GRH-DWA Snow Placement

falls creek snow placement

Going Rural Health and Disabled Wintersports Australia 


In 2019, the Going Rural Health (GRH) team designed and set up a placement for four physiotherapy
students at Falls Creek, with Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA). This placement is continuing in 2020, but with some changes to allow for social distancing regulations, and to expand the placement to other disciplines.

The 2019 placement was extremely successful. See the flyer (attached below) for more information about what the students did during their placement, their impact, and feedback from participants:

Snow Placement Sept 2019

Snow Placement 2020

The 2020 placement is currently underway. Two physiotherapy students are completing a virtual placement to:

  • Complete a review of the literature focusing on the impacts of recreation/adventure activities on the quality of life and community integrations of individuals with a disability.
  • Develop understanding of community engagement for people with a disability.
  • Develop a resource for DWA which is useful to guides, trainers and staff of DWA, and presents physiotherapy education and intervention to a non-health professional reader/viewer.
  • Develop a resource for DWA which is informative to health professionals who refer to DWA, and includes evidence for justification for therapy, & funding submissions to disability support organisations, including the NDIS.

Four physiotherapy students will be commencing placement in July. In accordance with COVID-19 disruptions and associated restrictions, students will expand upon service improvement initiatives implemented by students in 2019. The 2020 cohort will develop further electronic resources for DWA which are useful to guides, trainers and staff of DWA.

2020 will also see the expansion of the program to include speech pathology students who will work with DWA and their participants to implement an initiative to promote communication access for participants. Potential initiatives to date have included facility signage, communication partner training and/or visual communication systems.


Rebecca Oates

Associate Lecturer | Rural Health Community Placements

Speech Pathologist

Thanks to Dale Smith for the use of the Falls Creek panoramic image.