10 questions in 60 seconds, with healthAbility’s Tim Lathlean.

1. What’s your day-to-day role at healthAbility?

I work as a grade 2, accredited exercise physiologist (AEP). In this role I coordinate and run a number of exercise groups with clients ranging from higher needs (recent hospital rehabilitation program) to those in the community setting (such as our Strong People Stay Young and gym transition programs).

2. What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing the improvements in health and wellness in our clients. It is great to see clients with limited function, become more motivated, improve in strength and fitness as progress through our programs to self-paced exercise.

3. And the most challenging?

The most challenging part of the role is when clients are not achieving their goals, or where there has been a health event. It is here where AEP expertise in motivational interviewing and precise exercise recommendations can really help.

4. What would you be doing if you hadn’t followed this career path?

Masters in physiotherapy (2nd Masters) and working in community health/private practice in South Australia.

5. What three traits define you?

Tenacious, organised, supportive

6. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Training and life goals – it would be like steering without a rudder.

7. Where is your favorite place to be?

Trekking through the mountains (e.g. NZ South Island)

8. What is your favorite thing to do?

Brunch on a Saturday morning, and of course, exercise and hobbies (surfing, trekking etc)

9. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

Florence, Tuscany (been there twice and would go back instantly). The history, heritage, beauty and wine.

10. What is the best book you have ever read?

Too many to list. Recently, Dave Alred’s “The Pressure Principle” – really liked the references to Jonny Wilkinson’s kicking and fighter pilots.