Document Type

Journal Article


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Psychology and Social Science / Social Justice Research Centre




This article was originally published as: Breen, L. J., Wildy, H. R., & Saggers, S. (2011). Challenges in implementing wellness approaches in childhood disability services: Views from the field. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 58(2), 137-153. Original article available here


3.a5i4us76a0bX5i l0(i0otyn,l iDnev) elopment and Education Despite increasing demand for wellness approaches from disability advocates and consumer groups, they are not implemented routinely in childhood disability services. Interviews were conducted with 23 allied health therapists and managers working within four Australian childhood disability services. They described attempts to embed wellness approaches into their policies and practices. The participants were challenged by professional and pragmatic issues arising from moving towards wellness approaches. The professional challenges concerned changing professional identity and working collaboratively with therapists from different disciplines. In addition, they were challenged by pragmatic issues of balancing quality of care with economic imperatives and the speed of change expected to adopt a new model of care. The findings have implications for the quality and delivery of services and support for children with disabilities and their families, for future research, and for the training of allied health professionals.




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