Master of Philosophy student
Master of Health Practice in Rehabilitation
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Acupuncture
Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)
The benefit of postgraduate study is that it combines specialised academic and skills teaching with clinical experience, which gives you a higher level of academic knowledge and clinical skills, says Rebecca Tuhi who is currently completing a Master of Philosophy.
“I wanted to further my academic knowledge, improve my clinical skills and begin the journey into clinical specialisation. AUT has the only hand/upper limb course available in New Zealand, and the academic staff use their clinical expertise and knowledge to provide a course with quality academic learning and practical skills.
“What I like about the AUT approach is that it allows students to tailor their studies towards personal areas of interest, with both general and specialised papers. The mixture of both classroom and clinical practice ensures that students come out with a great base to build their clinical skills and knowledge.”
Confidently predicting injuries
For her Master of Philosophy research Rebecca is focusing on injuries to the triangular fibrocartilage complex of the wrist.
“This is a multi-component structure that primarily aids with wrist stability. It’s frequently injured with repetitive or traumatic incidents, causing wrist pain and impacting functional ability.
“My research will examine the validity of clinical provocative tests to aid with the diagnosis and predictability of injuries to the triangular fibrocartilage complex. It aims to improve a therapist’s ability to confidently diagnose such injuries, thereby ensuring correct treatment management. Hopefully this will positively impact referrals and waitlists for specialist input.”
Rebecca’s research is supervised by Dr Steve White, Julie Collis and Dr Alain Vandal.
Balancing work and study
Fitting study around full-time work and home responsibilities has been challenging at times, Rebecca admits.
“In addition to my studies, I’m working in a private hand therapy clinic that specialises in acute traumatic, congenital and degenerative conditions, which are treated with both surgical and conservative management strategies.
“Fortunately, I have a supportive family and workplace. AUT has also provided many options to help make study possible, including part-time study, online papers and block course timetables that minimise time off work.”