Education – Training
Training sessions help best understand what is muscular dystrophy and how to best integrate a student who has muscular dystrophy.
MDA provides “on the job” training for university students at Camp MDA, and various other programs, depending on their professional study requirements. Over 12,000 hours per year of education and training is provided by MDA.
MDA runs a Teacher’s Seminar twice per year, once in early March and again in November. It is an innovative way to pass on a wealth of information regarding students affected by Muscular Dystrophy and their integration into the schooling system. It is designed specifically for teachers, integration aides and other school support staff who have a student affected by a neuromuscular disorder at their school.
Regular interactions are also maintained with health professionals to ensure that there is a clear understanding of what the dystrophic process entails and how it impacts upon the individual and family unit. The MDA’s philosophy is, that armed with accurate and timely information, every opportunity to provide seamless support will be realised for the client and their family. We enjoy making the journey through life just that little bit more comfortable.
MDA holds annual InformationMD! and EducationMD! Seminars. These seminars provide professional development information for teachers and teacher aides as well as information for families and friends of the MD community
MDA is available to visit schools and present to the teachers, teacher aides: And we also to the class of the affected child where necessary. Customised presentations suited to the specific age group have been developed to inform and to take the mystery out of what MD really is.
Having that conversation demystifies the condition, and allows class mates to continue with learning. Cough Assist training can also be arranged on site, fully auspiced by the Nurse Educators to ensure when the machine comes to your home, you are confident and comfortable with its use.
We offer student placements for OT and Physio Degree students, community placements for Masters Genetics students and work experience if required. This can be negotiated with our Client Services Manager. MDA also relies on tertiary education students to perform the critical support at CampMDA. These placements generally form part of the official curriculum where students’ performance is assessed and forms part of their overall university subject marking.
For further information, please contact MDA on +61 3 9320 9555, Contact MDA Client Services for more information – ClientServices@mda.org.au