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Mitch Whitham receives prestigious international chiropractic scholarship

Academy chiropractic intern Mitch Whitham will pursue further studies in his field at the highest level after receiving a prestigious international scholarship.

Mitch, a fifth-year chiropractic student at RMIT’s City campus who joined the Academy’s sports science team in late 2019 under Dr Emilio Kardaris, was awarded a scholarship from the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), the body that provides chiropractors to all elite sporting events on the world stage from the Olympics. Although any student practicing in an institution can nominate themselves for the scholarship, only four will be accepted worldwide.

Mitch says the skills and experiences that he has developed at Bundoora Oval assisted his candidacy for the prestigious scholarship.

“It allowed me to develop my skills in a sporting environment and work on athletes who obviously value their health. That’s going to allow me to do more of that and it’s probably a big reason why I’ve been lucky enough to win this scholarship.”

“The fact that you’re learning from people with runs on the board who’ve gone out there and got the experience, because obviously being a fifth year student I don’t have any experience, so learning from people such as Emilio and some of the other clinicians, you’re just getting valuable information that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to.”

For the next 12 months, Mitch will attend four Zoom meetings to contribute his ideas towards a FICS commission for which he will hold an honorary position.

“[It gives me] the possibility to connect with more experienced practitioners but then also it allows me to do the learning modules and become a certified sports chiropractor and from there you’re able to go around the world and take chiropractic around the world with you which is really exciting for me, and also to work on high class athletes for the future.

“In the long run, the part of my ultimate mission is to serve as many people as possible with chiropractic care.”

Academy President Sally Tanner spoke of how the program is “thrilled” for Mitch.

“This is terrific reward for many years of hard work. It’s also a great reflection of the quality of the RMIT Chiropractic program and how it measures up on the world stage. The RMIT Sports Academy prides itself of providing truly unique development opportunities with dedicated and talented supervising staff. The Academy is proud to have played a small part in Mitch’s journey thus far and pays tribute to our Director of Medical, Dr Emilio Kardaris, for his work with Mitch in 2020.” 

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