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Meet your mentors

Our team are experts in their field. They’re all practicing clinicians who recognise the importance of growing an allied health workforce, and will do what it takes to ensure new graduates have a positive introduction into healthcare.


Alli Sykes 
Discipline Lead, Occupational Therapy 

I support our Western NSW OT team – an amazing group of clinicians who pride themselves on delivering a high-quality service to participants and clients.

I’m always excited to go to work because I have the ability to make such a difference to people’s lives. Everyone has the right to high-quality and evidence-based therapy services, and I love that I can support new graduates to provide these same services.

"Marathon Health gives clinicians the support to do things that interest them."

Our graduate program provides a space where new grads can learn from a whole range of people across different disciplines. The level of support you receive is very individualised, so we meet your needs. I do weekly team meetings, a lot of shadowing and assisting with more complex clients, and I also go on outreach trips with the new grads to provide on-the-job mentoring.

I love when you can see a clinician developing so quickly, it’s special to be able to support them to grow their skills quickly in really complex areas.


Amanda Cook 
Discipline Lead, Social Work, Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner and Occupational Therapist

I work across two different areas so my team consists of social workers, occupational therapists and speech pathologists. Working rurally, I love the diversity of the clients that I see – every day is different.

It can be challenging when you first start working as a new grad, that’s why our graduate program is important. We try to alleviate the stress new grads face by creating a program where each week they can get together, talk about different topics or clinical cases and are supported by quality clinical supervision.

"There are so many people in need in country areas – you can make a real difference."

The important thing for new grads is that they get the support they need – there is structured clinical supervision, but they also know they can talk to us as needs arise, whatever mode that suits their communication style. We also go out with new grad therapists to provide hands on support, so that they are getting practical assistance out in the community. Our priority is for new grads to feel supported to grow their skills with us and stay in our community!


Kylie Irvin
Discipline Lead, Speech Pathology

There are eight speech pathologists and one allied health professional in my team – all vary in levels of clinical experience from new grads to more senior staff. We provide services to clients right across our footprint, from Dubbo to Lightning Ridge and Bourke. Everyone is so supportive and open to working together because we all have the same passion for helping people achieve positive health outcomes. 

"We have a shared set of values, and everyone is really awesome. There are lots of clever, dedicated and passionate people."

Our graduate program provides so many opportunities for professional development, particularly as you have access to a PD allowance. Through the program, we cover a different clinical topic each week – building a team knowledge base and developing new skills.

There’s also the opportunity to explore areas that interest you, for instance we’re currently running the PEERS program – a social skills program for teenagers. It’s a really exciting program where you have the opportunity to work with teens on the spectrum and help them build friendships. It’s rewarding work.


Lara Trevethan
Team Lead, Allied Health

My team are fantastic – they’re energetic, empathetic and excellent clinicians. We provide innovative and client-centred services to people living in regional areas. Equity in access to services is so important – regional participants have the same right to access quality and timely services like their metro counterparts. Because there are few services in these areas, it makes our case load varied and means there is always something interesting to do. 

"Marathon Health has, hands down, one of the best workplace cultures I’ve ever been in."

As a graduate clinician with us, you receive not only clinical support but the professional support needed to grow as a rounded allied health clinician. You’ll have access to multiple support options in the first six to 12 months of your employment, while working in a fun workplace.


Melanie Bathgate
Team Lead, Allied Health

I have been an occupational therapist for 20 years, so my team lead role has given me an opportunity to use my experience to help the team. My team is quite geographically scattered, but we are very innovative about how we support each other which means embracing technology!

"We’re committed to ensuring grads are supported and happy!"

Our graduate program provides a positive entry point to regional health services and shows the benefits of working in country healthcare. The support is really flexible and varies depending on what people need or want to learn about. We offer professional development opportunities and endless clinical support – I work with some really amazing and dedicated therapists doing incredible things with clients.


Nicole Rajnsz
Speech Pathologist and Behaviour Support Practitioner

Working in regional health, you’re faced with reduced service availability yet high demand – so you have the opportunity to adapt and change to meet client needs. I work with supportive, collaborative, highly skilled and intelligent staff so there is a lot of support.

You also have so many opportunities to explore things that interest you. For example, the organisation has funded a program I’m developing which is a social skills campaign for adolescents and adults. The program uses Dungeons and Dragons to support participants to build connections, explore, solve puzzles and role play situations in a safe environment.

"It’s a really infectious workplace, everyone is so passionate."

In my role, I provide support to final year speech pathology students which I find so enjoyable! We discuss clients, provide research opportunities, and offer open and clear feedback to help students and grads be the best clinicians they can be. When you’re fresh out of uni, it’s important to know we don’t expect the world of you – it’s ok to make mistakes, and to learn and grow!


Find out more

We have career pathways for occupational therapists, speech pathologists, positive behaviour support, dietitians, diabetes educators, social workers and provisional psychologists.

If you’d like to know more about our student placement or graduate employment opportunities, register your interest today.


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