Students take initiative to offer chiropractic care in North-West

July 19, 2010

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Murdoch University fifth year chiropractic students will soon be heading to Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kununurra, Meekatharra and Tom Price to provide free chiropractic treatment.

During the first weeks of August, the students will be at local medical and health centres providing chiropractic treatment to the Indigenous population and others who are unable to afford treatment.

Dr Bruce Walker, Senior Lecturer at Murdoch University, said the students would conduct the free clinics under the supervision of an experienced Murdoch University clinician.

"Indigenous people often cannot afford or do not have access to chiropractic treatment, so we encourage them to take advantage of the free service," he said.

"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. Most of the students will fund their own travel and meals for the trip – the students travelling to Tom Price are sponsored by Pilbara Iron and NRW.

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

To make an appointment, patients can contact the following medical services in their area:

Carnarvon: Aug 1 – 6, the Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation on (08) 9941 2499.

Geraldton: Aug 8 – 13, Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service, GRAMS on (08) 9956 6555.

Kununurra: Aug 1 – 7, the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service on (08) 9168 1288.

Meekatharra: Aug 8 – 13, the Meekatharra health provider is still to be confirmed.

Tom Price: Aug 3 – 14, NRW, Tom Price, on (08) 9143 3610.

Media contact: Jo Manning
Tel: (08) 9360 2474  |  Mobile: 0408 201 309  |  Email: j.manning@murdoch.edu.au
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