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Meet the new physiotherapy student executive

physio_student exec 2017 finalSix of the seven students who will make up the new executive for 2017 were introduced recently at the School. Here they are from left to right:

Megan Webb - Cultural rep: Hosts cultural dinners for students and faculty to attend, sets up communication cafe where international students are buddied up with Kiwi students to work on their casual Kiwi-English language skills. Megan also keeps an eye on our international students and helps involve everyone in school life.

Mitchell Crooks and Asha Read - Social reps: Mitchell and Asha arrange all of the social gigs for the year; Orientation Camp, Flat Crawl, wine and cheese night, the Ball and other more random events.

Hayden Kilgour - Education rep: Students talk to Hayden about any educational concerns or feedback on the course. He also helps organise clinical uniforms and schedules first aid refreshers. He also plans a quiz night but is not allowed to write the questions.

Cory Glover - Sports rep: Helps to organise social sport, the Relay for Life and the Health Sciences Interfaculty Sports competition which Physio wins every year ... but tied first with Dentistry last year.

Karla Van Der Walt - does a little bit of everything, helps write this page, and makes sure everything happens to schedule. Karla is student representative and talks with the Deans and Faculty on behalf of the students.

Aiden Toder (absent) - Treasurer: Aiden is our accountant and helps us pay for everything.

Student orientation camp 2017

physio student summer camp 2017 Human Pyramid 2Orientation Camp this year was held at the sunny seaside town of Brighton, just south of Dunedin. This annual student led camp was a great opportunity for students to meet each other and faculty in a relaxed setting. Here is a report from Student Executive member and camp organiser Karla Van Der Walt
“The annual orientation camp for new undergraduates joining the physiotherapy programme is always a lot of fun. This year’s camp was no exception. It was amazing to see the transformation in the sea of faces staring back at you when addressing the group throughout the camp. We started out with scattered groups of sheepish faces and mumbled replies, ending up with one big close knit group - tired, but laughing nonetheless. I loved being a part of running the camp this year. It really made the difference for our year when we joined the programme - allowing everyone to get to know each other and form the friendships that would strengthen throughout the year from working in closely together. I believe that physiotherapy requires you to work with others so you end up being one big family, where everyone looks out for you - students and faculty alike. It is refreshing to have team mates within the school who can help you toward the finish line. That is the goal of the orientation camp. To help our fellow students get to know each other and realise that there are people from so many different backgrounds entering the course and that everyone works together from here on in to get the best overall results - and to make some amazing lasting memories! It was terrific to see another year's intake of students embrace the friendly, cooperative and supportive nature of physiotherapy and its members - just like we did. Welcome to the family year 2 students!”

The always infamous human pyramid at Orientation Camp 2017

Highlights of 2016 

Gemma Alchin-Grey (School of Physiotherapy, Student Executive President 2016)

  • This year we celebrated World Physiotherapy Day by holding a massage fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society. Thirty students volunteered their time throughout the day to help raise $520. Awesome effort!

  • The Physiotherapy Great Gatsby 2016 Ball was held on Saturday the 10th of September at The Savoy. A brilliant evening had with 200 Second and Third Year students there on the night.

  • The 2016 Interfaculty Sports Tournament was held over two weekends in September. Physiotherapy students battled it out against Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy students in basketball, touch rugby, football and netball. In the history of this tournament Physio has triumphed every year, but unfortunately we will have to learn how to share the trophy as this year we came first equal with Dentistry.

  • With speeches completed and votes counted, the 2017 President of the Physiotherapy Students’ Association and new executive members have been announced. The 2016 and 2017 teams went out for dinner for a formal hand over.