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Alumni Catch Up: Gareth Mitchell

Physiotherapy as a career was something that I more or less fell in to, or repeatedly injured myself into.  Growing up in New Zealand as a competitive sprinter and rugby union player, a few major injuries made sure that the sports physio clinic was a place that I became very well acquainted with!

Years later, I find myself graduating from Sydney University with my Physiotherapy degree, spending a few years between Westmead Hospital in Sydney and some private physio clinics before stumbling across another great opportunity to work alongside the Australian Defence Force with Aspen Medical. 

I took on a Bench Physiotherapist role within the DOHS contract in early 2013.  My original plan was a 3-month stint of locum work away from Sydney to be able to fund my next spontaneous world adventure.  Four years later and I’ve had one of the most clinically and personally rewarding experiences having worked at almost every Defence base across Australia.  Exposure to some amazing and inspirational people in and out of uniform has created friendships and networks that I will hold onto for a long time, and am very grateful for having had to opportunity in such a great role. 

I am heading to Iraq with Aspen Medical before Christmas. To be involved in projects including the establishment of field hospitals in Iraq is something very exciting and I can’t wait to see it unfold.  The charitable, humanitarian and philanthropic direction of Aspen Medical and its Alumni community makes it an organisation that I proudly associate myself with as a physiotherapist, and potentially down the track as a doctor as I have been accepted in the University of Sydney Medical School starting in 2018.