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Beach accessibility improved thanks to CQUni Physiotherapy

Beach accessibility improved thanks to CQUni Physiotherapy

Published:15 May 2018

Beach Accessibility Day participants included (front) Megan Vincent, Push Mobility rep Shane Hryhorec and Shannon Racz, and (back) Mark Taranto, Physiotherapy lecturers Vanesa Bochkezanian and Sasha Job, Rebecca Hartnett, Youliana Morcos, Nikki Cooke, Lauren Palmer, Amber Bowers and Charlotte Wade. BELOW: An image of Sasha Job and Rebecca Hartnett and other highlights from the day.

Does the magic of the beach bring you sheer happiness and joy?

CQUniversity Physiotherapy lecturers and students recently travelled from Rockhampton and Bundaberg and converged on Tannum Sands to ensure the local beach is permanently accessible to people with a disability.

Physio lecturer Sasha Job said the project was carried out in conjunction with  Accessible Beaches Australia and equipment supplier Push Mobility.

"Recently I was part of something truly humbling; something that reminded me to take pleasure in simple things and add life to my days," Ms Job said.

"I volunteered alongside some of my Physiotherapy students and colleague Vanesa Bochkezanian to make Tannum Sands Beach permanently accessible to those with a disability.

"We were able to give those with a disability the magic of the beach. There were smiles, tears, shouts of pure joy, high fives and gifts of shells.

Ms Job said students across all years of the degree volunteered on the day, including helping with floating beach wheelchairs and the roll-out of an accessibility path.

Similar beach accessibility projects are planned for Agnes Water and Bargara (near Bundaberg).