Sam & Edouard share their favourite parts about working for BrainPark
“Firstly, my favourite part about working for BrainPark is watching the impact our programs have on our participants. It’s a constant reinforcement of the power exercise can have on the lives of people wanting to improve their mental wellness or manage their substance use.
Secondly, I have always had a long-term fascination with the interacting Mind-Body benefits of exercise. I could see this interaction at play when I worked in private practice for many years, so to work at an organisation that specifically studies that interaction in exceptional detail – is amazing for me. And finally, working alongside such a high-performing multi-disciplinary team has had profound positive impact on my knowledge and skills – my colleagues make me a better AEP”.
“The first thing that comes to my mind, when thinking about working at BrainPark is ‘inspirational’. Environmentally, I’m immersed in a state of the art and beautifully designed workspace and socially I’m surrounded with extremely committed and hardworking ‘Brainiacs’ who are not only among the best in the world at what they do, they share a passion when it comes to exercise and lifestyle factors that impact brain health and mental wellness.
Exercise Physiologists working alongside neuropsychologists and brain scientists is not a common occurrence. Although the behaviour change elements AEPs practice on a daily basis is in many instances underpinned by the work of Neuropsychologists, every day is an incredible learning experience and allows me to further master my craft and put my experience and skill set into meaningful practice that will lead to long term and large-scale change”.
Their colleagues also shared their thoughts on the benefits of AEPs within BrainPark
Director & Clinical Neuropsychologist:
“I dreamt of using physical exercise/health as a basis for mental health. Physical exercise is engaging, interactive, empowering, and good for mind and body. Thanks to BrainPark and our amazing AEPs who embody these principles – we are now doing it! Our AEPs are highly skilled at delivering safe and effective exercise programs that are scientifically rigorous and grounded in good theory. Thanks to our AEPs we know we are delivering highly effective interventions to the community, helping to improve self-care and general well-being. We know we are doing a good because our participants consistently turn up for their exercise sessions, almost all of them complete the entire 2-3 month intensive activities – they just keep coming back for more!”
Research Fellow & Psychologist:
“Having AEPs at BrainPark allows us to prescribe and deliver exercise interventions with greater precision and safety than would otherwise be possible. Their expertise in exercise prescription has been integral in developing and implementing interventions that target specific areas of brain, cognitive and mental health. Their experience in health behaviour change has also been invaluable and significantly contributes to the high levels of engagement we see in our exercise interventions at BrainPark”.
“Our AEPs at BrainPark have allowed us to deliver highly engaging and personally tailored exercise interventions. They've brought with them a wealth of knowledge around behaviour change which has led to not only high levels of engagement within our interventions but also sustained changes after interventions. It has been invaluable for us to have them as part of our multidisciplinary team”
To find out more about BrainPark, visit their website
. BrainPark is a joint initiative between the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health and Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI), made possible by the philanthropic support of the David Winston Turner Endowment Fund and the Wilson Foundation.
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