Developmental disability: A lifespan approach to health care
This Discovery 3 Integration topic uses contemporary theory and knowledge to focus on the provision of health care for those with childhood onset life-long disability. Students will gain knowledge about medical, social and biopsychosocial models of disability and understand the range of systems-level impacts on outcomes. The focus in this topic will be on people with neurodevelopmental disability (for example cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury or childhood stroke). Students will explore associated health conditions and assessment needs at different life stages; consider life-long impacts of neurodevelopmental disability on the child and family; the impact of culture and place on the intersection between disability and health care service provision; and low and high technical solutions to health care needs.
Dates and Times
All MD Discovery 3 topics will be held during a 4-week block to be determined based on topic selection and clinical school availability.
Teaching and Learning
Students will be expected to attend once per week for tutorials (for 3 weeks), face to face in metropolitan Melbourne. In week 3, students will attend for up to 4 days in a 1-week placement. It is expected that clinical attachments could be arranged locally for students in Melbourne, Shepparton, Ballarat, and Bendigo, but these arrangements are yet to be confirmed.