HAWC

HAWC

The Health And Wellbeing Collaboration (HAWC) Program

The Health And Wellbeing Collaboration (HAWC) is a volunteer program which is an integral and innovative approach to the education of our future health care workforce. The program has several purposes:

  • We aim to impart a person-centred approach to healthcare which is best taught through experiencing healthcare from different perspectives. Through this program you will have the opportunity to observe healthcare in action and follow people and their progress as they navigate their own healthcare
  • In addition, the opportunity for students to integrate theoretical training with practice with real people in the early stages of their education is an ideal way to ensure a deeper learning experience. You will observe and practise foundation skills as you learn them in the classroom. These may include Interview skills, observation and analysis of movement, basic assessment skills, measurement of activity levels and response to exercise. Students may also track health indicators, health incidents and events.
  • Our collaborators, or HAWCs, are people who volunteer and allow our students to visit them periodically. Anyone can be a HAWC. We need people of all ages.

Frequently Asked Questions and Forms

Adult Volunteers

Paediatric Volunteers

Health and Wellbeing Collaboration (HAWC) Frequently Asked Questions for Adult Volunteers

The Health And Wellbeing Collaboration is a volunteer program which is an integral and innovative approach to the education of our future health care workforce.  Our collaborators, or HAWCs, are children and their families who volunteer to allow our students to visit them periodically in order to learn about paediatric health conditions. Any child with a health condition can be a HAWC.

The program has several purposes:

  • We aim to impart a person-centred approach to healthcare which is best taught through experiencing healthcare from different perspectives.  Through this program students will have the opportunity to observe healthcare in action and follow children with a health condition and their family as they navigate the healthcare system.
  • In addition, the opportunity for students to integrate theoretical training with practice with real people in the early stages of their education is an ideal way to ensure a deeper learning experience.  Students will observe and practise foundation skills as they learn them in the classroom. These may include interview skills, observation and analysis of movement, basic assessment skills, measurement of activity levels and response to exercise. Students may also track health indicators, health incidents and events.

There will be many benefits of volunteering as a HAWC.

  • Firstly you will be contributing to the education of future healthcare workers in an innovative new degree at Macquarie University.
  • Your students may, over time, perform assessments of your child’s mobility, balance or other activities which may provide valuable information to you.
  • Your students can also be involved in any of their HAWC’s daily activities such as assisting with home exercise programs and interacting with the children during playtime, mealtime etc and this may provide valuable assistance for families.
Students will be talking to you and your family about your child’s health condition and will observe and interact with your child as they go through their usual daily routines.  They could be involved in their HAWC’s daily activities such as attending medical/physiotherapy appointments, assisting with home exercise programs and interacting with the children during playtime, mealtime etc.  The students will also ask your permission to take a short video of your child performing an activity, skill or part of an assessment.  This video forms part of the student’s assessment for this unit and allows their tutors to see how well they engage, communicate and interact with the child and/or family members.
Students will contact you to arrange a suitable time and place for your initial interview with you and your child.  Initial contact will be in about mid to late March.

We do not want your appointments with our students to be intrusive or a burden, so it is completely up to you to decide when you are available. We do however hope you will be available approximately once every 3-4 weeks for students to visit and interact with you.

If you do not want to disclose personal information about yourself, your family and/or your child then that is your right. However, if you choose to provide a brief medical and social history, your students will be better able to complete an assessment and be better able to provide advice and assistance.  Students are trained in privacy, confidentiality and professional behaviour prior to commencing the HAWC program so you can be assured that your information will be treated appropriately.

No, your child will not receive physiotherapy treatment. However, the students may be involved in the implementation of existing interventions. In the first instance, the HAWC program assists students in the development of their physiotherapy skills. They will remain under supervision of physiotherapy staff at Macquarie University at all times.

ll personal details provided by you will remain confidential. Any and all information will be used only by our students as education material and if shared in a group or discussion, all identifying information will be removed.

