Marianne Fernandes, Education Program Coordinator, Back on Track
Donna Gurka, Education Program Coordinator, Back on Track
Sallwa Hourani, Education Program Coordinator, Back on Track
Trisha Donovan, Education Program Coordinator, Back on Track
The Back on Track team at The Children's Hospital at Westmead consists of three Education Program Coordinators who are responsible for implementing the program in New South Wales. In September 2015 the team expanded at The Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick, with one Education Program Coordinator.
The program coordinators, Marianne Fernandes, Donna Gurka, Sallwa Hourani and Trisha Donovan, have broad ranging experience in educational context from primary to high school and beyond. Their collective experience includes classroom teaching in a number of subject areas; coordination, administrative and executive roles across a number of school systems. Their experience and expertise enables them to understand the range of educational and social needs that students who are undergoing treatment for cancer may experience.
The Back on Track program coordinators adopt a collaborative approach that includes the student and their family, their school and other health care providers. Program coordinators aim to create a bridge that supports students during this difficult time when they may otherwise become disconnected from their school and peers.
The Back on Track program coordinators empower the student's teachers by working with them to identify and implement strategies that help them support their students. This is an ongoing process that continues until the student is able to resume regular schooling.