Three decades after deciding to be a chiropractor, Nicole's back on top of her career plans

Published:29 August 2018

1. Chiropractic students Nicole Urmston and Michelle Balladon. 2. Kate Urmston. 3. and 4. Highlights from the treatment tents at the Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane event.

Nicole Urmston was one of 16 CQUni Chiropractic students who recently woke at 5 am on a rainy morning to provide care to participants of the Sunday Mail Bridge to Brisbane event.

Her daughter Kate also took part among the first-years who were involved.

Nicole, now in her final year of study, originally decided to be a chiropractor at the age of 15 and did work experience in that field.

However, her family moved to Sweden and her goals were further interrupted when she returned to Australia and married a member of the armed forces.

"Postings up and down the east coast of Australia meant I never had the opportunity to follow my dream," Nicole says.

After settling in Brisbane in 2009, Nicole started working at a chiropractic firm and attended a conference breakfast with the chiropractors she originally completed work experience with.

They asked why she had never become a chiropractor. That same year, 2013, her boss suggested she apply to the CQUni Chiropractic program that was starting at CQUni Brisbane in 2014.

Nearly five years later, as her daughter is embarking on her first year in the CQUni Chiropractic program, Nicole is finally achieving her dream.

“It was fantastic to meet so many people on the day of the Bridge to Brisbane event, and to work alongside students from all year levels and different stages in the program," Nicole says.

CQUni Chiropractic lecturer Dawn Dane says the program is developing as a family affair.

"We have siblings, cousins, children of chiropractors and of course Nicole and Kate,” Ms Dane says.

"Despite the rain, the students were kept busy for the entire morning of the Bridge to Brisbane event, treating more than 80 participants with a wide range of post-race niggles.

"It was a great opportunity for students from all years to get out and meet the public. While the queues were growing, the students worked together to create an efficient system ensuring everybody was seen and taken care of in a timely manner.

"This is an excellent example of how CQUni students are encouraged to use their developing skills and knowledge from an early stage to prepare them to be truly work-ready graduates.

The final year Chiropractic interns can be found Monday to Friday, working at the CQUni Brisbane Health Clinic, on level 2, 70 Station Road. Appointments can be made by calling 07 3023 4177.