JOINT EF­FORT A BOOST FOR SKILLS

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A FIVE-week work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ment in Van­u­atu has given phys­io­ther­apy stu­dent Lea Har­ley new con­fi­dence in her skills.

Har­ley, who is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Phys­io­ther­apy, was one of five stu­dents from Aus­tralian Catholic Uni­ver­sity to visit Port Vila and the ru­ral com­mu­nity of Erakor Vil­lage to help peo­ple with long­stand­ing pain.

“They don’t have the ac­cess to health­care that we have and in many cases they are fear­ful of go­ing to hos­pi­tal,” she says.

“They didn’t have a high level of ed­u­ca­tion and English wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily their first lan­guage.

“Work­ing with them gave me a lot more con­fi­dence in my com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

The team helped more than 200 in­di­vid­ual pa­tients and ran five group ex­er­cise clin­ics that reached more than 400 peo­ple.

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