Beyond the Badge – Practitioner Profile: Nicole Hirshowitz

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Take us down the path that led you to become an EP?

I have always loved working with other people. To be honest my journey to become an exercise physiologist was a bit of a process! I always wanted to work within a medical environment (initially thinking of doing Medicine) and I always enjoyed providing education to those around me, so I  thought about becoming a teacher. Until one day my Google Ads promoted me with an advert from Deakin University showing all the wonders of what an Exercise Physiologist can do. From that moment on, I knew EP was something I wanted to do. Combining all of my passions of working with people, educating as well as learning about the body!

What’s the best thing about working in Exercise Oncology?

I have always believed in the saying ‘Exercise is the best form of medicine’ and if exercise was to be a pill it would be the most prescribed pill worldwide. I believe this to be very true in regards to oncology and feel anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis will benefit from exercise.
For me, helping individuals to utilise exercise in the pre-treatment phase, treatment and post treatment phase is extremely rewarding. Exercise can be a wonderful tool for assisting with mental and physical health and I truly value providing exercise support.

What’s your own exercise routine look like?

I have always loved playing team sports! I have played everything from tennis, netball, touch rugby to soccer. I currently play social futsal (indoor soccer) every week, attend Reformer pilates classes and enjoy some strength training at my local gym.

What motivates you and challenges you to be active?

I really enjoy being around others when exercising, hence why I’ve played so many team sports in the past. I find it extremely motivating being around others when exercising. I’m probably also secretly competitive, so being around others really helps to challenge and push me. I’m also motivated to get up and get moving because I always feel so good both mentally and physically after!

How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

Being from Perth, I’ve always loved being outdoors when the sun is shining (that’s not always easy with Melbourne weather!). I enjoy going to the beach and spending some quality time with my family and friends.

How is 2022 shaping up for you?

2022 has been wonderful so far! With change there can sometimes be challenges, but also a lot of growth and development! So far, I feel all my changes this year have been incredibly positive! I’m looking forward to a big year ahead. I was also fortunate to be able to finally go see my family in Perth a few weeks ago, which I am incredibly grateful for.