Jordan Rutherford

Jordan Rutherford

Jordan Rutherford

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Honours
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

As a teenager I was heavily involved in basketball, but through injury I was unable to achieve the playing goals that I had aspired to. I spent a lot of time with physiotherapists who helped me get back to playing and I saw this as a great career option, which would allow me to stay involved in sports and hopefully be able to do the same for others.

I graduated in 2016 and began my private practice career at Waverley Park Physio Centre under Andrew Dalwood – a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist who was able to pass on a lot of clinical knowledge and get my career off to a great start. Since graduating I have completed a number of professional development courses with the aim of continuing in the direction of sports and strength and conditioning. In 2019 I took up a role with the Australian Professional Golfers Association (PGA) at their Centre for Learning and Performance, where I set up my own practice and worked with elite and semi-elite golfers in tournament physiotherapy.

As a keen golfer myself, my job allows me to combine my hobby and profession. Golfers are often really passionate about their sport so they’re a really fun group to work with. I found earlier in my career that I would see people who were injured and once they had “recovered”, I wouldn’t see them until they were injured again. Through my physiotherapy and strength and conditioning training I am able to help people across the whole continuum from injury to performance, which is really rewarding. I’m not confined to just rehabilitation, so I have the privilege of seeing people thriving in their physical function. The private practice setting really allows me to get to know the people I’m working with and often their families too.

Studying at Monash was an obvious choice for me. The course design was very practical and hands-on throughout its four-year duration. It was very encouraging to hear from physio students who were having a positive university experience and to meet staff who were clearly passionate about what they do. I have no regrets about my choice to study at Monash and would encourage any aspiring physiotherapists to consider studying there too.

As a small cohort of around 90 students – we all got to know each other very well and I made life long friends through the course. I was also lucky enough to meet my wife in that same physiotherapy cohort.

In terms of advice I would give budding physiotherapists, I’ve found the idea of “treating a person, not just an injury” a really helpful piece of advice to keep in mind. Every person I see has a different background, set of goals and experiences. Keeping the focus of treatment on the person and not just the injury has helped me to get the best outcomes, bearing in mind what is important to that individual.

I’m really grateful that I chose the profession I’m in – and Monash was a really big part in setting me up for success in my career. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of highly skilled and passionate new physios coming out of Monash University in years to come.

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