Luke Garvan

Luke Garvan

Physiotherapist, Physio Rehab Group
Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)

He’s always dreamt of becoming a physiotherapist, says Luke Garvan who completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) at AUT.

“I chose the physiotherapy degree as this had been an ambition of mine since I was a little boy, and my father suggested physiotherapy as a career path I may be interested in. When I was in primary and secondary school, I also played and followed many sports. This further encouraged me in wanting to become a physiotherapist.

“After graduating from AUT in 2017, I now work for Physio Rehab Group. There’s plenty of variety, and I’m working with people of all ages and conditions. For example, I work with local sporting team Sacred Heart Football, but also spend half a day each week in a retirement village. I’ve also had the opportunity to travel the Pacific with Cook Islands Football, and have already been to Vanuatu and Tonga.”

Relevant and career-ready
He feels grateful to have the opportunity to follow his chosen career path.

“I enjoyed the Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) for its hands-on approach. As part of the programme, we had plenty of placement opportunities where we could apply what we learned in class in real-life settings.”

He would highly recommend AUT’s physiotherapy degree to others, says Luke who went to school in Warragul, Victoria but whose family is originally from New Zealand.

“The lecturers are great, and have a friendly and approachable manner. I’ve also made many new friends and thoroughly enjoyed my time at AUT. I would definitely recommend the physiotherapy degree to others.”

A supportive environment
He appreciated the support available to students at AUT, Luke says.

“In my third year, I needed some surgery just before the exam period, and I was worried that I would fall behind with my studies and not be able to sit the exam because of it. I also feared that I would have to sit out a year and all my friends would be a year ahead.

“I’m grateful to my programme leader for helping me find a solution and making the process easier at a time when I was unwell and stressing.”