Port Macquarie physiotherapy graduate tops cohort and receives prestigious award

18 DECEMBER 2020

Port Macquarie physiotherapy graduate tops cohort and receives prestigious award

A graduate from Charles Sturt University’s first graduating physiotherapy class in Port Macquarie has topped the University’s three campus cohorts and received a prestigious academic award.

  • Ms Cambridge McCormick has received a University Medal for her outstanding academic results

Ms Cambridge McCormick, who is originally from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, has just been awarded a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and a prestigious University Medal in recognition of her outstanding academic performance during her studies.

Cambridge McCormick with Georgia WhiteMs McCormick is among the 42 graduates in Charles Sturt University's first physiotherapy cohort trained at its Port Macquarie campus, and achieved the highest overall mark out of the University’s entire graduating physiotherapy cohort from its Orange, Albury-Wodonga and Port Macquarie campuses.

“When I was told that I had received the University Medal, I was ecstatic,” Ms McCormick said.

“It is an incredibly proud moment to be recognised for the hard work and dedication that has gone into my studies.

“It also provided a great moment to reflect on the fantastic support that I have received from my family and friends over the past four years.

“With moving away to study, I have been incredibly lucky to receive ongoing love and belief from my family. My closest friends, who I have been able to graduate with, have motivated me in the most challenging of times and their friendship and support has been integral to my academic success.”

Associate Professor Michael Curtin and Ms McCormickHead of School in the Charles Sturt School of Community HealthAssociate Professor Michael Curtin (pictured with Ms McCormick) congratulated Ms McCormick on her well-deserved graduation results and University Medal.

“On behalf of Charles Sturt University and the School of Community Health, I’d like to offer my sincerest congratulations to Cambridge,” Professor Curtin said.

“She’s been a very dedicated and hard-working student throughout her degree, and she truly deserves a University Medal and to be recognised for her outstanding achievements.

“Cambridge will be an excellent physiotherapist and I look forward to seeing where her career will take her.”

During her time at Charles Sturt, Ms McCormick played an instrumental role in establishing and running her campus’s Physiotherapy Student Association and acted as the Physiotherapy Cohort Representative and a Student Representative Council Member for the Port Macquarie campus.

Next year Ms McCormick plans to start work as a New Graduate Physiotherapist in a hospital setting, and one day hopes to work as an Emergency Department Physiotherapist.

Charles Sturt remains committed to rescheduling its 2020 graduation ceremonies in 2021, with dates to be announced when COVID-19-related restrictions allow.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews, contact Rebecca Akers at Charles Sturt Media on 0456 377 434 or news@csu.edu.au

Image note (left to right): 

Image one: fellow Charles Sturt student and Ms Cambridge McCormick.

Image two: Ms Cambridge McCormick and fellow Charles Sturt graduate Ms Georgia White

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