There’s no time to rest for globe-trotting Charles Sturt students

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Charles Sturt University Orange students working with children with disabilities and their carers at Chua Ky Quang, a Buddhist temple and orphanage in Cambodia.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Charles Sturt University Orange students working with children with disabilities and their carers at Chua Ky Quang, a Buddhist temple and orphanage in Cambodia.

That collective sigh of relief from students last Friday was the signal that semester one exams are over at Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Not everyone is on holiday though, as some students based at Orange campus will use the university break to practise their professional skills overseas.

CSU, through CSU Global, offers students the opportunity to experience the world through a range of international study experiences including short-term programs aimed at broadening experience and enhancing graduate employ-ability.

Physiotherapy students in their final year are involved in a five-week paediatric and disability program currently under way in Cambodia.

They will join interdisciplinary teams working with children with disabilities and their carers at Chua Ky Quang, a Buddhist Temple and orphanage, and at a private kindergarten catering for children with disabilities. Students are supervised by CSU staff including physiotherapy lecturer Kay Skinner.

A number of dental students will soon embark on a two-week program in Cambodia hosted by charity One2One where they will work on dental treatment plans and health lessons in various locations in Cambodia.

Later in the year pharmacy students in their final year will travel to Rangsit University in Thailand for six weeks working on a research and pharmaceutical industry program.

All of the programs have time for students to engage with the local people and culture in addition to clinical work.

The physiotherapy and pharmacy programs are partially funded by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan.

More information at www.csu.edu.au.

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