Students offered jobs from practicum placements

December 15, 2016

Eleisha Laurent (left) with supervisor Rebecca Morony

Eleisha Laurent (left) with supervisor Rebecca Morony.

Over 40 per cent of Clinical Exercise Physiology students at Murdoch University have been offered employment after undertaking workplace practicum placements in recent years, with one graduate describing being offered a job at the end of their placement as “the best day of my life”.

Students are placed with supervisors across the Perth metropolitan area from Mandurah to Joondalup. Practicums can vary including placements with the State’s top sporting organisations and well established businesses in the Perth Exercise Physiology industry.

Dr Jeremiah Peiffer, Head of Discipline for Exercise Science said Clinical Exercise Physiology students were required to complete 500 hours of practicum placement throughout their course, allowing students to grasp a clear understanding of their future careers’.

“Until the students have been into some of these organisations and seen the possibilities, their vision can be narrow. The practical experience helps the student’s future vision become a reality,” Dr Peiffer said.

“Our students get to experience a range of environments, clinical conditions and people which is going to build them into better practitioners and that is something they cannot do in a university classroom.

“Students can only learn so much from the theoretical side of things, but they really need to be out in the field practicing to build their skillset and become more employable.

“It just goes to show how valuable it is to have the backing of current industry practitioners to take on our students and assist Murdoch University to support them on their journey and prepare them for their future careers.”

Clinical Exercise Physiology student possess the skills and ability to provide exercise rehabilitation programs for clients with diverse conditions from cardiovascular disease and cancer to an array of neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Fourth year student Eleisha Laurent was offered employment at Curtin Stadium following a placement in the health and rehabilitation clinic and said the structure of Murdoch units helped develop an understanding of the field students work in, with the quality of Murdoch’s lecturers having an enormous influence on how students present ourselves as practitioners.

“All of our lecturers consistently presented themselves professionally and demonstrated various values involved within our profession such as patience, building rapport and using analogies to explain things. This certainly transferred over throughout my practicum placements where I was given tasks which either tested my confidence or help to build it,” she said.

“No day was the same keeping you constantly thinking about different aspects of the field. Even if you have the same clients on the same day of the week, their life will have altered in some way and knowing that you can help, either mentally, emotionally or physically, is the best feeling in the world.”

Many graduates of Murdoch’s Clinical Exercise Physiology degree have used the experience gained from their study and work placement to immediately set up their own businesses.

Murdoch Alumni are also finding they have gone full circle by being supervisors to the current cohorts of Clinical Exercise Physiology students.

Clinical Exercise Physiology is a mainstream allied health profession focusing on the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injury.

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