Partnership adds Catholic values to professional skills

ACU health students will undertake practical placements with CatholicCare, with a special focus on serving marginalised clients (123RF)

A new partnership between Australian Catholic University and CatholicCare in the Sydney Archdiocese aims to embed Catholic social teaching in a more practical way in some ACU undergraduate programs. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

From Semester 1 next year, undergraduate and some postgraduate allied health students studying speech pathology and occupational therapy at ACU’s Sydney campuses will undertake their practical placements with CatholicCare, with a focus on serving marginalised clients, especially those with a disability.

Through the program, ACU students will be matched with CatholicCare staff in their area of expertise who will act as supervisors and mentors, not only in passing on professional skills, but also in ensuring that their care reflects Catholic values.

“While we try to embed Catholic social teaching in all our courses at ACU, this program will take this a step further by also making it a lived experience of professional practice, so that the CatholicCare staff will, for example, mentor client-centred care during the students’ practical placements,” said Associate Professor Elspeth Froude, deputy head of ACU’s School of Allied Health

CatholicCare believes the new partnership is likely to have many long-term benefits, helping it train future generations of health care workers who have a first-hand understanding of Catholic health care.


Students to go to the margins in new model (By Michael Kenny, The Catholic Weekly

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