Sydney Occupational Therapy student honoured at awards night

4 June 2014

The Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences recently held its annual Awards Night in MacLaurin Hall at the University of Sydney. These awards are held to recognise students, staff and alumni who have excelled in their work as well as their contributions to the community.

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The Dean, Professor Kathryn Refshauge told the assembled students, alumni and staff to “be brave and really live your life,” a life lesson she is passionate about. Professor Refshauge spoke of her admiration for the hard work, dedication and achievement of award winners recognised on the night.
The guest speaker for the event was alumnus Jordan O’Reilly. Jordan completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at the Faculty in 2012 and, during this time, established Fighting Chance Australia, a youth-led not-for-profit organisation which creates choice opportunities for young adults with physical disabilities.
As operations director of Fighting Chance, Jordan oversees daily operations and volunteer management. As he explained, “Fighting Chance now focuses on giving people meaning through occupation… in the way the rest of us take for granted.”
Jordan spoke about his late brother Shane who had a profound disability, and was his inspiration for beginning Fighting Chance. Jordan spoke about how people with disabilities in Australia are “ignored, invisible and siloed” by society, saying “I wanted to do better for my brother and his peers.”
Concluding his speech, Jordan wished all the award winners his congratulations and said, “I hope you genuinely feel the significance of your awards tonight.”
Wonder what it’s like to study health sciences at the University of Sydney? The Faculty of Health Sciences is a world leader in health sciences, allied health research and education. University of Sydney Health Sciences faculty are changing the health landscape and working to improve health and well-being for individuals, families and communities worldwide.
There are several disciplines within the Sydney Health Sciences:

University of Sydney’s Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of Sydney), New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 1, 2014

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