Nearida Siv

Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy (ACT)

"It was great to see that a simple exercise program taught to the residents of the aged care facility, or massaging the hard working teachers of the Palm Island schools, had made a small impact on the morale of the island."

As a graduate of James Cook University in Townsville, and having made a number of acquaintances with members of the Palm Island community, I was keenly aware of the challenges facing the Palm Island residents.

It is truly inspiring to have witnessed the dedication and commitment of some of the members of the Palm Island community.  Hearing that some of the workers on the island had not had a holiday in two years demonstrates their devotion to their community despite the challenges that face them. This inspiration has facilitated my drive to continue to teach and empower others to learn, grow and aspire to a future of equality and good health.

With challenges so great and multifaceted in nature, it was great to see that a simple exercise program taught to the residents of the aged care facility, or massaging the hard working teachers of the Palm Island schools, had made a small impact on the morale of the island.

I was also touched whilst returning home; I was stopped at the airport by one of the social workers (and her kids) who had remembered me whilst assessing the cause of her back pain. Her family simply wished us a safe journey home and begged us to visit again soon. Just knowing that we had made a small impact like this one makes the difference, in my eyes.