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Hands-on’s the way for new Curtin scholar

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New Curtin University of Technology scholar, Jada Ng, has chosen the hands-on route to a future career by enrolling in a physiotherapy course.

The 17-year-old Canning Vale resident is one of Curtin’s new Health Sciences Excellence scholars who have demonstrated high-level academic achievement in their Tertiary Entrance Examinations.

Topping the list of the more than 50 Health Sciences Excellence scholars, Miss Ng knew she wanted a career in health but was not sure what to pursue.

“There are so many good courses to choose from in health sciences, but I just could not decide what I wanted for a career,” she said.

“I was fortunate to have had a work experience opportunity in physiotherapy in Year 11 that really opened my eyes to the potential of this career.

“Later, I also talked to a physiotherapist and found out more about the course and career when I came to Curtin’s Open Day.

“I love the idea of having a challenging career that is very hands-on and practical in nature that will also require problem solving skills.”

Miss Ng said one of her favourite school subjects was human biology and that she was looking forward to helping people through her career.

“I’ve always enjoyed learning about the human body, and I want to be able to use the skills and knowledge that I will learn to help solve the problems of people who are in pain,” she said.

“I’m very excited to start my studies and experience the practical aspect of the course I’ve chosen.

“Learning how to diagnose problems and clinical work are areas I am really looking forward to.”

 The Curtin Health Sciences Excellence Scholarships were available to students who received a TER of 96.00 or above in 2009 and selected the University as a first preference through TISC to undertake an eligible undergraduate health sciences degree.

The scholarship provides a $5,000 cash payment per annum to assist with costs associated with studying, like textbooks and other incidental expenses, for the normal expected duration of the degree.

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