"I wanted to pursue a career in physiotherapy because I enjoyed the physical and hands-on aspect of helping people achieve functional independence. A major aspect of the Doctor of Physiotherapy course is the wide range of opportunities for clinical placements in leading clinical facilities which consolidates theoretical knowledge."
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Why the Doctor of Physiotherapy?
Prior to starting the Doctor of Physiotherapy, I was completing my Bachelor of Biomedicine, majoring in Human Structure and Function.
I wanted to pursue a career in physiotherapy because I enjoyed the physical and hands-on aspect of helping people achieve functional independence. A major aspect of the Doctor of Physiotherapy course is the wide range of opportunities for clinical placements in leading clinical facilities which consolidates theoretical knowledge.
Why the University of Melbourne?
I had always been interested in health sciences and was thrilled that the Melbourne Model allowed me to explore other options in undergraduate study while meeting the prerequisites for the postgraduate Physiotherapy course.
Trinity College Foundation Studies prepared me well for my transition to University. It provided a comprehensive experience both academically and socially as it was an entrance program designed for the University of Melbourne and shared parts of the Parkville campus
The transition was made easier with many events that are run by the University and student societies that facilitated socialising and improving personal and professional skills such as barbecues, workshops and seminars. Information sessions and Open Day were really helpful in providing insight into possible options and advice on future pathways I was interested in, especially through conversations on student experience.
I liked the practical classes and anatomy labs that allowed me to improve my manual physiotherapy skills and consolidate my learning. These classes also allowed me to foster great friendships within the small cohort.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to go on clinical placements in different healthcare settings and being to apply theoretical and practical knowledge learnt in classes to clinical situations. The academic content delivered is extensive and comprehensive, including the latest evidence from research, delivered by experts in the physiotherapy field.
I have developed team-based skills and effective communication through patient-therapist roleplay, presentations and group projects. Importantly, I have also refined my skills in critically appraising scientific evidence and applying it to practice when I am on clinical placements.
I also enjoyed volunteering with UMSU Welfare and being part of the Welfare Committee. From cooking pancakes for Free Breakfasts to cuddling dogs for Puppy Therapy. It provided a different university experience and allowed me to meet with so many people from other courses and various backgrounds while having fun!
Advice for students
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there because there are so many resources available to help you achieve big things! Make the most of your university of experience by keeping an open mind and most importantly, pursuing what you enjoy and love most.