All the right moves
Master of Physiotherapy student Adam Trama tells us what he loves about his course and his career.
Adam Trama grew up on a fruit farm on the Sunshine Coast and has always had an interest in sports. He’s currently a final year Master of Physiotherapy student, but he started off in a very different place.
“I started my career in the military. I was a strength and conditioning coach, so I was surrounded by physios.”
That was where his interest in physiotherapy started but it wasn’t until he was in the second year of his undergraduate Sport Science degree that something really clicked.
“I did a placement toward the end of my undergraduate degree which was at a physio clinic just to experience physiotherapy, and I loved it. I really liked the rehab side of things.”
Considering his current course, Adam lists the number of students in the cohort as one of the biggest advantages.
There are only 61 people in our course and having a small cohort means you can interact with every student. You have direct contact with the academics and get hands on experience a lot of the time.
“Physiotherapy is a very practical trade, so to have the capacity to actually apply those skills on many different people really helps, particularly when you go on placement.”
The smaller cohort also gives you direct access to your teachers and makes it easier to mingle with your peers. He enjoys the social aspect of his course too.
“There’s always some sort of event going on and they’ve always been a highlight for me. They’re a great way to meet people.”
Studying at a young university also appealed to Adam.
Because it’s such a new course, you know that everything is up-to-date, the facilities and the course content.
Previously quick to make judgements, Adam says that his course has made him more thoughtful and relaxed.
“I have to use critical thinking and take my time and not just rush in. For example, when you’re presented with a complicated case, you can’t just jump to conclusions because there are multiple aspects of treatment to think about.”
Being a physio, there’s a certain independence with the treatments you choose. Adam’s study and placements have given him the confidence to back his decisions.
“There’s not always one set way to do a particular treatment or assess someone who has an injury. You need to think critically and apply your own strategy based on what you’ve learnt from your mentors and supervisors.”
There are plenty of plans for when he finishes up at the end of this year. He’ll work in the army. He’d also like to do an allocation at a hospital, rotating through the different wards. And eventually, he wants to work for himself.
“In the long term, I’m extremely interested in business, so I think I’ll always end up establishing my own practice.”
Find out more about studying Physiotherapy at UTS