Injury leads to career in occupational therapy

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Injury leads to career in occupational therapy


Published on 27 April 2012

27 April 2012

University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Samantha Owen of Hervey Bay can recall the exact moment that she decided to become an occupational therapist.

“I chose to study occupational therapy when I was 18 after experiencing a third degree burn to my hand, which required a pressure garment fitted by an occupational therapist,” she said.

“I wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital until I had seen her, and I am so glad I did because she was amazing and very knowledgeable.

“From that day onwards, I knew I wanted to be an occupational therapist.”

The 22-year old, who attended Hervey Bay State High School, is well on the way to achieving that goal after graduating from USC with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy on Wednesday 4 April.

Samantha is currently working as a locum occupational therapist at Hervey Bay Hospital, after having previously worked at Bundaberg Base Hospital.

“Securing this latest position is a fantastic opportunity to gain a broad range of skills in a short period of time,” she said.

Samantha said she chose to study at USC rather than continue the Biomedical Science degree she was doing in Brisbane.

“After studying in Brisbane, I knew I didn’t want to study at another large institution,” she said.

“The Occupational Therapy staff at USC were very passionate about what they were teaching, and focused on encouraging big things from students.

“I found being around these people to be inspirational in helping me to realise that I was not just going into a profession where I work, but into a lifelong career.”

Samantha said she plans to also continue studying to research burns and scar management.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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