Red-dirt chiro visit
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.”
The Murdoch University chiropractic team on top of Mt Nameless-Jarndunmunha.