Jindalee support worker receives Independent Living Centre WA scholarship


Nicola Seafield receives her scholarship by ILC board chairwoman Melissa Bramley (right) and board member Kay Cox (left).
Nicola Seafield receives her scholarship by ILC board chairwoman Melissa Bramley (right) and board member Kay Cox (left).

JINDALEE resident Nicola Seafield has received the 2017 Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) scholarship.

First introduced in 2007, the ILC Scholarship aims to provide employees with the opportunity to develop in an area that will enable them to further support people with a disability and the frail aged, their carers and families.

Valued at more than $3000, the scholarship will enable the occupational therapist to do a 12-month distance learning program called ‘Brain tree training’ so that she can better support people with cognitive issues and dementia.

Mrs Seafield said she applied for the scholarship because she wanted to support people with cognitive issues, including providing accurate assessments and increasing her knowledge of interventions that could benefit them.

“The course offers a great opportunity for me to further develop my skills in working with people with cognitive issues; and at the end of the day to better assist people to be able to support themselves and live independently and safely,” she said.

ILC chief executive Gerri Clay said the centre provided employees with ongoing and interactive learning opportunities to enhance their development.

“The studies Nicola proposes to undertake will not only be a great asset to her future practice as an occupational therapist, but it will also benefit the ILC and people with a disability and the frail aged,” she said.

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