Developing advocacy in physiotheraphy students: Working with our Tanzanian colleagues
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The United Republic of Tanzania (URT) is an impoverished Eastern African country with poor health status and shortages of medical personnel. The Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, which includes a School of Physiotherapy, has been training health professionals in URT since 1997. The costs of educating students in the URT are significant given local indigence - the Diploma of Physiotherapy program costs $600 per year for one student and the Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) degree costs over $1000 per year, per student. As part of the Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at Bond University, students are asked to be advocates for their profession generically, and their distant colleagues specifically, by fundraising for their colleagues in URT. In so doing the students gain experience in marketing, promotion and event management as well as knowledge of and integration into the larger community of global physiotherapists. This initiative commenced in 2008 and in the first year raised over $2,000. These funds were forwarded to the Physiotherapy School in URT along with personal communications from the involved Bond University students.
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