Emily McClelland

Occupational Therapy Book

Why did you undertake your course?

Emily chose occupational therapy because she had a desire to work with people and to work in healthcare. Occupational therapy allows Emily to work with a wide range of clients and in a variety of settings. Already Emily has undertaken fieldwork in a community health centre, inpatient rehabilitation centre and in factories. The aspect of fieldwork Emily enjoys most is interacting with clients. Through her fieldwork Emily has been able to see how occupational therapy can make a difference in the lives of people with an illness or disability. Emily says, "I can't wait until I'm out there", but realises that she still has a lot more to learn.

What did you enjoy about your course at Deakin?

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Course at Deakin was particularly attractive to Emily as it meant she could remain living with her family in Geelong. In addition, Emily liked Deakin's attitude toward fieldwork, allowing students to attend fieldwork one day per week from the beginning of first year. Emily also enjoys being able to undertake elective units in addition to core occupational therapy units. She has chosen electives in arts and psychology. Emily has fond memories of her first year anatomy lecturer who made his lectures stimulating by adding some of his own experiences as a sports trainer. The lecturers that Emily has had throughout her course have been enthusiastic about the topics they were teaching which have motivated Emily to learn.

When not studying, Emily is involved in clubs through the Deakin University Student Association (DUSA). She regularly attends the belly dancing club and Christian Union.

When Emily graduates she hopes to either work with children or to work in a rehabilitation centre. At the moment Emily is enjoying the 'hands-on' experiences she is gaining at university and through fieldwork


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