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Christchurch campus-run physiotherapy clinic marks 25 years

Wednesday 28 October 2015 8:14pm

The Barrington Clinic in Christchurch.

A Christchurch campus-run physiotherapy clinic where final year students get hands-on experience has celebrated 25 years of existence.

The Barrington Physiotherapy Clinic in South Christchurch is the University’s only community-based clinic. It opened in 1990 to provide community based experience for physiotherapy students in a musculoskeletal clinic setting.

Past and present staff and students, local providers, colleagues, and representatives from Otago’s School of Physiotherapy in Dunedin recently held an evening celebration to mark the anniversary.

Barrington Physiotherapy Clinic coordinator Penny Minnoch says 60 percent of registered physiotherapists work in a private practice. It is therefore important students are familiar with this work environment prior to graduation.

Physiotherapists Sandy Ferdinand and Gay Wood, who set up the Barrington Clinic, cut the cake at the 25th anniversary celebration.

“The clinic continues to provide excellent experience for fourth year physiotherapy students in the management of patients from the local community. Students spend six weeks at the clinic during their final year in Christchurch. They assess and treat patients under supervision of the clinic staff and are able to participate in the vocational rehabilitation process.”

Ms Minnoch says as well as invaluable experience for students, the clinic provides an excellent treatment option for people living in South Christchurch.

The University employs seven highly experienced staff who supervise the students, run postgraduate programmes, treat patients, rehabilitate people to work and assist with clinical research projects, she says.

These staff specialise in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. Areas of interest and expertise include manipulative therapy, acupuncture, exercise prescription and occupational health physiotherapy.