Exercise Physiologist at PDH & Active Health Portland

Amy Goetz - Exercise Physiologist
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Amy Goetz is well aware of the benefits of physical exercise, not only now but for the future.

The new exercise physiologist with Portland District Health and Active Health Portland is helping to share that philosophy with local people.

Originally from the Mornington Peninsula, Ms Goetz did her Bachelor in Exercise Science and Human Movement at Victoria University and her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University.

I've always been interested in sport and physical activity, she said. I enjoyed it at high school and thought I'd try it as a career.

She's glad she made the choice and her work in Portland is offering plenty of variety and challenge.

For my first appointment after uni there's a lot of variety, she said.

Ms Goetz is working with the health promotion team, conducting private consultations and working with PDH's rehabilitation groups, including orthopaedics for people recovering from hip and knee replacements and ambulatory rehab.

Most of the private consultations are through chronic disease management plans with GPs for people with conditions such as heart conditions, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and respiratory diseases.

We help people by showing how they can use exercise as a way of improving their health,she said.

Ms Goetz plays netball and hockey and recently started playing touch football since moving to Portland.

She says sport is enjoyable but there the health benefits from keeping physically active that should not be overlooked.

You may not realise the benefits at the present time but I learnt through my study how exercise is very beneficial for future health and wellbeing.

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