Bridget O’ConnorPhysiotherapist | Kids Plus Foundation

    Bridget O’Connor is a paediatric physiotherapist at Kids Plus Foundation and part-time research assistant with the ENVISAGE project.

    Bridget’s interests include promoting access to timely and high-quality developmental support for families and children, particularly in regional and rural areas. She has worked in hospital and community settings across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and overseas. In 2000 Bridget developed the paediatric programme at Charles Sturt University in Albury, where she taught for ten years.

    Bridget recently completed her PhD through Australian Catholic University investigating standardised assessment tool use for children with cerebral palsy.

    Presentation | Changing drivers to change lives: Can changing how assessment happens be a changemaker for families…and health care professionals?

    Assessment is fundamental to all the health care professions, with individual assessment skills honed over time.

    Assessment is traditionally driven by the health care professional – observations made, information gathered, specific tests and tools applied, and judgements made about diagnosis, progress, and prognosis. But what does this mean for family well-being in the presence of childhood complexity? Can changing how assessment happens be a changemaker for families… and health care professionals?

    Margaret MaystonDr Emily Reid