CQ University students Travis Atkinson and Russell Cunningham during Prime Minister Turnbull's tour of the university's new Allied Health building. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
CQ University students Travis Atkinson and Russell Cunningham during Prime Minister Turnbull's tour of the university's new Allied Health building. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Physio students get to work with Prime Minister

FOR the students behind the books and using the equipment, CQUniversity's new allied health department upgrade has more benefits than updated equipment.

"It's going to strengthen the course so it will promote other people to study here which will then help with the numbers of health professionals in this area to improve health and the health of this community," fourth year physiotherapy student Taylah Pringle said.

The 20-year-old was one of many students who turned up to uni before the semester started to show Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce all the Rockhampton campus had to offer.

Second year physiotherapy student Russell Cunningham, 24, said the high-profile visit put the course in the spotlight.

"It shows our industry is growing and how important it's becoming, so it makes us feel good we chose the right industry to work in," he said.

"Having this new building is great; we have all this extra room for fun activities."

Travis Atkinson, 20, said he knew he chose the right course in physiotherapy in his first year.

"I helped an old lady stand up for the first time in a couple of weeks and she was just so ecstatic with herself, that's the main reason I want to do it," he said.



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