Chiropractic students always 'kneading' to help at NQ Games

Published:11 May 2018

TOP: CQUni Mackay’s Chiropractic team proudly supported athletes at the NQ Games. Pictured (back row from left) are Henry Jackson, Joel Pavlenko, Tracy Pearson, Lachlan Camilleri, Jacob Deguara, Robert Schmidt, Clinic Supervisor Dr Eileen Lai (and front row from left), Lecturer Dr Marti Harris, Adrian Kelly, Robert Foster and Maddilyn Brown. MIDDLE LEFT & RIGHT: CQUni Chiropractic students Jacob Deguara, Joel Pavlenko and Lachlan Camilleri enjoyed the hands-on experience of offering remedial treatments at NQ Games’ athletes. BELOW: Master of Chiropractic students (L-R) Katherine Ford, Jenna Godfrey, Fraser McClymont, Theunis Nieuwoudt, Georgia Lowe, Dy-Anne Ward and Lauren Blank proudly attend CQUni Mackay’s graduation ceremony last Thursday.

Armed with 772 metres of tape, CQUni’s Chiropractic students flexed their muscles and honed their remedial strapping and massage skills at the recent Mackay City Auto Group North Queensland Games.

Led by Mackay’s CQUni Student Clinic Supervisor Dr Eileen Lai and Lecturer Dr Marti Harris, the contingent of 20 provided remedial treatments to dozens of the games’ beach volleyball competitors.

CQUni was also one of a number of proud financial sponsors of the three-day event, which is widely recognised as regional Australia’s largest games.

“Our students performed strapping, massage and musculoskeletal assessments on players both before and after competition,” Dr Lai said.

“Soft tissue work helps to stretch tight and short muscles, it promotes blood flow and lymphatic drainage, and can prevent or minimise pain; all of these benefits contribute to enhance performance and recovery.”

Student Adrian Kelly said a lot of people were surprised to learn Chiropractors also offered remedial therapy and rehabilitation programs.

“Talking to and treating athletes at the NQ Games helped us create awareness about our field of expertise, and it was an honour to be part of this regional event,” Mr Kelly said.

Dr Harris described the opportunity as “important for students’ development and community connectedness”.

“Giving-back opportunities such as this one help our students build confidence, and also open doors for us to network and collaborate with other allied health professionals,” he said.

Dr Harris – who is deeply committed to sharing his skills through community service – recently returned from a two-week Chiropractic charity mission in India (Hands On India). He is now working with Mackay Chiropractic Campus Lead David Hannah to engage CQUni Mackay Chiropractic students in outreach programs in Vanuatu, Indonesia and Cambodia.

In further good news, CQUni Mackay’s cohort of Master of Clinical Chiropractic students proudly took to the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre stage to graduate together last week (May 10).

“We’re also excited to announce that all of our Masters’ students have already secured Chiropractic positions post-graduation,” Dr Lai said.

Employers that have offered support to CQUni graduates include: Thrive Health Co., Grays Chiropractic and Wellness Centre Ooralea, Aaron Chiropractic Centre, Discover Chiropractic, North Brisbane Chiropractic, Natural Care Chiropractic, My Chiropractor, and TLC Innisfail.