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Gorman House Arts Centre is inviting interested
people to forward an expression of interest in
managing the Gorman House Saturday Markets.
For over 20 years the Markets have provided
Canberrans with a unique market experience,
offering local art and craft of every kind, displayed
together with imported goods from around the world.
The food court has a distinct multicultural flavour
and is a very popular location for food and coffee.
Open every Saturday from 10am -- 4pm -- the
Gorman House Markets offers the opportunity to
build a solid small business.
Interested parties are invited to contact Gorman
House Arts Centre for further information on this
Please phone Fay Duffey at Gorman House Arts
Centre on 6249 7377.
THE CHRONICLE, Tuesday, January 25 2011 - 13
Health course to reduce gap
ACT health minister Katy Gallagher chats with associate professor of occupational therapy
Doctor Stephen Isbel and Adam McKay, who, thanks to occupational therapy, recently returned
to work as a horticulturalist after sustaining a head injury in 2003.
ABOUT 15 new occupational
therapists will hit the workforce
in a few years time, helping to
address the anticipated shortage
in the industry over the next 20
The University of Canberra
and ACT Health have collaborat-
ed to provide a Master of
Occupational Therapy, which
will be offered from semester
two this year.
The two year course will
enable graduates to work in
hospitals, homes, classrooms
and hospitals to help people
function more effectively
through their illness or after
Minister for Health Katy Gal-
lagher, who launched the
program on Tuesday, said she
hoped that through providing
good conditions and career op-
portunities, the ACT Govern-
ment could entice the graduates
to stay in the region.
''We're not going to keep
everybody, but part of the aim of
having a course locally is that
instead of having to go out to
Wagga or Bathurst to do the
course, we can attract people
who live in Canberra to do the
course,'' she said.
Ms Gallagher said the course
would be targeting health profes-
sionals who may be after a
change of career, such as nurses,
who would most likely stay in
the territory when they graduat-
ed. ''Certainly it will take a
couple of years for people to
graduate out of this course, we
could certainly do with more
occupational therapists now but
it is trying to forward plan as
well,'' she said.
''This is just one part of a
larger work force development
program and part of it is more
courses to get more students in,
so we can graduate more and
employ more in the health area.''
Associate professor in occu-
pational therapy Doctor Stephen
Isbel said the course would
benefit both the workforce and
also the people the therapists go
on to help, by getting them back
onto their feet after injury.
He said entry requirements
included an undergraduate
degree, preferably in science or
health, but a bridging course
could be completed.
''A lot of people don't realise
what OTs can do until they're
out in the field, once they realise
they might think, well, OT's for
me,'' he said.
Dr Isbel said the shortage had
been identified by ACT Health
but also at a national level as
''They're quite clearly telling
us over the last five years that
there are vacancies across all
areas of occupational therapy
... so we know from the demo-
graphic data and from the natio-
nal and local bodies that this is
an issue,'' he said.
University of Canberra vice-
chancellor Stephen Parker said
the university had a lot to offer
the Canberra health system and
he was pleased to be able to
respond to an area of shortage.
It is anticipated that within
four years, between 15 and 20
new occupational therapists will
enter the workforce through this
masters program. An infor-
mation night about the new
Master of Occupational Therapy
will be held on Thursday, Janu-
ary 17 from 5pm until 7pm.
CARP MOVES INTO YERRABI
CARP have been found for the first time at Yerrabi
Pond and may have been deliberately introduced into
the site. Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said until this
year, Yerrabi Pond was the only stocked lake that was
carp free and had been so for more than 10 years, but
now that status had come to an end and it might never
be recovered. The carp were discovered during
routine fisheries monitoring.
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