Occupational therapy graduate lands mining gig

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Occupational therapy graduate lands mining gig


Published on 1 May 2013

Theresa Grogan of Strathpine has landed a job with a mining company in Central Queensland after recently graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Theresa, 24, secured a place in BHP Billiton’s graduate program and is now working as a health advisor at a remote mining site out of Moranbah.

She said she was thrilled with the role and felt her USC Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree had provided her with a strong foundation of theoretical and practical skills.

“Occupational therapy is a diverse profession and I chose to study the degree at USC because it provides a high level of practical experience, which prepares students for their eventual careers,” she said.

“I feel this strong foundation has led to my current role where I work on a number of areas including case management, rehabilitation and return-to-work cases, injury classification and health promotion.”

Theresa graduated from USC on April 5 along with more than 1,000 graduates at two ceremonies on campus.

The former St Paul’s School student said she had enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at USC.

“The combination of the Sunshine Coast lifestyle, an occasional personal study session on the beach and the approachable staff make USC an ideal place to study,” she said.

Theresa said she planned to remain in the mining sector and was keen to expand her skills in case management and soft tissue therapy.

She said she also hoped to eventually travel overseas to provide occupational therapy services to children and adults from developed and developing countries.

The University of the Sunshine Coast will hold a Mid-year Entry Information Evening at its Sippy Downs campus on Wednesday 8 May from 5pm to 6.30pm.

This free event will give prospective students the chance to talk one-on-one with USC’s academic, administrative and support staff about how to start studying in July. It will include a 20-minute “Preparing for Study” seminar at 5.30pm.

— Jessica Halls

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