Physio student’s commitment rewarded

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Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 21-9-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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In recognition of outstanding leadership and commitment to rural health, The University of Notre Dame Australia’s fourth-year Physiotherapy student, Daniel Mahony, has been awarded the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) National Board of Directors Student Prize.

With an emphasis on the multidisciplinary nature of involvement and care, the prize will include travel and accommodation for Mr Mahony to attend the upcoming APA Congress, where he will be rewarded for his extraordinary leadership and ability to inspire within the community.

Dean of Physiotherapy, Professor Peter Hamer, said Mr Mahony’s passion and determination to improve health outcomes for rural and remote Australians was a testament to his good character and commitment to the profession.

“As soon as Daniel joined our physiotherapy program, he became involved in the multidisciplinary student group Western Australian Allied Health Interested in Bush Experience and his enthusiasm in this area soon saw him recognised to take on the role of secretary in 2008, President in 2009 and Vice President in 2010,” said Professor Hamer.

“He has made significant impact in areas of membership growth, securing of scholarships to support allied health students on rural clinical placements and has organised and volunteered at many events as well as being interviewed by the ABC National Radio about issues facing allied health students.”

Professor Hamer said Mr Mahony had also attended and presented at numerous rural health conferences around Australia and was recently invited to attend the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) National Conference as a keynote speaker later this year.

“Daniel is a true advocate for rural programs and a born volunteer and leader. He always offers his help and assistance. It is a pleasure to have him within our Physiotherapy program,” he said.

Mr Mahony’s contribution was recognised earlier this year when he received the Elizabeth Henley Endeavour Award from the School of Physiotherapy, as well as recent national recognition by the National Rural Health Student’s Network and SARRAH.

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