Privacy Policy:  The Discipline of Physiotherapy at Macquarie University respects you and your child’s right to privacy and is committed to protecting the privacy of information we hold about you. Personal information supplied to us is only used in education-related activities. Information resulting from interactions with your students may also be used within the Discipline of Physiotherapy. In this case, all information identifying you will be removed. Students will have been trained in privacy and confidentiality requirements prior to attending appointments.

Yes. If you are unhappy with the program for any reason, please contact the HAWC coordinator immediately and we will discuss your concerns.  You are free to withdraw from the program at any time.

Complete an Expression of Interest form online or download a pdf.

Health and Wellbeing Collaboration (HAWC) Frequently Asked Questions for Paediatric Volunteers

The Health And Wellbeing Collaboration is a volunteer program which is an integral and innovative approach to the education of our future health care workforce.  Our collaborators, or HAWCs, are children and their families who volunteer to allow our students to visit them periodically in order to learn about paediatric health conditions. Any child with a health condition can be a HAWC.

The program has several purposes:

  • We aim to impart a person-centred approach to healthcare which is best taught through experiencing healthcare from different perspectives.  Through this program students will have the opportunity to observe healthcare in action and follow children with a health condition and their family as they navigate the healthcare system.
  • In addition, the opportunity for students to integrate theoretical training with practice with real people in the early stages of their education is an ideal way to ensure a deeper learning experience.  Students will observe and practise foundation skills as they learn them in the classroom. These may include interview skills, observation and analysis of movement, basic assessment skills, measurement of activity levels and response to exercise. Students may also track health indicators, health incidents and events.

There will be many benefits of volunteering as a HAWC.

  • Firstly you will be contributing to the education of future healthcare workers in an innovative new degree at Macquarie University.
  • Your students may, over time, perform assessments of your child’s mobility, balance or other activities which may provide valuable information to you.
  • Your students can also be involved in any of their HAWC’s daily activities such as assisting with home exercise programs and interacting with the children during playtime, mealtime etc and this may provide valuable assistance for families.
Students will be talking to you and your family about your child’s health condition and will observe and interact with your child as they go through their usual daily routines.  They could be involved in their HAWC’s daily activities such as attending medical/physiotherapy appointments, assisting with home exercise programs and interacting with the children during playtime, mealtime etc.  The students will also ask your permission to take a short video of your child performing an activity, skill or part of an assessment.  This video forms part of the student’s assessment for this unit and allows their tutors to see how well they engage, communicate and interact with the child and/or family members.
Students will contact you to arrange a suitable time and place for your initial interview with you and your child.  Initial contact will be in about mid to late March.

We do not want your appointments with our students to be intrusive or a burden, so it is completely up to you to decide when you are available. We do however hope you will be available approximately once every 3-4 weeks for students to visit and interact with you.

If you do not want to disclose personal information about yourself, your family and/or your child then that is your right. However, if you choose to provide a brief medical and social history, your students will be better able to complete an assessment and be better able to provide advice and assistance.  Students are trained in privacy, confidentiality and professional behaviour prior to commencing the HAWC program so you can be assured that your information will be treated appropriately.

No, your child will not receive physiotherapy treatment. However, the students may be involved in the implementation of existing interventions. In the first instance, the HAWC program assists students in the development of their physiotherapy skills. They will remain under supervision of physiotherapy staff at Macquarie University at all times.

ll personal details provided by you will remain confidential. Any and all information will be used only by our students as education material and if shared in a group or discussion, all identifying information will be removed.

Privacy Policy:  The Discipline of Physiotherapy at Macquarie University respects you and your child’s right to privacy and is committed to protecting the privacy of information we hold about you. Personal information supplied to us is only used in education-related activities. Information resulting from interactions with your students may also be used within the Discipline of Physiotherapy. In this case, all information identifying you will be removed. Students will have been trained in privacy and confidentiality requirements prior to attending appointments.

Yes. If you are unhappy with the program for any reason, please contact the HAWC coordinator immediately and we will discuss your concerns.  You are free to withdraw from the program at any time.

Complete an Expression of Interest form online or download a pdf.

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