Exercise physiology a matter of mind, body and heart

Kelly Tipping with patient, Kevin, at Regenerate Fitness & Rehabilitation. Kelly says she was attracted to Notre Dame's personalised and ethical approach to academic life..

17 June 2014

Exercise Physiologist Kelly Tipping says her all round education, encompassing pastoral care, real world experience and ethics, has helped her become a better health professional. Ms Tipping graduated from The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle Campus in 2012.

In addition to receiving extensive hands-on learning experiences, Ms Tipping was attracted to Notre Dame's personalised and ethical approach to academic life.

Being a mature age student, Ms Tipping valued Notre Dame's face-to-face learning environment saying she felt supported and comfortable in seeking guidance from academics on course work and various study materials needed for her course of study.

"Notre Dame's faithfulness to deliver pastoral care to all students attracted me to study at the University," Ms Tipping said. "The University doesn't just assess students by their grades alone; it is interested in who you are as a person and what each student's goals and passions are in their personal and professional lives.

"Completing the Core Curriculum throughout my Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science degree, which I also studied on Notre Dame's Fremantle Campus, allowed me to gain a deeper understanding about morality, how to act ethically and the importance of lending a helping hand to others – all of which have helped me become a better Exercise Physiologist."

Ms Tipping currently works with fellow Notre Dame graduate and Gym Manager, Ben Barnard, at Regenerate Fitness & Rehabilitation in Churchlands.

Delivered through the School of Health Sciences on the Fremantle Campus, Notre Dame's Graduate Diploma and Master of Exercise Science courses are designed to provide students with a contemporary insight to the cutting edge of health and rehabilitation-related knowledge and practice while educating the whole person and providing real world experiences.

"The Notre Dame Exercise Physiology course stands out from others in so many ways. Firstly our small numbers provide for an intimate learning environment and great pastoral care. Notre Dame also offers an international practicum and mental health placement programs together with opportunities to observe cardiothoracic and joint replacement surgery, of which no other university organises," Postgraduate Exercise Science Coordinator, Tanya Blee, said.

"This ensures our students have a greater understanding of both the psychology and physiology of their potential clients." Further to the University's commitment to developing healthy communities and educating people about the role of exercise and the prevention and management of chronic disease conditions, Notre Dame has established the Cambodia Immersion program, the only international practicum of its kind in Australia. For more information about the Cambodia Immersion program, please visit http://www.nd.edu.au/news/media-releases/2013/222.

Applications are now open to study in Semester 2. Visit www.notredame.edu.au for more information.

Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093; leigh.dawson@nd.edu.au