He says he was prepared for anything during the placement, with his confidence built up in practical learning techniques through his study at Flinders.
This gave him an excellent understanding of physiotherapy in the real world.
“I had the knowledge and background to prescribe strength exercises and help patients build up their global strength,” Benjamin says. “I helped people get out of bed and worked with patients on their walking ability.”
Benjamin says his biggest challenge during the placement at Flinders Medical Centre was learning to have the initiative to create his own tasks and guide his own learning.
“Once I started to do this, I got so much more out of the placement as I was doing many more tasks and gaining many more experiences,” he says.
“I asked about different physiotherapy techniques, and I was able to try the different techniques on different patients after gaining their consent.”
The placement at the Southern Adelaide hospital was one of two industry placements undertaken as part of his studies so far. He has also spent time within Flinders University’s SHAPE (Sport, Health, Physical Activity and Exercise) research centre, which works to produce translational research to enhance knowledge and understanding around sport and physical activity.
As part of his placement with SHAPE, Benjamin says he worked on multiple research projects regarding physical activity levels of students undertaking bachelor degrees.
He believes that his studies provided him with an education that was much more than just the standard theory.