Top graduate helping seniors maintain independence
University of Queensland exercise physiology graduate Renee
Weller may have just started her career, but she's already making
big changes to the life of her elderly clients.
Ms Weller developed and delivered an exercise physiology-led
group exercise class to help senior citizens improve their
strength, mobility, fitness and balance.
"At Healthy Connections Exercise Clinic in Brisbane, we work a
lot with senior citizens and as a result I am extremely passionate
about helping my clients maintain their level of independence," she
"Through specific exercises, I aim to improve their function
which will assist with tasks at home and allow them to continue
activities they enjoy."
Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) has recognised Ms
Weller's early career contributions to exercise physiology, naming
her the national Accredited Exercise Physiology Graduate of the
"I feel very thankful and honoured to be given such a respected
award," Ms Weller said.
The award recognises young exercise physiology graduates for
their work in and commitment to improving health through the
delivery of exceptional or innovative exercise physiology programs
"I really enjoy working with people to help improve their health
and lifestyle and the variety of work that is involved in that," Ms
"Within my job, no two individuals are the same. My exercise
prescription is constantly challenged as I am always meeting new
individuals with different circumstances and goals for their
Ms Weller graduated from UQ with first-class honours, completing
major university practicum placement at Healthy Connections
Exercise Clinic where she was then offered a permanent role.
She will be presented the award in April at the ESSA Conference
The Healthy Connections Exercise Clinic in Brisbane has a strong
partnership with the UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition
Sciences, and 10 of their 12 accredited exercise physiologists are
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