Student profile – Priya Atkinson
Program Coordinator: Remedial Massage (Myotheraphy)
I love what I do because there is nothing greater than a patients ‘thankyou’.
Whether I have helped to reduce their pain, improve their quality of life or achieve the best they can on the sporting field, it is wonderful to know that I made a difference.
I always knew that I wanted to work with people. In year 12 I was investigating health and education careers. Reading about a local Myotherapist, I decided to find out more. After visiting her and seeing what she did, I knew right then that I had found the right career.
I’m the program coordinator for RMIT’s Remedial Massage and Myotherapy programs. I love working with the students and seeing them maximise their potential, leaving here as excellent therapists. In addition to teaching, I run my own business, Muscle Balance Centre.
At RMIT, the focus is on applying skills and knowledge learnt in a practical sense. Almost 70% of class time is in a practical learning environment, where theory is put into practice.
We aim to build a strong foundation of skills needed to start work in industry, and provide them with the passion and direction to further their own development.
Often graduates work as Myotherapists in small businesses. They can either run their own practice, or work with other myotherapists, chiropractors or other health care practitioners.
Myotherapists also work with professional sports people. Students sometimes undertake internships with sporting teams, and many continue on with careers with the AFL, NRL, the Australian Institute of Sport and many more.