Change brings re­wards

NURSE RE­TRAINS AS A MASSEUSE

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

A FRE­MAN­TLE res­i­dent’s de­ci­sion to change ca­reers has seen her win the Chal­lenger In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s vo­ca­tional stu­dent of the year award.

Mar­garet Gib­son (54), a reg­is­tered nurse and mid­wife, de­cided to fur­ther ex­plore an in­ter­est in pain man­age­ment by study­ing a di­ploma in re­me­dial mas­sage last year.

Ms Gib­son said mas­sage could have a key role in health pro­mo­tion.

“Body aware­ness, self-man­age­ment and pre­ven­ta­tive health can re­duce de­mand on the health­care sys­tem and help clients with their gen­eral well­be­ing at the same time,” she said.

“Chal­lenger’s mas­sage course has en­abled me to con­tinue and ex­pand on my cho­sen ca­reer in health, which would not oth­er­wise have been pos­si­ble.

“I now also have the po­ten­tial to start my own busi­ness, giv­ing me in­de­pen­dence and con­fi­dence.”

Ms Gib­son was one of five ma­jor award win­ners on the night.

A de­ci­sion to change ca­reers has paid off for for­mer nurse Mar­garet Gib­son.

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