Relationships: The key to effective occupational therapy practice with urban Australian Indigenous children

Nelson, Alison and Allison, Heather (2007) Relationships: The key to effective occupational therapy practice with urban Australian Indigenous children. Occupational Therapy International, 14 1: 57-70. doi:10.1002/oti.224


Author Nelson, Alison
Allison, Heather
Title Relationships: The key to effective occupational therapy practice with urban Australian Indigenous children
Journal name Occupational Therapy International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-7903
1557-0703
Publication date 2007-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/oti.224
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 57
End page 70
Total pages 14
Place of publication Bognor Regis, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract The aim of this exploratory study was to investigate what constitutes a socially and culturally appropriate occupational therapy service for urban Indigenous Australian families in Brisbane, Queensland. A qualitative methodology was used with data collected in two distinct parts. Part 1 comprised interviews and focus groups with 25 stakeholders in a newly established occupational therapy service for Indigenous children. Part 2 consisted of semi-structured questionnaires completed by 50 occupational therapists in Queensland. Results revealed guidelines for developing culturally relevant practice around 5 main themes. These were the need to: 1. develop effective relationships, 2. develop particular personal qualities, 3. understand the background of both the client and the therapist, 4. both gain and give knowledge, and 5. address logistical issues of service delivery. This study was limited to an evaluation of one service and included only teachers, parents and health service personnel. These practice guidelines could be applied to other settings with other Indigenous children,and their effectiveness evaluated from the perspectives of Indigenous children. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Keyword Australian Indigenous children
Cultural context
Paediatric occupational therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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