JOINT EFFORT A BOOST FOR SKILLS
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.