Caitlin Hill, mentee in the Regional Mentoring Pilot in Queensland (Central Queensland University)

In 2010 I graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons). I then began work as a physiotherapist, treating a variety of sports, spinal, and Pilates patients. In 2015, I completed a Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. In 2016, I started work as a casual academic at Central Queensland University. Alongside my work as an academic, I commenced a Masters research higher degree, investigating the effects of a new kind of elastic tape in tennis elbow. Enjoying the research and higher education environment, and after securing a scholarship, I decided to broaden my project and complete a PhD. My focus remains the clinical and biomechanical effects of tape for people with tennis elbow, as well as the current clinical use of tape as treatment for tennis elbow. My studies allowed me to develop skills in data collection and analysis, writing, science communication and presentation, and project management that are beyond the clinical knowledge of my previous qualifications.

During my PhD I have also acquired a range of teaching skills, delivering topics in exercise and sport sciences and physiotherapy. Undertaking the role of unit coordinator has also introduced me to the administrative challenges of delivering an entire unit. In my additional role as a clinical educator, I enjoy facilitating the students’ assessment, treatment, and clinical reasoning in a small group environment.

I look forward to completing my PhD later this year, presenting the findings at conferences, and developing a career that combines my love of research, teaching, and clinical work.

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