University of Otago School of Physiotherapy students and staff members, including (at left) lecturer Dr Ramakrishnan Mani and school operations manager Trish Didham, release balloons at the university clocktower to mark World Physiotherapy Day, and to celebrate the school's centenary. Photo by Craig Baxter.
The University of Otago School of Physiotherapy has made
plenty of strides over the past century, but yesterday was
encouraging university staff members to step out themselves,
for a healthy walk.
The school, which started life as the ''School of Massage''
in the university clocktower building in 1913, was yesterday
celebrating both World Physiotherapy Day and its own
Despite chilly conditions, about 20 university staff members
took part in various walks of up to half an hour, accompanied
by physiotherapy students providing historical information
about the campus and school.
Organisers said the walks, starting from the clocktower, also
aimed to highlight the health benefits of increased physical
Robyn Russell, an administrator at Te Tumu, the university
School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies said she had
greatly enjoyed the walk, and Eleanor Russell, also an
administrator at the school, said she had had a good time
''out among the blossom''.
The school will also celebrate its centenary with ''Reaching
Out'', an exhibition focusing on Otago physiotherapy
graduates (1913-2013), and being held in the De Beer Gallery
at the university Central Library (September 27-December 13).