Matthew volunteered with Senses Australia, Muscular Dystrophy WA, Nulsen Disability Services and a range of organisations in Vietnam and Cambodia. This helped to introduce Matthew to the therapy and services available to adults and children living with disabilities.
Matthew also began working for Healthy Strides as our Volunteer Co-ordinator and helped to garner interest in the volunteer program as well as co-ordinate the sizeable volunteer base of tertiary students from Curtin University - inclusive of both the school of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.
During the fourth and final year of his Physiotherapy degree, Matthew’s knowledge and interest in paediatric therapy further developed through paediatric caseloads during five-week placements at Perth Children’s Hospital and Karratha Health Campus.
Matthew highly values the importance of research and its translation into clinical practice. Since the completion of his Honours project on the Kindy Moves program through Healthy Strides, he is looking at future ambitions of completing a PhD in paediatric therapy to continue to develop his paediatric knowledge and skills.
Matthew was employed over the final two years of his studies, as a Therapy Assistant with Healthy Strides, furthering his experience in the area of paediatric Physiotherapy.
In December 2020, Matthew graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science - Physiotherapy, First Class Honours.
In-depth and ongoing literature reviews have highlighted to Matthew the role and importance of intensive task-specific therapies in achieving family-directed goals for children with neurological conditions and injuries. To that end, the Healthy Strides Foundation was proud to offer Matthew a place in the team as a Physiotherapist as part of our new graduate program starting in January 2021.