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Canada studies lead to Warracknabeal post

When Krystal Tandon applied to work as an international student in Australia, she had no idea she would find herself on the edge of the Mallee.

Krystal has a year to go before completing her Masters in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. A friend had told her how much she enjoyed international studies in Australia, so Krystal applied and won a role with La Trobe University based in Bendigo.

La Trobe posted Krystal to five weeks placement at Rural Northwest Health where she has been learning from physiotherapists Daniel Griffin and Brett Boyle. Krystal said she has loved every minute since setting foot in Warracknabeal two weeks ago.

“I have received a warm welcome from everyone and have felt at home since the first day,” Krystal said.

“The people are just wonderful here and that has helped me to ease into my placement,” she said.

“From the moment I arrived in town on the bus, people started making arrangements for me and made me feel so comfortable.”

Krystal’s interest in physiotherapy developed through her enjoyment of competitive dance. Krystal is ranked as one of Canada’s best Bhangra dancers and has taken a natural interest in the science of movement.

She has graduated from the study of kinesiology and is keen to progress in this field and learn more.

Krystal said she was fascinated by kangaroos and while she had only ventured around Warracknabeal since arriving, she was planning a trip to the Grampians before she leaves.

Krystal is pictured learning about knee complications from physiotherapist Brett Boyle.

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