Popular Macquarie Doctor of Physiotherapy program calling for community volunteers

When students return to campus for second semester, Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy Health and Wellbeing Collaboration Program (HAWC)  is calling for new staff and adult community participants for its August-November session.

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As the university’s increasingly popular Macquarie DPT course grows, the community is being encouraged to get involved and partner with the healthcare professionals of the future.

“The Health And Wellbeing Collaboration is an innovative approach to the education of Australia’s future health care workforce,” says Clinical Educator Jacque North. “The HAWC volunteers are community members of all ages, with any current medical problems, who volunteer to allow Macquarie’s Doctor of Physiotherapy students to visit them periodically.”

“The program involves the interaction of physiotherapy students and volunteers (HAWCs) meeting regularly to discuss their condition, how it affects them and how they interact with the health care system.”

Although no direct treatment is given to HAWC volunteers, students will, over time, perform assessments of mobility and balance which may provide valuable information to the volunteer, their family and caregivers.

Macquarie DPT students may also use assessment findings to suggest exercise and physical activity programs which will be tailored to the volunteer’s health goals and needs.

Students will start visiting their HAWC volunteers from the end of August until the end of November.

About Macquarie’s DPT Program

The Doctor of Physiotherapy at Macquarie is an extended master’s level, professional-entry degree and will produce physiotherapists with advanced clinical decision-making abilities to practice person-centred health care in contemporary health-care environments. Students will learn the skills of the physiotherapist based on the best available evidence to effectively assess, diagnose, treat and educate people across all ages with disorders of movement resulting from a range of conditions. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills as well as business, management and leadership training and will be ready to launch a fulfilling career as a physiotherapist across a broad range of health-care setting.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Next semester intake: July 2016

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