Red-dirt chiro visit

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

A group of fifth-year chi­ro­prac­tic stu­dents from Mur­doch Univer­sity has re­turned home af­ter ad­min­is­ter­ing free treat­ment to in­land Pil­bar­ians last month.

It was the 10th trip made by stu­dents from the Perth univer­sity.

Stu­dents vis­ited Tom Price and Parabur­doo as well Wakathuni and Bel­lary Springs to pro­vide spinal health checks and chi­ro­prac­tic care.

The stu­dents prac­tised un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Dr Bill Hayward and Dr Lyn­don Amorin-Woods.

Pro­ject co-or­di­na­tor Dr Lyn­don Amorin-Woods said in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties peo­ple had no ac­cess to chi­ro­prac­tic care and, even if they did, many would not be able to af­ford it.

“It’s also a great op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents, who get clin­i­cal ex­po­sure to dif­fer­ent sorts of cases,” he said. “For many, this might also be the first time they de­liver care to in­dige­nous peo­ple.

“Be­fore they go up north they are re­quired to un­dergo cul­tural aware­ness train­ing. Many of the stu­dents re­port the ex­pe­ri­ence as life-chang­ing.”

Stu­dent James Le­vien said he en­joyed his ex­pe­ri­ence in Tom Price.

“It was very clear through pa­tient feed­back that our ser­vices up there were very re­spected and ap­pre­ci­ated and that made my ex­pe­ri­ence a lot bet­ter,” he said. “The pro­gram also gave us a good ex­pe­ri­ence of see­ing nu­mer­ous peo­ple which helped im­prove my pa­tient in­ter­ac­tion skills.”

Pic­ture: Mur­doch Univer­sity

The Mur­doch Univer­sity chi­ro­prac­tic team on top of Mt Name­less-Jarn­dun­munha.

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