A strong ACU presence at the recent Australian Physiotherapy Association Connect Conference held at the Gold Coast in October 2015.
Staff and students from both campuses presented at the recent Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference held at the Gold Coast in October. Drs George Ntoumenopoulos and Ann Rahmann were invited speakers. Honours student, Patrick Banney, was awarded the Best Student Researcher Award for his presentation on “Are Physical Activity Levels Related to a Child’s Functional Capacity or Development?” This is a culmination of Patrick’s work as a recipient of the FHS Undergraduate Vacation Scholarship.
International clinical placements
Four students recently completed their 5-week clinical placement in Denmark and thoroughly enjoyed their experiences working in the communities of Holesbro and Aarhus. They learnt about a new culture and were able to apply their physiotherapy skills in the community focused clinics. The students and Danish educator enjoyed commuting between clinics on bicycles. Three students from VIA University College came to Australia and two students completed their 5 week placement in the Banyo ACU Health Clinic, the other student was placed at Sydney Aventis Hospital.
Six of our 4th year students also completed a 5-week clinical placement in Vietnam with volunteer organization, GGC Volunteers, based in Da Nang. Their orphanages, schools, clinics and facilities have very few trained people to attend to the children with disabilities. Our students provided valuable skills to these needy facilities with very different cultural and health practices.
Two staff members, Ann Rahmann and George Ntoumenopoulos, were successful in recent grant applications. Ann is the recipient for the Physiotherapy Research Fellowship in conjunction with Queensland Department of Health to investigate the prevalence of vestibular dysfunction in patients admitted to sub-acute rehabilitation.
George Ntoumenopoulos has been awarded three grants through St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney. The CEO of St Vincent’s Hospital Associate Professor Anthony Schembri has gratefully provided in-kind support for the 9th George Institute and ANZICS Point Prevalence Program focussed on secretion clearance in intensive care patients in Australia and New Zealand. Associate Professor Anthony Schembri has also provided in-kind support for a project to investigate the issue of de-conditioning of critically-ill patients in intensive care at St Vincent’s Hospital. Professor Allan Glanville Medical Director Lung Transplantation Director Thoracic Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital has provided in-kind funding to support a study to investigate the incidence of diaphragmatic dysfunction in patients pre and post lung transplantation.
ACU physiotherapy students played their annual netball and rugby union challenge against UQ physiotherapy students at the University of Queensland. We had representatives from all years playing in the teams. There was plenty of encouragement and support from ACU past and present students but unfortunately both our teams were narrowly defeated.