HEADSTART: Final year CQU chiropractic student Madison Forster has been completing placements at Plainland’s Coast to Country Chiropractic clinic. Picture: Dominic Elsome
HEADSTART: Final year CQU chiropractic student Madison Forster has been completing placements at Plainland’s Coast to Country Chiropractic clinic. Picture: Dominic Elsome

Student’s cracking good job making rural dream a reality

MADISON Forster was 12 when she first realised she wanted to be a chiropractor.

Now that dream is coming true.

The final year CQ University student has become a familiar face for patients at the Coast to Country clinic at Plainland.

In her fourth year of studies last year, she was required to complete placements at a clinic, and driving past the Plainland clinic one day, she decided to try her luck.

“I stopped in one day … and they were like ‘yep, cool, we’ll sign you up’,” Madison said.

Since her first placements, she’s dropped in often for more training.

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The relationship with the team at Coast to Country paid off this year, when COVID-19 forced her university clinic to close.

Final year CQU chiropractic student Madison Forster. Picture: Dominic Elsome
Final year CQU chiropractic student Madison Forster. Picture: Dominic Elsome

Clinic owner Matt Sippel said being able to take Madison on for another placement was a “win-win situation”.

“Otherwise she would have been really struggling with the student clinics shut down,” Dr Sippel said.

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Originally from Julia Creek, Madison said she always knew she would head back to a rural area once she’d finished her degree.

Clinic co-owner Sharith Sippel said finding a student passionate about rural health was fantastic.

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“Traditionally we have struggled to find chiropractic associates to come and join us here,” Dr Sharith said.

“So to have a young person so interested in it … it is just so refreshing.”

And that passion has paid off, with a job offer on the cards once she finishes her degree at the end of the year.

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Madison said it was a dream come true.

“It’s taken a lot of stress off. I do not want to stay in the city, I want somewhere where I can keep my horse with me,” she said.

“So yeah, I was quite happy when these guys asked ‘do you want to come work for us?” I said ‘yes, please’.”