EducationMD builds a bond between educators and children with MD

MDA National Centre 111 Boundary Road North Melbourne

Friday, 8 May 2015, saw the Muscular Dystrophy Australia (MDA) Head Office in North Melbourne turn into a hive of activity when the annual EducationMD seminar brought together a group of more than 35 education and health care professionals. The Professional Development Day is hosted by MDA at no cost to attendees and aims to educate a range of education and health care workers, from: teachers, teacher’s aids, allied health professionals and other health service employees.  The seminar provides a forum to present relevant information those who currently, or may in the future, work with children living with Muscular Dystrophy. There were also equipment and aid displays from Do Ability, as well as a dynamic garden bed display suitable for wheelchair access from Veg Trug.

MDA’s sponsorship of the Muscle Clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) provided access to a wide variety of well-respected speakers to address the group. The presentations focused on specialised areas, such as Occupational Therapy (OT), physiotherapy, mental health issues, social work and educational support; amongst others.

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The event was an overwhelming success, with those in attendance leaving with a wealth of information about how to interact and work with a child who has MD. Representatives of more than 15 schools took part along with a variety of other health care workers. The seminars have been running since the early 1990s and historically were held every second year, but due to such an increase in demand over the last few years they are now hosted annually.

MDA would like to extend a huge thank you to both the speakers for their informative presentations and the attendees for dedicating their time to increase their knowledge and skill set surrounding MD.

If you would like further information on EducationMD or register you interest for the 2016 seminar, please call MDA on (03) 9320 9555. The event is free and open to anyone working in the education or health sectors.