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The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in partnership with ATSICHS Brisbane and The Murri School is now providing regular allied health services building on the occupational therapy and speech pathology services which have been at the school for many years. These services are all free to children at The Murri school, as long as they have had a health check and been referred by the GP at the clinic. The range of services provided includes:
Children’s Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapists visit from both IUIH and the University of Queensland and there are services at the school on Mondays and Wednesdays during school terms. Occupational therapists work with children and their families on helping children with daily tasks. Occupational therapists look at how the child functions in various contexts such as home and school.
Occupational therapists can help with:
Children’s Speech and language pathology
Speech pathologists visit from both IUIH and the University of Queensland to complement the long-term service provided through the school for the last 20 years. There are services at the school on Mondays and Wednesdays during school terms. Speech pathologists can help children with:
The music therapist visits the school once a week and works closely with the occupational therapist and speech and language pathologists to help children with learning, remembering and talking. The music therapist also works with some students who might be having a difficult time but find music helps them feel better.
Dietitian: A dietitian visits weekly to provide support and advice for children and adults regarding healthy eating, the importance of food to learning and living well and specialist advice for people with particular needs (e.g. tummy problems).
Exercise Physiology: An Exercise physiologist is a specialist in understanding your body and the effects of exercise on making or keeping you fit and healthy. They can help with exercising after an injury or illness, exercising to lose or gain weight and with children and young people this happens through fun and games. An exercise Physiologist visits the Murri school every week to work with children and adults.
An Audiologist visits the school about once a month and is usually in the clinic the same day as the Ear, Nose and throat Doctor so they can work together to help your child. The Audiologist can test your child’s hearing and help you get services for your child such as hearing aids if they are needed or having grommets put in so your child can hear better. If your child can’t hear, they can’t listen or learn so it’s really important to have your ears tested regularly and to see the doctor if your child has a runny nose or runny ears.
The optometry service in 2015 will build on the great work by QUT over the past few years. This will now be a weekly service where the optometrist can test how well your child can see as well as how well his/her eyes are working together to understand what is being seen. This is super important for children when they are learning to read and write. The optometrist can help your child get glasses if they are needed as well as giving your child some exercises to help your eyes work better.
(Coming in 2015) Physiotherapy
A physiotherapis will visit the school once a week in 2015 to help children and adults with injuries or pain in their muscles and joints. The physio can help with special exercises to help your child get stronger after an injury.