Title

Physiotherapy celebrates inaugural Alumni function

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 9-6-2007

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place

Fremantle

Abstract

Inaugural graduates from Notre Dame’s Physiotherapy course gathered with current fourth year students for the firstPhysio Alumni function held in late August. Along with staff members, the past and current students welcomed members of the External Advisory Committee and members of the physiotherapy profession.

The function was held at the end of a Professional Seminar Day for the current 4th years who had a full day of presentations and workshops from members from the profession covering public, private, and rural sectors, the Registration Board and State Tribunal, the APA and representatives from Guild Insurance and the Health Services Union assisting the students preparation towards joining the workforce on graduation.

As part of the evening, four graduates from different sectors of the physiotherapy workforce presented aspects of their stories, experiences and messages to their colleagues and to students. This culminated with physiotherapist, Jillian Thomson, speaking to the gathering about her experiences as Personal Assistant to the late Professor Brian Edwards OAM, who had been the visionary and driving force for the establishment of the program at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

“The value of this function was most evident by the current 4th years tapping into the experiences and knowledge of the graduates about their experiences, how to get great jobs, the places to work as well as renewing or making valuable links for furthering the step to the beginning of their professional life,” said Professor Peter Hamer, Head of Physiotherapy and Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences.