Free chiro care for remote Pilbara communities

August 4, 2016

Murdoch chiro students during the 2015 Pilbara trip

The 2015 chiro team pictured on Mt Nameless (Jarndunmunha), L to R; Dr Lyndon Amorin-Woods (supervisor), Dylan Moltoni, Nils Osseiran, Kikki Grevle Iveland, Kristen Sheppard, James Levien, Peta Chien, Dr Bill Hayward (supervisor) Alyssa Chan, Marthin Mikkelsen (front).

Murdoch University chiropractic students return to the Pilbara next week to provide free treatment and care to residents of remote communities.

From Wednesday, 10 August, the final year students will spend 10 days visiting Tom Price, Paraburdoo and local Indigenous communities to provide free spinal health checks and other treatments to those who are normally unable to access chiropractic care.

The students will be conducting the clinics as part of the annual clinical immersion placements and will be supervised by Murdoch academics, Dr Bill Hayward and Dr Lyndon Amorin-Woods.

Head of Discipline of Chiropractic at Murdoch University, Associate Professor Bruce Walker said the students would be concentrating on muscle and bone problems.

“Murdoch chiro students have been making the annual trip north since 2006,” he said. “We feel it is important they undertake a broad range of clinical experiences prior to graduation to help them become work ready.

“This year’s visit will build on the long term relationships we’ve developed with local community members and health care providers.”

Project coordinators, Drs Chris Hodgetts and Amorin-Woods, said the trips are always popular with the communities they visit, as well as the students.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to gain clinical exposure to different sorts of cases,” said Dr Amorin-Woods.

“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.”

All participating students have previously gained experience working within the University’s Chiropractic Clinic, offering care to the public at the South Street campus.

The project is made possible in 2016 by the mining company Viento Contracting Services, CMB Resources Pty Ltd, the Shire of Ashburton and a private clinic, Canning Health Care.

“We owe these supporters a huge debt of gratitude,” said Associate Professor Walker.

“Without funding each year these outreach placements could not happen. The commitment to the local communities shown through this project is greatly appreciated by the people in those regions.” he said.

“We hope we can continue to take chiropractic students to regional, rural and remote regions for many years to come.”

The students will be running the clinics in the Doug Talbot Bird Park, Tom Price every day from 11-20 August, except Sunday, 14 August.

Clinics will be held at Paraburdoo Hospital on Friday 12 August, Monday 15 August, Wednesday 17 August, and Friday 19 August.

Timings are to be confirmed. For more information, call 0429 209255.

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