University of Canberra and the RFBI working together

RFBI is developing a productive relationship involving research and practice with the University of Canberra (UC), specifically with the Field of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health’s Discipline of Public Health.

Students in the Masters of Occupational Therapy had the opportunity to participate in 3 x 3 hour Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences at the Holt Village in Canberra. The aim of the WIL program was to:

  • engage with residents for whom an aged care facility is now their home
  • observe the roles of, and engage with, various staff working within the facility
  • participate in the programs that are available for the residents
  • consider the various contexts of the aged care facility – e.g. socio-cultural, physical, political contexts
  • reflect on the potential role of occupational therapy within the aged care facility

In relation to research, Dr Alison Wicks from UC and Dr Ingeborg Nilsson from the Umea University in Sweden are undertaking a small pilot study to evaluate some tools that determine the barriers and enablers of outdoor participation of residents in an aged care facility. An unexpected outcome to date has the formation of an industry partnership with Ascom Integrated Wireless.

It is hoped this pilot will provide a foundation of an ongoing relationship with RFBI for a larger, national study on facilitation of outdoor participation of residents in aged care facilities.

If you would like to find out more you can contact the RFBI or contact

Dr Alison Wicks

Associate professor in Occupational Therapy

University of Canberra

Ph: +61 2 62068720