Physio examining a patient's knee

A physio's dream to help children get back to good health

Meet the graduate helping children and families faced with adversity

A recent graduate, Jessica is already working in a rewarding job as a physiotherapist at the Children's Hospital at Westmead.

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Jessica Rallings – Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), 2017

After studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Jessica now works as a physiotherapist at the Children's Hospital at Westmead

In the future, she hopes to continue developing her physiotherapy and clinical reasoning skills, particularly in the paediatric field and in the public hospital system.  

She also wants to have a teaching role in her career, so she can pass on the knowledge and skills she has gained.   

In her own words

"I have always had a great interest in the intricacies of the human body and was eager to learn more about the incredible structure and function of the body. Additionally, I wanted a practical profession where I could give back to the community - I’m not one to sit still. I decided to study physiotherapy, believing (like many) that I would just learn how to treat musculoskeletal injuries. However, I found out there is much more to physiotherapy!

"The practical tutorials were my favourite aspect of the course. I really enjoyed learning from health professionals who had clinical experience in the field. This is where I learnt many of the practical tips that have been so helpful in the clinical setting. 

"I am currently working as a physiotherapist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. I work both independently and within a team alongside doctors, nurses, and allied health staff. This job gives me the opportunity to work in acute respiratory, rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal physiotherapy in the paediatric setting. 

"I love working in this area because I am surrounded by a great team of physiotherapists who help support my learning. I also enjoy working in this area because I get to develop a wide range of skills in a broad range of areas.

"Working in paediatrics gives me a new outlook on life. I am amazed and inspired by the strength, resilience, and perseverance of children and their families when faced with adversity."