Accredited Exercise Physiologist, University of South Australia
Graduating as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Claire Neylon enjoys improving people’s quality of life and seeing the physical and psychological impacts of increased physical activity. ‘As an exercise physiologist I use exercise and physical activity as a form of treatment or management for people with a wide variety of chronic health conditions. Everything from cardiovascular disease to neuromuscular conditions to diabetes and obesity.’
During her studies Claire undertook a placement at Helping Hand Aged Care which gave her insight into a potential future in aged care and the wider healthcare landscape. ‘I learned a lot about communicating with all sorts of clients and also working in an allied health setting. In today’s health care environment it is essential to be able to work in a team setting to optimise the treatment outcomes for clients.’
‘At the moment I am concerned with improving my skills in the field and improving my quality of practice. I like working in the environment at UniSA’s Exercise Physiology Clinic as there is a wonderful team who I can learn from, allowing me to consolidate my skills.’
Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement and Health Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Exercise Science
Registered Midwife, Lyell McEwin Hospital and Director, The 2h Project
Midwifery graduate, Kate Taylor, was inspired to study after visiting Cambodia. ‘Hearing a young woman recall saying goodbye to her mother before she passed away during childbirth, led me to enrol in Midwifery. Through her tears she told me she would never forget her mum, that she was now pregnant herself and scared of what lay ahead.’ In that moment, Kate decided someone needed to help the disadvantaged in Cambodia, and that ‘someone’, should be her. ‘I thought, I could go to university, get qualified and come back to help them!’ And she did.
After graduating in 2005, Kate established not-for-profit organisation The 2h Project in an effort to reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity rates in Cambodia. The program has educated over 3,000 birth attendants, servicing 4.8 million people. ‘I’ve seen the difference simple acts of kindness can make. And the miracle of birth, well that’s another story!’
Kate’s equally passionate about her work as a Registered Midwife in the Birthing and Assessment Unit at the Lyell McEwin Hospital, and her role as Clinical Facilitator teaching UniSA’s future midwives.
PhD candidate, Exercise for Health and Human Performance Research Group, UniSA
After completing his Honours, Podiatry graduate, John Arnold, decided to pursue a higher degree by research and is now receiving a scholarship to complete a PhD. ‘Completing Honours opened up opportunities for me. I was able to explore a topic in detail and was fortunate enough to be introduced to established and enthusiastic researchers within the University.’
John’s research is focused on how the function of the musculoskeletal system is involved in the cause and treatment of injury and disease. ‘I enjoy the freedom to pursue my ideas. Knowing I’m making a contribution to advancing knowledge in my area is important, as hopefully in future we can develop better treatments for foot and ankle conditions.’
A career highlight to date, is the four weeks he spent overseas, visiting a world renowned orthopaedic and bioengineering research institute in Italy and attending two international conferences. ‘I was able to present some of my work and interact with researchers in my area. The experience was invaluable to my development as a researcher.’