Students to offer free chiro care in remote regions July 27, 2012 Final year chiropractic students from Murdoch University and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) will be providing free health care in remote Aboriginal communities and a mine site in northern Western Australia in August. The 16 students and five supervisors will be heading in separate groups to Carnarvon, Kununurra, Meekathara and Tom Price to run the free clinics, which start on Monday, August 6. Organiser Dr Bruce Walker from Murdoch’s School of Chiropractic and Sports Science said this was the sixth year the clinics had run. “The School has developed a good relationship with several Aboriginal medical clinics in the north of the state and over the years the students have been able to help hundreds of people who would not otherwise be able to access chiropractic care,” he said. “The clinics help to develop the students as health professionals also. They are exposed to working in rural and remote settings and also to often dealing with more severe muscle and bone problems that they do not see as frequently in the Murdoch University clinic.” Dr Walker said the students will be treating muscle and joint problems, particularly of the spine, and they will also treat headaches if they emanate from the neck. “One of the purposes of the trip is to help students build long-term relationships with local Aboriginal communities in the hope of delivering ongoing care,” added Dr Walker. “This has occurred in several of the locations already with graduates returning to Geraldton, Kununurra, Tom Price and Newman. “The feedback from patients has been overwhelming with frequent requests to come back more often.” Murdoch student Andrew Jackman, 27, who lives in Munster, said spending time at the Meekathara clinic would be an invaluable learning experience. “I’m hoping it will help challenge and improve my clinical knowledge as well as giving me the opportunity to interact with people from different walks of life,” he said. “I am originally from Melbourne so this is a good opportunity to experience rural Australia and learn about the challenges of delivering equal access to health care.” A group of students will also be treating miners from mine sites in and around Tom Price. The northern trips are sponsored by NRW and Rio Tinto. All the Murdoch students participating in the clinics 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: Carnarvon – August 6-10, contact Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation, Tel: 9144 2499 Kununurra – August 13-17, contact Kylie Newman, Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service, Tel: 9168 1288 ext 231 Meekathara – August 6-10, contact Doris Lyon, Meekatharra Hospital, Tel: 9981 0671 Tom Price – August 6-12, sessions will be conducted in temporary tent clinic in the Bird Park (next to the Tourist Centre). Contact Bruce Walker: 0419 714100. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, School of Chiropractic and Sports Science Tags: aboriginal health, bruce walker, free chiropractic clinics, murdoch chiropractic clinic, murdoch school of chiropractic and sports science, nrw, rio tinto, rmit Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!