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The Good Universities Guide highlights CQU’s star graduates in Rehabilitation fields

Published:19 August 2020

Johanna Scully was offered full-time employment after she completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

CQUniversity’s reputation for producing some of the most employable graduates in the field of Rehabilitation has been recognised by The Good Universities Guide (GUG) 2021 with five stars awarded for full-time employment in addition to being ranked third in Australia for undergraduate employment.

The rating compares the full-time employment rates of graduates within four months post-graduation in the fields of chiropractic, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology disciplines.

CQU Bachelor of Physiotherapy graduate Johanna Scully received an offer to work at a Yeppoon based clinic straight after graduation thanks to the support of her lecturers and university resources.

“I was fortunate to have great support from my educators when finding employment. They walked me through the process and gave me the encouragement I needed.

I was also able to access the careers hub for help to proof my CV and prepare me for future interviews,” she explained.

With a range of learning opportunities available throughout her degree, Ms Scully felt more than prepared for the successes and challenges of the workforce which she believed advanced her in the eyes of recruiters.

“Throughout my course, I was given the opportunity to attend a range of workshops alongside my 25 weeks of mandatory placement.

"It also allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and travel to Thailand where I volunteered at a local school,” she said.

“I believe these experiences gave me a more holistic view of physiotherapy in different environments and further ignited my passion to help people.”

CQUniversity also received five-star ratings for full-time employment and median salary in health services and support fields.

Postgraduate courses ranked third for full-time employment rates and second in Australia for median starting salary graduates. Undergraduate courses ranked third in both areas respectively.

Dean of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences Professor Michelle Bellingan believed all the recent results released by the GUG are a testament to the high-quality of learning and teaching at CQUniversity.

“CQUniversity graduates are highly sought after by employers as our students are learning job-ready skills from the outset.

“We focus on practical learning opportunities to equip students with real-world skills and workplace knowledge.”

Professor Bellingan said the University would continue working towards improving rankings results to continually meet the needs of the health sector.

“Australia has a growing aging population and the tremendous challenge of disablement. The need for graduates in rehabilitation fields is more important than ever and CQUniversity is working to meet this demand in the industry.”