Chiropractic students go 'out on a limb' to support Oceania Masters Athletics

Published:04 September 2019

CQUniversity Health Clinic Supervisor (Mackay) Eileen Petersen with L-R Chiropractic Science students Jacob Deguara, Kellen Jenner, Lauren Hunter, Henry Jackson, Lachlan Camilleri and Lucas Nielsen. BELOW: Injuries being treated.

A total 450 international athletes competed in Mackay this week, giving CQUniversity's Master of Clinical Chiropractic students an ideal opportunity to get hands-on experience.

The Oceania Masters Athletics Championships were held at the new $24 million Aquatic and Recreation Complex (ARC), at CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea.

CQUni Health Clinic Supervisor, Eileen Petersen, says the competitors came from countries including Australia, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Papa New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and India.

"For our fourth-year and fifth-year students, this has been a great experience to treat acute injuries and help the athletes with their performances," Ms Petersen says.

Chiropractic student Jacob Deguara welcomed having the new ARC available for events, saying "it's great to spread the word about the benefits of Chiropractic Science".

Chiropractic student Lauren Hunter welcomed the opportunity to mix with the international competitors, saying "it's been a good opportunity to get hands-on in the community".

CQUniversity's 5th-year Chiropractic students are currently treating members of the public at the CQUniversity Health Clinic, located at CQUni Mackay City campus in Sydney Street (Building 1, Ground Floor). For bookings, call 07 4940 3257, email, or book online at .

* The Mackay Aquatic and Recreation Complex includes an IAAF Class 2 Athletics Facility and Aquatic Centre with 50m FINA 10-lane pool and 25m pool.