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Mater “twilight” series a hit

Just like a Hollywood blockbuster, Mater’s twilight sessions “Encouraging Diversity: Challenging the Concept of Difference” were a hit with the announcement on 29 October that the series was a finalist in the 2009 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Service Delivery.

Under the direction of Mater Children’s Hospital Paediatrician, Dr Honey Heussler and the Department of Education, Training and the Arts, the videoconferences provided professional development opportunities for education and health professionals working to support children and young people with complex learning and health needs.

“The twilight sessions were a fantastic opportunity to highlight important issues surrounding the support of young people with learning and health needs, and help people providing those services to understand their needs on a greater level,” Dr Heussler said.

Interactive video conferences were held at Mater and linked to urban and remote venues throughout Queensland. Topics included “educating young people who are carers”, “domestic and family violence and your students” and “epilepsy and learning”.

The sessions were aimed at administrators, classroom teachers, support teachers, guidance officers, therapists, nurses, medical practitioners and allied health professionals working in all school settings.

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