ORANGE is reaping the rewards of rural-based university training, with the newest batch of physiotherapists appointed at Orange hospital completing their degrees at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Orange.
Jo Logan from Newcastle, Clancy Pye from Oberon and Charlotte Orr from Dubbo recently began working at the hosptal.
“I always had the intention of staying in the country,” Ms Logan said.
“Training at CSU in Orange and then working here at the hospital has turned out perfectly.”
“They are really settling in well,” acting head of physiotherapy at Orange Health Service, Peter Young, said.
He said two of the new physiotherapists were already familiar with their surroundings on their first day.
“They had already completed work placements here at the hospital while they were studying,” he said.
Mr Young said since CSU introduced the physiotherapy degree in Orange there had been strong interest in work placements at the hospital.
Charlotte Orr said she enjoyed everything about studying in Orange and working in the health system.
“The great thing is we get to see such a diverse mix of cases here at Orange, particularly as it is such a large referral hospital,” she said.
Amy Fairbairn joined the physiotherapy team at Orange hospital last year and was enjoying the opportunity to expand her experience.
“There is great support here at the hospital in terms of developing your skills. It’s a nice place to work,” she said.
The new physiotherapists say with twice as many applicants applying for jobs available they feel fortunate to have secured themselves a place at the Orange hospital, which is the major referral hospital for the Western NSW Local Health District.
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