L-R Bachelor of Early Learning graduates Jessie George, Rachael Collins and Morgan Foster at the CQ University graduation Ceremony in Rockhampton.
L-R Bachelor of Early Learning graduates Jessie George, Rachael Collins and Morgan Foster at the CQ University graduation Ceremony in Rockhampton. Chris Ison ROK061216cgraduation4

CQUni students celebrate graduating

A CQUNIVERSITY graduate's journey to obtaining his qualifications as a podiatrist really started 30 years ago.

Doug Swain was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and started on a journey where he has learned a lot about the type of help available for people with chronic diseases.

"I started tae kwon do after I found out I was diabetic,” the owner of Doug's Dojang said.

ROK280513taekwando.jpg Rockhampton fifth dan Doug Swain gets some tips off seventh dan Andrew Rhee, who will be instructing in Rockhampton next month. Photo: Contributed.
ROK280513taekwando.jpg Rockhampton fifth dan Doug Swain gets some tips off seventh dan Andrew Rhee, who will be instructing in Rockhampton next month. Photo: Contributed. Contributed

He was diagnosed when he was 23-years-old and since then has acquired five black belts, has run his own marital arts business for 20 years, worked in the allied health industry for about 12 years, worked in construction for 20 years prior to that and completed a university degree.

The 53-year-old was one of 373 Rockhampton-based students who graduated today.

Mr Swain said it was while he was working in allied health that he first became interested in podiatry.

He said he went on to enrol in a Bachelor of Exercise Science, which he spent two years studying part-time before transferring over to a Bachelor of Podiatry which he graduated from with Honours.

"I've supported myself the whole way through,” Mr Swain said.

He explained that he worked full-time for the first four and half years while studying part-time, then switched to working part-time (mainly through Doug's Dojang) and studying full-time.

"I found it hard the whole six years,” Mr Swain said.

"It was a constant learning experience which has made me a better, stronger person.”

And he already has found employment in his new career - working at CQ Foot Clinic.

"I've actually already started work.”



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