Georgina Coppi

Master of Clinical Rehabilitation

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“I have tailored my assignments towards my two roles, and I have broadened my specific evidence base and applied concepts into my practice.”

Georgina is expanding her clinical expertise as a physiotherapist while studying the Master of Clinical Rehabilitation. By completing the course 100% online and part-time over three years, she can balance her work and home life with study.

  • Why did you decide to study the Master of Clinical Rehabilitation?

    I have been working as a physiotherapist in a public hospital since graduating in 2001. After three lots of maternity leave I returned to work in a part-time capacity in 2020. I wanted to expand my knowledge base to improve my clinical skill set and also to enhance my employment opportunities.

  • What do you like most about the course so far?

    I have enjoyed being able to tailor my learning to areas I am most interested in and engaging in online discussions where other students question and expand my thinking.

    I have developed skills in writing and applying evidence more frequently as I am now more confident in doing this.

  • What is unique about the course at University of Melbourne?

    I really like the flexibility and how well the subjects have been organised. I have also found all the staff to be very approachable and helpful with any questions I may have.

    The fact that the course was online was a big plus as I am juggling both work and family commitments.

    I selected the University of Melbourne as it’s reputable and I was familiar with specific staff who teach this course having a high level of knowledge and experience.

  • Where are you currently working and how has the course helped you in your role so far?

    I’m working as a physiotherapist in the Spinal Outreach Service (SOS) and Posture, Pressure and Seating Clinic (PPS) within the Victorian Spinal Cord Service (VSCS) at Austin Health.

    My SOS role is community-based with the goal of preventing or improved planning of hospital admissions due to secondary complications after a spinal cord injury. As the PPS physio I assess and complete relevant equipment trials for specialised wheelchairs and cushions in a spinal cord injury cohort.

    I have tailored my assignments towards my two roles, and I have broadened my specific evidence base and then also applied taught concepts into my practice such as health behaviour change concepts, broader evaluation of rehabilitation practice effectiveness and confidence in trying some of these new techniques.

  • What advice do you have for someone interested in studying clinical rehabilitation?

    Plan ahead. Be organised and allow time in your week to keep up to date with the subject material.

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