Students head north to provide care to remote communities

July 28, 2014

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Fifth year chiropractic students are heading to remote areas in north Western Australia in August to provide free chiropractic treatment to people who would not normally have access.

The students will be visiting Tom Price, Geraldton and Meekatharra and will provide treatment under the watchful eye of their supervisors.

Head of Chiropractic, Associate Professor Bruce Walker, said this was the ninth year in a row that Murdoch students had travelled north to provide treatment.

“In remote communities people have no access to chiropractic treatments and even if they did, many would not be able to afford treatment,” Professor Walker said.

“It’s also a great opportunity for our students who get to experience different sorts of cases.

“For many, this might be the first time they deliver care to Indigenous people.

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

The visits to Meekatharra and Geraldton are coordinated and facilitated by the WA Centre for Rural Health. Rio Tinto and NRW provide funding to support the trip to Tom Price and the students going to Geraldton fund their own accommodation, meals and travel.

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

Those interested in receiving treatment should contact their local clinic:

Meekathara – August 4-8, contact Doris Lyon, Meekatharra Hospital, Tel: 9981 0671

Geraldton – August 4-8, contact Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service (GRAMS), Tel: 9956 6555

Tom Price – August 4-15, sessions will be conducted in temporary tent clinic in the Bird Park (next to the Tourist Centre). Contact Lyndon Woods on 0429 209 255.

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