Alyssa’s Story

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At 28 KINNECt’er Alyssa Deck learnt a whole new side of Occupational Injury Prevention and Management when she came to work for KINNECT as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

Alyssa joined KINNECT in 2014 and since that time she has moved from Rockhampton to continue her work with KINNECT in Cobar, New South Wales.

A shy speaker in the past, Alyssa has quickly overcome this fear through her opportunity to work onsite with KINNECT, developing public speaking skills and the confidence to create behavioural change.

Through her opportunities with KINNECT Alyssa has learned new skills and experiences on the job. We asked Alyssa what she’s learnt with KINNECT and why she is proud to be called a KINNECT’er

Describe your progression from starting with KINNECT to now?

I came from a private practice after finishing university, I had 2 years’ experience as an exercise physiologist before coming to work for KINNECT. During this time I worked predominantly in a gym prescribing. With my move to KINNECT I started a lot more occupational rehabilitation. I learnt a lot of new experiences with KINNECT like functional capacity assessments, preventative work, manual handling attainment, SmartMove’s programs and just generally getting exposure to other assessment. I used to hate public speaking but this role has really strengthened my skills.

What made you apply and progress in your career with KINNECT?

Mainly my partner got a job west of Rockhampton, I was looking in the area and saw KINNECT. Even though I hadn’t had any experience in occupational exercise physiology, I saw KINNECT and thought it might be a good idea to apply and learn some new skills. It’s great, the work is so varied it is just so interesting, and no day is the same. You just get exposure to so much.

What do you like the best about your job?

Meeting all different types of people and dealing with all different types of problems. It’s easy to meet people.

Do you think KINNECT has a distinct work environment?

It’s fast paced definitely, you have to have the energy for it but it’s really fun.

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far?

Being able to complete onsite programs like prevention is pretty big. But my biggest is probably getting over public speaking. I don’t like at all, but this job has made me so much more comfortable with it.

What has been your funniest moment so far working with KINNECT?

KINNECT took us all on a cruise last year, one night on the cruise was just so fun. Let’s just say there was karaoke involved.

What are your personal goals for the future?

To move into a senior role in an occupational rehab community.

Did KINNECT give you a lot of training for your role?

They did, they put us up in Brisbane for 3 weeks to train. Those 3 weeks was just training and learning the different assessments that we had to do. Also, so they could make us comfortable with the software. Ongoing training definitely happens you can give them a ring if you have a problem and they will help you solve it. Just lots of support.

Was it easy for you to progress?

Yes, it has been because you get exposed to so many things. It can be daunting and challenging but it’s fun and helps you move forward quickly.

What three words do you believe encapsulates KINNECT?

Positive, resilient and teamwork

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What do you like most about working with KINNECT?

The diversity of the role and the people.

Has a career with KINNECT given you many opportunities or experiences?

Absolutely, you get to see so many job roles. Things like, for one example I got to work with the Rockhampton Regional Council which was great. I got to sit in a waste disposal truck for some reason, and it was smelly but interesting.

Could you have imagined yourself in this position a few years ago?

No. I am happy about it, when I finished university I didn’t know many options. Once you get in the job you get exposed to other options like occupational assessments. Working with KINNECT I have had the opportunity to do a lot of travel and not just sit in an office.

What do you do outside of work?

I do a lot of exercise and my partner and I go camping a lot we haven’t had the chance to look around Cobar yet, but Rockhampton had some good hot spots.

What has been the most important thing you have learned while working at KINNECT?

To treat everyone with respect.