Inaugural Freda Jacob scholarship and ILC scholarships awarded

ILC Strategic Projects Manager Francine Snadden has been awarded the inaugural Freda Jacob scholarship.

Freda Jacob AM was the inspiration, founder and driving force behind the development of the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC). The Freda Jacob scholarship, announced by the ILC Board in 2017 in memory of Freda, aims to acknowledge an individual who demonstrates the same determination, compassion and commitment to all people that Freda showed.

Valued at $5,000, the scholarship will enable Francine to undertake a Project Management accredited course. Francine is responsible for a range of projects at the ILC and she is enthusiastic about undertaking this training so that she can continue to efficiently and effectively deliver projects.

“I’m currently working on a range of projects that are aimed at improving individuals’ lives by giving them the tools and support they need to be more independent, safe and well. This may be through assistive equipment, technology, home modifications or allied heath support.

“My aim is to deliver these projects in the best way possible so that people with disability and those who are ageing can access the right supports they need in the simplest and most timely manner,” said Francine.

 2018 ILC Scholarship winners and board membersA further three ILC scholarships were awarded to Speech Pathologist Tanith Brien, Physiotherapist Lauren Noble and Occupational Therapist Nicola Seafield.

The scholarships aim to provide employees with the opportunity to develop in an area that will enable them to further support people with a disability and the frail aged, their carers and families.

Tanith’s scholarship will enable her to undertake work to become certified as a PODD (Pragmatically Organised Dynamic Display) trainer, enabling her to support people with complex communication needs, their carers and support people.

Communicating when you can’t speak can be a big challenge. People with complex communication needs communicate in a range of ways other than speech, including pointing, gestures, sign, communication books, boards and electronic communication devices.

PODD is a way of organising language in a communication book or speech generating device that enables people with complex communication needs to ‘have a voice’.

Tanith said she applied for the ILC scholarship to enable her the opportunity to be able to train people in using PODD communication systems so that people with complex communication needs are benefited from these language systems.

“Being able to communicate is a basic human right and I’m passionate about helping people who are unable to speak to communicate in other ways. Through providing training in PODD communication systems I hope to support people, including health professionals, carers, other support people and family members, how to set up and effectively use these language systems,” said Tanith.

Lauren’s scholarship will enable her to attend a PD Warrior course, an intensive, exercise-based program designed to drive neuroplastic change in people with Parkinson’s, helping to slow the Parkinson’s down. It is in stark contrast to the compensatory movement and cueing strategies employed in current clinical practice.

Launched in April 2012, PD Warrior is a nationally recognised program in Australia and is now licensed in four countries. As part of her studies, Lauren will undertake both online learning and practical workshops.

Lauren said she applied for the ILC scholarship because “it provides the opportunity to attend a course which could dramatically change the way in which she supports people with Parkinson’s.

In my role at the ILC, I work with many clients who have Parkinson’s. I believe evidence based practice is of the utmost importance, hence why further training in this area would enable me to better support people who have Parkinson’s.”

Nicola’s scholarship will enable her to undertake a 12-month distance learning program called ‘Brain Tree Training’ so that she can better support people with cognitive issues and dementia.

Nicola said she wants to be able to provide the best possible support for people with cognitive issues, including providing accurate assessments and having an increased knowledge of specific interventions that could benefit people.

“The course offers a great opportunity for me to further develop my skills in working with people with cognitive issues; and at the end of the day to better assist people to be able to support themselves and live independently and safely, which is what my role is all about,” she said.

ILC Chief Executive Officer Steve Glew congratulated the recipients on being awarded their scholarships.

“The Independent Living Centre is committed to providing employees with ongoing and interactive learning opportunities that will enhance their development.

“The studies the recipients will undertake will not only contribute to their professional development, but will also benefit the ILC and people with a disability and older people which is why they were chosen to receive the scholarship.

“The ILC has a high calibre of health professionals and we are very proud of their endeavours to continually improve the services we offer,” he said.

The total value of the scholarships awarded in 2018 is $13,700.

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