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Occupational Therapy students at GIO

Tuesday, 01 December 2009


Throughout October and November GIO welcomed four, third-year Edith Cowan Occupational Therapy Students; Samantha Gasson, Sarah Robinson, Vanessa Fairhead and Tyvella Abban to complete a five week practical placement.

During this time Samantha and Sarah in conjunction with the Risk Management team at GIO –Tanya Barrett and Michael Walsh, and Neil Wilson from Industry Partners – Labour Hire services, compiled a manual handling

toolbox training package to be utilised with engineering trades. The purpose of the training package is to increase awareness of risks associated and implementing control measures for manual handling in relation to their trades.

With the guidance of the Risk Management team and the kind assistance of Neil Wilson, Samantha and Sarah were able to visit relevant worksites to gain further understanding of tasks, activities and manual handling risks associated with the labour hire industry. With the knowledge gained from worksite visits Samantha and Sarah practically applied the Work Safe codes of practice and the Occupational Safety and Health ACT 1984, to produce an easy to use, industry appropriate manual handling training package.

Vanessa and Tyvella created a risk profile pertaining to the hospitality industry. This profile is to be used by employees of GIO to assist, expand and analyse the breakdown of job performance within the hospitality industry and workplace regimes. The entire project was supervised by Tanya Barrett and Michael Walsh, with immense

support from WA Workers Compensation Underwriter Manager Tony Vidler and the entire WA Workers Compensation Underwriting and Distribution team.

In addition to these projects; Samantha and Sarah, Vanessa and Tyvella conducted work station assessments for the Underwriting and Distribution staff at GIO during Work Safe Week Australia. These assessments were

completed to ensure each work station was ergonomically appropriate for each individual staff member. Staff were also treated to a soft tissue Occupational Therapy treatment to reduce muscle tension associated with typical office work.

Samantha, Sarah, Vanessa and Tyvella also attended numerous workshops which were invaluable in expanding

their knowledge within the areas of Risk Management and Workers Compensation.

Samantha, Sarah, Vanessa and Tyvella thoroughly enjoyed their time at GIO and appreciate the support and guidance of Tanya Barrett, Michael Walsh and Tony Vidler of GIO, Neil Wilson of Industry Partners and Edith Cowan University in assisting them to build on their skills required to be successful future allied health professionals. 


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