ASSBI has always given and continues to give young aspiring students a collegial environment to meet their peers and more experienced clinicians and researchers at workshops and the annual conference. The student membership price is a low $80 per annum and includes all the benefits that a full membership offers as well as other opportunities.
ASSBI offers opportunities to student members as well as student non-members. Some initiatives include:
Opportunity for Involvement
Have you worked with clients that have presented with a neurological condition in the last twelve months? Many clients presenting with neurological conditions also experience an acquired communication disorder. Examples of acquired communication disorders include aphasia, speech disorders such as dysarthria and apraxia of speech and cognitive-communication disorders associated with traumatic brain injury, dementia and right-hemisphere stroke. Current research suggests that significant challenges may arise as health professionals attempt to communicate with clients who have an acquired communication disorder.
You are invited to participate in a survey that will explore the experiences and perceptions of Occupational Therapists who have treated clients with neurological disorders, who may have also presented with an acquired communication disorder (Australian Catholic University Ethics approval 2017-310E). This survey will result in a deeper understanding of the day-to-day clinical experiences of OTs, identify areas where there is a potential for future training and development, and provide a rationale for further research investigating how OTs can be better supported when working with clients with an acquired communication disorder.
The survey will be available to complete until Friday 30/03/2018 and the link is: https://acu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4Hk6NFYatP1QYR. Once directed to the link you will find a more detailed Participant Information Sheet and an informed consent form.
I joined to link in with other students and professionals working in the field of brain injury and to be informed of conferences, events, and new research. I stay because it's linked me in with a great little network of colleagues as well as for the reasons that I joined in the first place! Have met some amazing people since joining and as a PhD student that works off-campus it creates a support network that is extremely valuable for me.
ASSBI has provided fantastic networking and development opportunities throughout my time as a student representative and member. As an ASSBI student member, I have been able to attend conferences, professional development workshops and student networking events; all of which have allowed me to connect with peers & colleagues from around Australia.