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“Old dogs, New tricks: Sailing as an avenue to engage the disengaged”

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Mel Uni and SWD

Students with SWD Melbourne volunteer manager, Richard (centre)

Postgraduate Physiotherapy students from the University of Melbourne, in partnership with SWD, this year completed a community health project conducting a health needs analysis (HNA) of SWD's “Winds Of Change” on-water program.

One of the key findings of the study was the identification that our volunteers would like to better understand the special requirements of our sailing participants. As a result, one of the project outcomes is a  recommendation that professional development workshops be provided so that volunteers are better equipped with the engagement skills and techniques to deliver enhanced program outcomes.

Recently, the students provided a workshop for SWD volunteers in Sydney and this was followed by a presentation of their findings at the Co-Create Physiotherapy Summit at the Melbourne University Campus in Carlton.

Representing SWD was Melbourne administrator, Richard O'Hara, who was impressed with the depth and quality of the research and findings and the positive way in which the work which we at SWD perform was received by those attending the summit.

SWD volunteers received praise for their input into the study and their commitment to improving the experience for the participants on our programs. We would like to thank Melbourne Uni and congratulate students Ashleigh Donovan, Will Dredge, Nathan Skewes and Sam Stewart for their efforts. We would also like to thank SWD volunteers and staff who contributed to the study.

SWD Melbourne manager and Melbourne Uni students

Melbourne University students running workshops for SWD in Sydney at the CYCA.

Sydney Workshop

Mel Uni Students Sydney






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