Bridget O’ConnorPhysiotherapist | Kids Plus Foundation

    Bridget O’Connor is a physiotherapist at Kids Plus Foundation. Bridget’s interests include promoting access to timely high-quality developmental support for families and children, particularly in regional and rural areas. She has worked clinically in hospital and community settings in Adelaide (SA), Warrnambool (Vic) and Albury (NSW).

    In 2000 she developed the paediatric curriculum for the physiotherapy programme at Charles Sturt University where she taught until 2010. During this time, she mentored academic staff in their new physiotherapy programme at Kathmandu University in Nepal, and has continued her clinical work. She recently completed her PhD through Australian Catholic University investigating therapists use of evidence-based assessments for children with cerebral palsy.

    Presentation | Using evidence-based assessments with families: a means for collaboration

    Although best practice in assessment recommends the use of robust standardised tools their uptake by paediatric therapists has been slow. This workshop presents findings from recent doctoral work that explored assessment practices from the perspectives of allied health practitioners and parents of children who have cerebral palsy.

    This workshop provides a structure for critically reflecting on assessment through an examination of contextual influences for therapists’ and parents, and exploration of the clinical challenge of bringing evidence-based and family-centred principles together during assessment. The Steering Wheel for Collaborative Assessment framework and related checklist are presented as practical tools to support practitioner-family collaboration through assessment.

    Margaret MaystonDr Emily Reid