The NSW Rugby League Carnival – known as the “Knockout” was held over the 1st weekend in October this year (2015) in Dubbo with the Walgett team as hosts. This year’s event attracted a crowd of over 15,000 people from all over the state of NSW, watching a combination of junior, women’s and men’s rugby league events.
Hands-On-Health Australia supervised a team of 22 students from RMIT, Macquarie University and Southern Cross University. Overall there were 437 patient encounters, with all students working amazingly hard in difficult circumstances. As always the October long weekend put on some extremely hot temperatures with Sunday being a roasting 37 degrees.
A highlight of the weekend was the Auckland Warriors NRL player Jonathan Wright coming in a number of times for treatment. There was also a number of other Indigenous NRL players attending, as well as some very talented younger players. Community members also made use of the opportunity to obtain treatment with Elders and other members coming from remote communities such as Brewarrina. Our service provides our Indigenous brothers and sisters an opportunity to access much needed musculo-skeletal care.
As usual a good time was had by all, exhausted, hot and weary students returned to study with a feeling that what they were learning was all worth it. These opportunities are great for them as they see patients that they would normally not have the opportunity to see in a student clinic. For example, we see a large number of acute injuries.
I was hoping for a Newcastle win so that we can return to Raymond Terrace for next year’s knockout but in an exciting final game the Redfern All blacks came from behind in the second half to beat Newcastle All blacks in an extra time win.
If you would like to be involved in next year’s event – 2016, please contact Joan van Rotterdam firstname.lastname@example.org