Monday, December 05, 2016

A Bond University graduate’s passion for paediatric physiotherapy

Clare MacFarlane dreamed of working in sports physio when she enrolled in Bond University’s Doctor of Physiotherapy program.

A Bond University graduate's passion for paediatric physiotherapy
Clare MacFarlane says Bond’s clinical placements helped her decide to pursue paediatric physiotherapy ( Photo: Bond University)

That was until she discovered a passion for paediatrics during the extensive clinical placements organised by the faculty throughout the program.

“This personalised approach continued right throughout the course. The faculty staff were amazing and took time to get to know all of us. I really admired the way they helped us discover our individual learning styles, which not only helped me as a student but is an approach I’ve embraced in my therapy practice.”

A few years after graduating, Clare secured a part-time role as a specialist paediatric physiotherapist in private practice and, at the same time, established her own mobile paediatric physiotherapy clinic on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

“It demands a lot of clinical experience, coupled with exposure to many types of disabilities and appropriate therapy management.”

In 2015, Clare was headhunted by the CEO of world-renowned US-based Neurological and Physical Abilitation Centre to serve as Director of Rehabilitation for NAPA Centre in Sydney.

“As Director, I am responsible for the overall management of the clinic. This includes supervising a range of other therapists—physios, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists—and devising therapy plans for our patients.”

Clare is also soon to complete her PhD at Bond University.

Wondering about Bond Physiotherapy School?

The Bond Physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years

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