Q & A with Nathan, genU Allied Health Assistant

Nathan Tucker funnels his passion for sports into helping seniors stay healthy and happy

Tell me about your role. What does a day look like for you?

I’m an Allied Health assistant at genU’s Eric Hart Centre and St Laurence Park in Lara.

I work with Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and a Dietitian to help our clients take part in group exercise programs. 

Our Allied Health team work in a gym and hydrotherapy setting. This includes gym groups, hydrotherapy groups, community groups, walking groups and cooking groups.

Our clients are mostly elderly who have been referred to us. This includes residents of St Laurence Park Retirement Village.’

What was your pathway to this type of work?

I completed a Bachelor of Health Science, Majoring in Exercise Sports Science, and Physical Activity in Health.

I have a sports background and a passion for health and exercise.

How does your work impact older people’s lives?

We target a few areas, like improving independence, physical ability, balance, cardio health, and providing rehab after surgery.

It’s obviously really great for improving your physical health.

But it’s also really good for promoting social and mental health.

For older people we find that group exercise offers a great opportunity to interact in a social setting.

What do you like about your work most? What gets you out of bed in the morning?

It’s so rewarding to see the positive impact our programs have. It’s great to see people improve their health and wellbeing while enjoying time with others.

Learn more about our Allied Health services for seniors