Seeing this journey up close and personal impacted me significantly. The importance of health professionals became obvious to me and this situation is what inspired my career choice. On the anniversary of her passing, I was excited that soon I will be able to assist those just like her with grandchildren just like me.
Since then I have been working a casual job as receptionist at Eastwood Physiotherapy Clinic where most patients are over the age of 70. Often I have conversations with patients about how important they find physiotherapy for their functioning in everyday life. Every week I am further inspired to become a better physiotherapist.
Although unrelated to aged care, I have been volunteering for two years at South Adelaide Football Club in the SANFL. Here I have the opportunity to watch physiotherapists work and improve my manual skills through massage and taping. This scholarship will allow me to work less and volunteer more. Especially next year when I am doing placement and unable to work for weeks at a time it will be critical in reducing financial pressures. This will allow me to focus primarily on my studies, continue my volunteering and improve my skills. Thank you for your support.”