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  • What is Psychology?

    Psychology is the scientific study of how people behave, think and feel. Psychologists study everything about the human experience from the basic workings of the human brain to consciousness, memory, reasoning and language to personality and mental health. Areas of psychology include:


     
    What do Psychologists do?

    Psychologists are experts in human behaviour. They use scientific methods to study the factors that influence the way that people think, feel and learn, and evidence-based strategies and interventions to help people to overcome challenges and improve their performance.
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  • What is Developmental Paediatrics?

    Developmental Paediatrics is a specialised area of paediatric medical practice. A Developmental Paediatrician (also called a Developmental, Behavioural Paediatrician, or a Neurodevelopmental, Behavioural Paediatrician) is a child and adolescent medical specialist with advanced training and experience in all aspects of normal and disordered development of infants, children, adolescents and young adults up to age 18 years.

    What does a Developmental Paediatrician do?

    The Developmental Paediatrician assists families who are concerned about any aspect their child’s developmental journey from infancy to early adulthood. A parent’s level of concern is an important indicator of the need for careful evaluation. They often work collaboratively with Allied Healthcare Professionals like Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Social Workers, They perform assessments, sometimes supported by laboratory or other investigations. They diagnose and contribute to the long term management of children with medical disorders that are associated with developmental disabilities.
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  • What is Occupational Therapy?

    Occupational therapy (OT) is a health profession which promotes health and wellbeing by helping people to engage in daily activities and their profession. Occupational therapy is a type of rehabilitation therapy recommended for patients with conditions affecting the upper and lower extremities. The main goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.

    What do Occupational Therapists do?

    Occupational therapists, also called OTs, are individuals who are trained in the practice of occupational therapy. The role of an occupational therapist is to work with individuals who suffer from mental, physical, developmental, social or emotional disabilities and improve their ability to perform daily activities. This is accomplished through training, exercise, education, and home modifications to encourage an independent lifestyle.

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  • What is Speech Pathology?

    Speech pathology is a health profession that falls under the area of Human Communication Sciences. Speech pathology, previously called speech therapy, is the diagnosis, management and treatment of individuals who are unable to communicate effectively or who have difficulty with feeding and swallowing.
     
    A broad range of clients can receive speech pathology services. Clients may include children who fail to develop normal communication or people who acquire communication disabilities as a result of disease, injury or a stroke. Speech pathologists also assist a variety of clients with feeding or swallowing problems. Speech Pathologists at the Better Life Centre specialise in the following areas:


     

    What do Speech Pathologists do?

    Speech pathologists have been trained to assess and treat people with communication disabilities. Speech pathologists complete a degree at university which encompasses all aspects of communication including speech, writing, reading, …
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  • What is Social Work?

    The social work profession facilitates social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledges, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing. Social Workers at the Better Life Centre specialise in the following areas:


     

    What do Social Workers do?

    The social work profession in Australia is broad and diverse, but consistent to all practice is a commitment to human rights and social justice. Social workers work with individuals, families, groups and communities in the context of…
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  • What is Dietetics?

    The profession of dietetics contributes to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of illness by optimising the nutrition of communities and individuals. It utilises scientific principles and methods in the study of nutrition and applies these to influencing the wider environment affecting food intakes and eating behaviours.

    What do Dieticians do?

    Dieticians are experts in food and nutrition. They give dietary advice, help promote healthy eating habits and develop specific diets for people. Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into everyday information about food for health and well being. They can treat the individual or work with population groups; working by both prevention and treatment.
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  • What other services are offered at the Better Life Centre?

    Tarnie’s Tutoring
    The Better Life Centre is currently host to a special needs tutor, specialising in Autism Spectrum, ADHD, and other learning disorders.
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