Demi-Lee Roebuck - On the Right Path Early

On the Right Path Early

Written by Journalist, Angela Norval - Bundaberg Today, Friday March 26, 2021 

With a clear desire to embrace the wealth of opportunities available to her, St Luke’s Anglican School Year 12 student Demi-lee Roebuck is on a path to a compelling future in physiotherapy and one day owning her own practice. 

Demi-lee could not have imagined that suffering a bad injury in Year 6 could open her eyes to her future career path so young.

While she has always loved HPE as a school subject and had a keen interest in how the body and muscle groups work, it was this extended time with physiotherapists in her youth that saw her become passionate about this profession. 

Demi-lee said that living in a supportive community like Bundaberg, she had the opportunity to meet and get to know many local physiotherapists, some of whom she’d admired through witnessing their achievements in their profession. 

With next year to see Demi-lee enrol at CQUniversity in a four-year physiotherapist degree with plans to specialise in sports injuries with a focus on women’s sports injuries, she isn’t wasting any time in committing to further studies to make her transition into university life that much easier. 

Through the support of St Luke’s, she has been able to complete a Certificate II in Sport and Recreation and is currently completing a Certificate III in Fitness both through the College of Health and Fitness. 

Demi-lee has been able to also complete the university subject, Anatomy and Physiology at CQUniversity Bundaberg campus, over the summer break, through the St Luke’s-supported CQUniversity Sun Program, receiving a distinction grade for this subject. 

By completing this subject, Demi-lee has the benefit of guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy at CQUniversity and it also counts to her degree. 

Demi-lee is also proud to be a part of CQUniversity’s Principal Recommendation Scheme, which is an early offer scheme that allows Year 12 students to apply to an undergraduate course based on the recommendation of their high school principal, rather than ATAR. 

She has been successful in application of the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, and is now awaiting acceptance into the CQUniversity course, Occupational Therapy. 

Demi-lee said she was very surprised to learn about the Sun program and St Luke’s partnership with CQUniversity through the ongoing and personalised support of St Luke’s director of academic welfare and careers, Kane Kersnovske. 

“Mr Kersnovske has been so supportive of me and where I want to go and has opened so many doors for me including the Sun Program with CQUniversity,” she said. 

“It’s great to have a sense of knowing the unknown; in a few years’ time I’ll be 21 and qualified in exactly what I want to be. 

“I have been a student at St Luke’s since kindergarten and have continued to feel that I have had the opportunity to really achieve whether it is as simple as having subjects open to me like HPE to add value to my future career aspirations by teaching me about the human body, becoming a house captain in both middle and senior school or showcasing my love of netball through playing with St Luke’s open netball team and in the Vicki Wilson Cup competition.” 

Demi-lee suggested that by having a clear pathway to her future career of physiotherapy now, she’s been able to focus on her passion - dancing. 

As an avid dancer, already teaching regular weekly classes, Demi-lee will become a qualified dance teacher next year. 

She was also recently awarded runner-up senior champion at ‘Get the Beat’ regionals in Bundaberg, and is currently at an advanced ‘Gold Star’ level on tap at Encore Dance Studio under Penny Curd.