Joseph Hong chose a career in physiotherapy because he likes working with, and helping, people.
“I find physiotherapy extremely rewarding. Physiotherapists have a lot to offer the community, working closely with patients to help them in so many ways. I find it very meaningful to help others stay well and be healthy,” he says.
“I chose to study at La Trobe as it has excellent healthcare training taught by amazing teachers. The University also has a long history of teaching Physiotherapy, all the way back to the merger with Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences in 1987.”
Joseph is based at the Bendigo campus, where he has enjoyed seeing familiar faces around campus and the resident kangaroos.
“People here are very friendly. As a smaller cohort, you get to know each other well and often see familiar faces on campus. It’s a well-supported learning environment with very dedicated teachers who are experienced educators and clinicians.”
“Other things I love about studying in Bendigo are the many kangaroos on campus, the library, the climbing wall, sports facilities and gym.”
“I also enjoyed the social events organised by the La Trobe Bendigo Physiotherapy Student Association. Having finished my last class, I will miss the fun times and laughs shared with fellow classmates and lecturers.”
Joseph, who will graduate this year, is looking forward to a career in physiotherapy.
“The demand for physiotherapy is growing, and there are opportunities in a whole range of different areas. In the future, I want to work in neurological rehabilitation with a variety of neurological patients to improve their quality of life.”
“I also want to work regional or rural, as there is a great community feel, a variety of conditions and every day is different. I also want to contribute to regional and rural health, where many Australians have a hard time accessing health care.”