Nathan’s Story

Injury Prevention, Physio, Occupational Therapist, Medicals, Health, Onsite Drug testing

New KINNECTer Nathan, started out with KINNECT as a new graduate physiotherapist and within 8 months of working for KINNECT has worked with refugees on Nauru and Manus Islands, worked on a multibillion dollar liquefied natural gas plant on Curtis Island and is now a fly-in-fly-out physiotherapist for KINNECT.

As a new graduate Nathan started as a live-in physiotherapist and through quick progression and his determination he was promoted to a fly-in-fly-out physiotherapist in just 9 months.

On his weeks off he can be found backpacking throughout Australia or in his local gym.

In this short period Nathan has achieved the most Flex Days collected in KINNECT’s history and with a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Nathan quickly escalated through the KINNECT ranks.

As a former semi-professional ice hockey player and former kinesiologist (exercise physiologist) in Canada, he has made a name for himself internationally in the rink and out.

Although Nathan’s still new to the KINNECT family he has quickly excelled in his role. We caught up with Nathan to hear more about his life and role with KINNECT. Read below to see what he thinks.

What do you like the best about your job?

The laid back, but super supportive KINNECT team. You communicate regularly with your colleagues and are always given supportive, friendly and motivating feedback from everyone in the KINNECT team, especially the Directors.

There is close communication between everyone.

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

Due to high international student fees I needed to apply for the job that paid the most as a new graduate, and showed opportunity to progress in a company, no matter the experience level. I also wanted to work predominantly in musculoskeletal therapy. This company caught my eye as many of the other physiotherapist jobs out there do not provide opportunities to advance like this at the new graduate level.

Do you like the travelling aspect of your job?

I love it. Not only do I get to travel regularly to Manus Island and Nauru for work but my 4 weeks on and 1 week off roster means I can also travel/backpack around Australia on my week off, which is exactly what I want to do.

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

Being promoted to a fly-in-fly-out position. As well as receiving the most Flex Days earned in the company history (you receive these if you go over your weekend dashboard). Basically you get paid to have a day off. You receive this if you put in additional work throughout the week, and it is easily accomplishable if you are willing to work hard.

In KINNECT’s eyes it’s a way for them to show their appreciation for our hard work in-house and on-site.

What opportunities have you had with KINNECT?

Onsite Physiotherapy

“The diversity of my role is fantastic!”

onsite physiotherapy rail
  • I currently have the opportunity to work on Manus Island rehabilitating refugees and asylum seekers.
  • I have spent a lot of time on Curtis Island at the QCLNG multibillion dollar liquefied natural gas plant providing onsite physiotherapy services.
  • I have had extensive experiences working on Nauru Island rehabilitating refugees and asylum seekers.
  • I have been based in both of KINNECT’s Gladstone and Rockhampton clinics working with private patients on musculoskeletal conditions and in various local gyms.
  • I have provided physiotherapy treatment to the local Gladstone Rugby Carnival and also provide onsite physiotherapy services to the members of the local Gladstone Council.
  • Finally, I have provided onsite physiotherapy services to Rockhampton Aurizon depot where I provide rehabilitated services to train workers.

What opportunities have you had with KINNECT?

Honestly I enjoy the variety of everything. I really enjoy the Manus/Nauru experience, as it is really challenging and keeps your brain working 110% as there are some unique injury presentations there. Treating patients through a translator has been both challenging and rewarding and hearing the life stories from the refugees and asylum seekers has been a humbling experience.

What are your personal goals for the future?

Finish my Sport and conditioning levels through the Australian Physiotherapy Association. I have level 1, but still need to complete levels 2 and 3 which will give me credentials to coach top athletes in Australia.

Professional development is a focus of KINNECT’s, all staff get uncapped professional development so it’s not hard for me to keep working towards my goals.

What made you want to become a physiotherapist?

As an athlete I spent many hours in physio clinics getting rehabilitated. My older sister is also a physio and loves her job, so I saw her experiences and wanted something I too would enjoy doing for the rest of my life.

What do you like most about working for KINNECT?

The variety and continual learning. I am appreciated as an employee. Each year the company does something nice for all the employees. Last year was a cruise from Brisbane to Sydney. This year an island getaway somewhere around the Brisbane area (it is a mystery and will be a surprise).

What three words do you believe encapsulates KINNECT?

Supportive, fair and opportunities.