team: Mrs Desleigh de Jonge, Dr Merrill Turpin and Mrs Monica Moran
 
The Industry Experience is a highly engaging and effective learning and teaching activity undertaken in the final semester of the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and the Master of Occupational Therapy Studies programs, in which student groups work on real projects provided by industry partners and their clients. The Industry Experience aims to build the students’ sense of professional identity by challenging and extending them through authentic industry projects.
 
Students are facilitated to move beyond technical competence that focuses on the provision of direct care towards professionalism, where they are equipped to engage in life-long learning and contribute to the ongoing development of both service delivery and the profession.
 
This concept captures some of the foundational knowledge required by occupational therapy students and more broadly, health sciences graduates. Students must link their foundational knowledge with clinical experiences, with working in teams to manage the inherent complexities of real world projects and with the needs of industry.

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