Lifetime of care leads to nursing degree

"I still can’t believe I’m a registered nurse,” says Sue McLean. But perhaps the La Trobe graduate is the only one surprised by that. It seems Sue has always been a nurse-in-training. And now, after completing her Bachelor of Nursing as a mature-age student in 2016, she’s official. Last month she started her graduate year at... Continue Reading →

Paige and the shop of opportunity

Most cash-strapped uni students love an op shop, but Paige Stephenson has an extra special relationship with her local. “I owe the op shop so much, it’s just incredible,” she says. The fourth-year paramedicine student has now entered her final semester, and she says she couldn’t have made it this far through uni without the... Continue Reading →

Time to talk about speech

It’s something most of us take for granted, but 1.1 million Australians have a communication difficulty, from toddlers to the elderly, and all ages in between. As such, the job of a speech pathologist is one of the most diverse in the health sciences field. This week is Speech Pathology Week, and many of our ‘speechie’... Continue Reading →

OT student beams dream job

There’s an old saying, if you want something done, give it to a busy person. Amy Whitten is your woman. The Masters of Occupational Therapy student is in her fourth and final year at La Trobe. And she’s just teamed up with a couple of local mums to open their own business. BEAM Bendigo is a... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Nerida’s story

Occupational therapy lecturer Nerida Hyett is completing a PhD based on community health and innovation through OT. She was asked to contribute her story for the book Celebrating Bendigo Women, which was launched last month. Here, we re-publish an extract of Nerida's story. It's an inspiring account of a Bendigo person, working hard to improve the community... Continue Reading →

News to nursing

The Tertiary Enabling Program is a pathway to university for many mature-age students. For Jade Arbuckle, it became the bridge between her past and future. Jade was working in administration at the Bendigo Advertiser when an ad for the program crossed her desk. In a serendipitous moment, she had just finished listing the steps she’d... Continue Reading →

Fate in Central America

We love this photograph of Tarlee Thompson, 4000 metres above sea level, on top of Volcano Acatenango, Guatemala. On top of the world. All those thoughts it conjures about expanding your horizons, they’re pretty well spot on, too. Since Tarlee graduated from the Bendigo campus with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters Occupational Therapy... Continue Reading →

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