Kahlia Perry studied Exercise Science - and since she graduated she’s hit the ground running in her career.

Kahlia studied the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Exercise Science and  Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Professional Honours) and now works as an exercise physiologist.

“My job involves prescribing exercise as a form of treatment. The exercise can be given to a broad range of people, from those who have had a workplace injury, to those loving with a chronic condition."

“Growing up I always had an interest in the human body and how it moves, and how we can help people when they have injuries or problems with their health” she said.

I always knew I wanted to work with people and help them in some form, so it led to me finding something that fitted all of that, and for me that was exercise physiology.

Kahlia, who is keen on basketball and touch football, has had a few injuries herself over the years, and it was her visits to the physio that sparked her interest in studying Exercise Science.

“I think that is where my passion stems from. I had a real interest in being able to understand and treat an injury.”

Kahlia said she really enjoyed her time at University.

“In our Exercise Science cohort, there were about 18 of us, so we got to know each other well and became quite close. It was a really supportive group,” she said.

The content throughout the course was good and covered a broad range of areas. We always had a good mix of theory and practical components.

Kahlia now works at two businesses, Access Injury Management (AIM), a private clinic, and the University’s exercise clinic, which means her work has a lot of variety.

“At AIM I assess people and prescribe one-on-one programs, and stay with a client for the length of program. It’s quite rewarding when you see people recover and their quality of life improve."

“At the Uni it’s predominantly a chronic health-based clinic, providing a lot of group based exercise classes, so it’s nice to have that variety.”

Kahlia is looking forward to helping more people embrace exercise into the future for both treatment and prevention.

The research around the benefits of exercise is just growing and growing, which is great to see. Hopefully this encourages more people to adopt an exercise regime into their lives day to day.

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