ILC Scholarship Recipients Aim to Improve People’s Lives

ILC team members Hilary O’Connell and Michelle Conway were recently awarded the 2019 Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) Scholarships to support the work they do with people with disability and older people.

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.

Blonde woman head and shoulder portrait Hilary O’Connell is ILC’s Principal Advisor on Wellness and Reablement. Her scholarship will enable her to achieve the International Council on Active Ageing (ICAA) Leadership in Wellness Management Certificate.

Led by an international faculty based in North America, the course is supported by current research and best practices, and provides the essential knowledge, skills and tools to achieve success as a leader in active ageing and wellness.  

Hilary has a passion for promoting active ageing as an approach to ageing that helps older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness: “For the first time in human history, the total world population has more people aged over 65 than children under five. As these changing demographics open doors to new opportunities and unprecedented challenges, experts are realising that how we view ageing and adapt to it will shape the future of individuals, families, communities, nations and the world as a whole.

“Through this course, I’m keen to expand my knowledge of how other countries and industries are leading change and program business development in active ageing and wellness programs within senior living communities,” she said.

Regional Assessment Service Assessor, Michelle Conway’s scholarship willDark haired woman, head and shoulder portrait enable her to attend the workshop Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), being held in Victoria. 

Through Michelle’s role as an assessor, her aim is to assess clients in the community and determine ways to promote their independence through thorough assessment and intervention: “The assessment I complete with clients includes observation of how they are managing their daily living activities.

“The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills is an observational assessment tool that provides a measure of daily living activities, specifically assessing a person’s independence related to domestic and personal activities. This assessment would be beneficial to further my knowledge in relation to assessing clients’ performance, goal setting and adapting performance to overcome functional deficits,” said Michelle.

ILC Chief Executive Officer Steve Glew congratulated the recipients on being awarded their scholarships: “The ILC is committed to providing employees with ongoing and interactive learning opportunities that will enhance their development. 

“The studies that Hilary and Michelle will undertake will not only contribute to their professional development, but will also benefit the ILC and people with a disability and older people which is why they were chosen to receive the scholarship.

“The ILC has a high calibre of health professionals and we are very proud of their endeavours to continually improve the services we offer.”

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