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Exercise scientists drive better health in Bourke

Sydney University exercise science students Phoebe Fraser (far left) and Charlee Mitchell (middle) with Maderlyn Thompson, Eva-Lena Crothers, Tracey Simmonds, Sally Simmonds, Will Mitchell and North West Academic Centre Student Facilitator Charlene Noye (all standing) with Jess Payton, Leonie Brown and Lily Hand (at front) at morning exercise classes at Coolican Oval . Photo TWH

Bourke residents can improve their general health and well-being with the placement of student exercise scientists in the town.

The program, run by the North West Academic Centre and University of Sydney, provides free advice, support and education on healthy lifestyle choices.

Phoebe Fraser and Charlee Mitchell, both aged 20, are Sydney University sports science students who are required to undertake work placement as part of their study.

Placement generally occurs in a local city gym or similar location, but these girls requested and received rural placements in Bourke.

Phoebe says that all students receive the same education in workplace learning, just in a different environment.

“I have been living in Sydney for a few years, and in Hong Kong before that.

“Charlee and I both wanted to step outside of our comfort zones and challenge ourselves to take on a rural placement in Bourke.

“I was overwhelmed at first but now I feel really privileged for the opportunity. It feels like a once-in-a-lifetime experience - and I am sad to have to leave.

“My time here has been awesome - I’ve absolutely loved it and it has opened my eyes,” Phoebe said.

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