Chiropractor-in-training David Andrew also took part in the rural intern program. Contributed
Chiropractor-in-training David Andrew also took part in the rural intern program. Contributed Katie Cameron

Interns at clinic love Rose City ambience

SPINEWISE has a plan for the community and the future of chiropractics, one intern at a time.

This is the first year the chiropractic centre has started a rural intern program, and it has been a roaring success, according to principal chiropractor Donna-Maree Willett.

Spinewise provides guidance and application support for those who live around the region and want to be chiropractors.

The students then tell their city friends about opportunities to practise in the bush.

"It's harder for country kids to go and study, and the city kids want to stay in the city," Mrs Willett said.

"Until this year, the training for chiropractors was only in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth."

Chiropractor-in-training Robert Adas, originally from regional Victoria, said he enjoyed the country atmosphere of Warwick.

He decided to come to our region after a chat with his flatmate.

"It's great to meet the salt-of-the-earth part of Australia," Robert said.

"Everyone's so friendly and passionate about their health.

"In the city, health gets a bit taken for granted, and everyone wants quick fixes."

Robert said he loved the variety of the Warwick clinic.

"I've always wanted to help people and Med wasn't for me," he said.

"I get to treat patients, observe and see how the practice works.

"It's really educational."

Mrs Willett said having interns gave her time to do what she loved best.

"It allows me to focus on pediatrics and family care," she said.

"I can do more of what I like and focus on my interest areas."

Robert aims to come back to the Rose City after he graduates, along with fellow interns Jade Chang and David Andrew.



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