Certificate IV in Allied Health Services

Through the NRL's VET Pathways program, Rachel Jeffs is able to study for a Certificate IV in Allied Health while simultaneously playing touch football for the Hunter Western Hornets.

Rachel has always had an interest in sport; she started playing touch at the age of ten and was a junior player with the Newcastle City Knights.

Rachel realised VET was an available pathway through interaction with the physiotherapists at her club. She is doing her training with Sharpe’s Physio, which is located under the club premises.

“To have a career that involves sport is a dream come true for me”, Rachel said.

“Playing at the elite level takes up a huge amount of time and if I wanted to pursue physiotherapy at university right now, I would be forced to make a choice between uni and my sport due to my hectic schedule,” Rachel said.

“The VET pathway I’m following has given me the opportunity to keep playing while working in the field of physiotherapy; it’s giving me some real-life, hands-on work experience”.

Rachel said everyone involved in her training have been extremely supportive throughout the process, which has given her so many opportunities.

“The highlight of my playing career so far was being named as flag bearer at the “Australian Youth World Cup in Malaysia.”,” she said.

Rachel is hoping to become qualified physiotherapist in the long term, and in the meantime would like to continue to work with elite sporting teams as a physio assistant.

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