Students experience the teamwork underpinning child development services

Published:12 June 2018

Naomi Campbell-Woods (left) and Hannah Thompson pictured at Coorparoo Community Development Services.

Two of CQUniversity's final-year Speech Pathology students have had the chance to experience work as part of a multidisciplinary team assessing children who are experiencing developmental problems.

Naomi Campbell-Woods and Hannah Thompson completed an eight-week block placement at Coorparoo Community Development Services in Brisbane.

This specialist outpatient clinic helps families make informed choices about setting developmental and participation goals for their child, to support their participation in daily life.

"We worked with the complex assessment team involving paediatricians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and social workers," says Naomi.

"It was a transdisciplinary approach and it was fantastic to learn so much across other disciplines; it really piqued my interest in occupational therapy too."

Hannah says she really enjoyed working with and learning from a wide range of health professionals.

“Even though this service is primarily assessment-based, we would use these results to discuss the functional impacts, then setting goals and providing strategies for the client and their families.”

The Brisbane experience complemented Speech Pathology placements in Rockhampton involving speech clinics for children and language centre interventions for non-native English speakers.

Indigenous student Hannah has also been working alongside Naomi on a research project investigating assessment practices for Indigenous children, by interpreting data from CQUniversity's Rockhampton Health Clinic.

The dynamic duo will soon be preparing for their next eight-week block placement - this time focused on Speech Pathology services for adult clients.