GOOD things do not usually come from a broken arm but for Nick Mullen it meant the start of a career.
Former James Sheahan Catholic High School student Mr Mullen, 21, is one of 24 students at Charles Sturt University about to be the first graduate physiotherapists at the Orange campus.
Mr Mullen needs to complete his five weeks placement at Royal North Shore Hospital and then he will be a fully fledged physio.
He “fell” into the career after injuring himself playing rugby and observed how the physiotherapists helped him heal his arm.
But that was not the only motivation for Mr Mullen, the fact the course was in Orange sealed the deal.
“It seemed to be the best place to do it at the time,” he said.
“I wanted to stick around the area because I really enjoy living in the country.”
He said he plans to stay in a rural area if he can get work.
CSU lecturer Kerstin McPherson, from the school of community health, said she could not be more proud to see the first group of students on their way to graduation.
“They’re such a special year and they’re really good friends,” she said.
Ms McPherson said she anticipated most of the students would work in regional areas because the course had been targeted to train them on issues isolated to regional places.
For example they used case studies from Walgett where the physiotherapists, in one day, may see an elderly patient who had a fall, a baby with growth issues and a teenager with a sporting injury, she said.
Whereas in metropolitan area, professionals tend to specialise in a particular area.
Mr Mullen said that was part of the reason he wanted to work rurally.
There is always something different to deal with and learn form.
“I’m up to the challenge,” he said.