UniClinic comes to the rescue of elderly patients

Cutting toenails

The troublesome task of cutting toe nails and managing calluses and corns will not be a burden for the elderly much longer, with Western Sydney University's UniClinic providing this service all in a day's work.

All treatments at UniClinic are offered at reduced rates with no referral necessary.

The Campbelltown campus based training facility for undergraduates, specialises in the areas of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Podiatry. They provide services such as minor nail surgery, assessments of sporting injuries, children's foot conditions as well as acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Tracey Huntley, 53, has been visiting UniClinic for over 14 years and says the friendly environment makes the students and clinicians approachable.

"It's obvious that students put effort into the consultation process because they find out exactly what I need which makes me confident in their ability," Ms Huntley says.

The convenience of appointment availabilities, free parking and handy location is what drew Ms Huntley to UniClinic.

"I found out about the clinic when I first moved to the area and now I try to go every week because they always manage to fit me in and I never feel pain the next day," Ms Huntley says.

As a compulsory part of their studies, students from the School of Science and Health are trained and observed in the UniClinic environment by professional clinicians, ensuring a comfortable experience for patients. This means more time is spent observing patients and an in- depth consultation is undertaken so that students can understand their situation.

Cristie Thomas, Manager at UniClinic, says the facility gives students the opportunity to work with the public by gaining degree relevant experience.

"It's an environment for students that give them an opportunity to put their theoretical learning into practice and helps students develop communication skills and interaction with their patients."

Offering a unique and cost- friendly service, UniClinic welcomes all new patients and is eager to assist the public with their general health needs at discounted prices.

To make an appointment please contact 02 4620 3700 or email uniclinic@westernsydney.edu.au



24 April 2017

Jessica Cortis, Media Assistant