Murdoch students head north to provide free chiropractic care

July 22, 2011

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Fifth year chiropractic students from Murdoch University and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) will visit Geraldton, Mt Magnet, Meekatharra and Carnarvon in August to provide free chiropractic care to Indigenous people and others who can’t afford treatment.

Murdoch University chiropractic students Matt Blakers, Nick Garratt, Emma Douglas and Erryn Boxall, along with Murdoch chiropractor Dr Lyndon Amorin-Woods will treat patients at the local Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS) and the Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH) in Geraldton.

In Mt Magnet and Meekatharra, Murdoch students Melinda Rogerson and Aaron Albrecht will conduct the free clinics under the supervision of experienced Murdoch University chiropractor, Dr Peter Chapman.

Jonathan King and Michaela Pearce from Murdoch and Michael Charlton from RMIT University will spend five days at the Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (CAMSAC) under the supervision of Murdoch senior lecturer Dr Randy Beck.

Dr Bruce Walker from Murdoch University School of Chiropractic and Sports Science said: "Indigenous people often cannot afford or do not have access to chiropractic treatment, so we encourage them to take advantage of the free service.”

"These final year students are capable of making a general health assessment but will essentially concentrate on muscle and bone problems such as back, neck, arm, leg, shoulder, hip and knee pain."

Dr Walker said that the University's School of Chiropractic and Sports Science encouraged students to undertake a broad range of clinical experiences prior to graduation, but the main purpose of the visit would be to build long-term relationships with local Aboriginal people in the hope of delivering ongoing care.

This is the fifth year Murdoch University has run this program with the students funding their own travel and meals for the trip. The program is coordinated and facilitated by the Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health in Geraldton.

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

Those interested in receiving treatment should contact their local clinic:

Geraldton – August 8-10, GRAMS, Rifle Range Road, (08) 9956 6555

Mt Magnet – August 15, 17 and 19, Mt Magnet Nursing Post, Criddle Street, (08) 9963 3100

Meekatharra – August 16 and 18, Meekatharra Hospital, (08) 9981 0600

Carnarvon – August 8-12, Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation (CAMSAC), 14-16 Rushton Street, (08) 9941 2499

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