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ARC - No to OH as a core subject

A call for occupational health to be made a core part of the undergraduate curriculum was defeated.

Nicola Hunter, proposing the motion on behalf of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics, said ‘Physios treat patients of every age and we need to help people get back to work. We are in a recession and the UK can’t afford to support people who can’t work.’

But several students opposed the motion, arguing that the undergraduate curriculum was already very full.

Second-year student Rosalyn Brassington said that every aspect of occupational health was touched on in some way in the undergraduate years. 

Jenny Manners, of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, who works in private practice, said it was possible to help clients back to work without a specific occupational health element being added to the undergraduate curriculum.

Motion 39 was defeated

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