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Physiotherapist kicks off his career in Moonta

Why move to country South Australia?

New graduate physiotherapist Tyler Kelly was so excited to join the Moonta community, he joined the local footy team within weeks of landing in town.

“I grew up in Adelaide my whole life and I’d known for a while I wanted to move to the country,” says Tyler. “I’d come to Moonta on holidays and I really fell in love with vibe of the town. I’m pretty into fishing, so that made Moonta a great choice as well.”

Working as a physio with a clinical pilates focus in both Moonta and Ardrossan, Tyler sees a clear connection between his profession and the local community.

“A lot of the overuse injuries from farming and fishing activities can be really helped with a tailored physio program. Especially with busy times around harvest, people tend to neglect their bodies a little bit, so I’m really keen to get into it.”

How did the Rural Relocation Grant assist in Tyler's decision to move?

RDWA’s Rural Relocation Grant provides financial support to assist primary health care professionals with the costs of moving to SA’s country communities.

Tyler received $5,000 through the Rural Relocation Grant to kick start his health career in rural South Australia. The grant supported the cost of moving from Adelaide to Moonta, buying essential items like furniture and white goods and a rental subsidy.

“The RDWA grant contributed to the decision to move. I always knew I was keen but after being a student I didn’t have a huge savings behind me. The grant takes the stress out of that whole process.” said Tyler.

“It’s pretty daunting starting a career but to have one part of that, the finances, taken care of through the RDWA, makes the whole start a little less nerve racking.”

“RDWA’s ongoing support for professional development is a massive box tick as well, so when the opportunity came up for a job here in Moonta I jumped at the chance.”

Learn more about the Rural Relocation Support Packages here.

Learn more about the support for ongoing professional development here.