Winner: 2012 UQ Award for Programs that Enhance Learning

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Queensland Health

Dr Pamela Meredith, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (program coordinator); Ms Sue Holley, Queensland Health; clinical educators, Queensland Health, Belmont Private Hospital, Mater Misericordiae Hospital, and ACT for Kids

The innovative LINKS: Leisure, Living and Learning Program was developed to provide occupational therapy students with an introductory clinical experience which aims to build student interest, skills, and confidence in mental health practice. Students “buddy” with occupational therapists in the mental health field for 18 hours over 6 weeks, while supported with tailored, university-based tutorials. As a result of their participation in LINKS, students consistently report decreased anxiety about mental health fieldwork, and increased motivation and interest in working in this field. As an added benefit, the program also ensures that students have a preliminary mental health experience that enables them to address key selection criteria to apply for mental health positions upon graduation. Student evaluations have described LINKS as “an incredibly valuable learning experience …I would not previously have considered working in mental health, however, following this fieldwork experience I feel much more confident in exploring placement in this field.”

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