Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 11.09.2023

Melanie Macoun ( Crews )

Class of 1993
OCCUPATION Health Coach and Physiotherapist
Lives Canberra, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 7-10
  • Bachelor Degree, University of Queensland, Physiotherapy, 1994-1997
  • Masters, La Trobe University, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, 2008-2009
  • Certificate, Well College Global, Nutrition, Health and Wellness Coaching and Women's Health and Wellness Coaching, 2022-Present
Work history
  • Health Coach, Two Wise Owls Health Coaching, 2023-Present
  • Physiotherapist
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What does life look for you now?

I have just started my own business as a Nutrition, Health and Wellness Coach, having worked as a physiotherapist for 25 years. Physio has been a profession that continued to inspire and reward; however, I was drawn into coaching because it offers a more holistic approach, as well as having a stronger emphasis on empowering the client to take control of their own health. I travelled the world a lot when I was younger, and now I have a family of my own with two delightful sons to keep me busy.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

Professionally, I'm passionate about the neuroscience of pain, and anything I can learn about how the brain works. In life I am passionate about living well - being healthy and having fun: the balance of things is important to me.

When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?

When I was very young, I wanted to be an astronaut!

What is your favourite Radford moment?

I have very fond memories of grade 9 camp. The physical and mental challenges inspired me towards a life of outdoor adventures, and showed me strengths that I never knew I had.

Do you have a particular role model or inspirational figure from Radford or now?

My two best friends in life were friends that I made from Radford. I really don't know where I would be without them.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

I knew I wanted to help people and I had a strong interest in health. Physiotherapy was a natural choice, and a decision that I have always been grateful for.

Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

I can't say that I live my life by plans, but I suppose I thought I'd go back to study my Masters after about 10 years, which I did. I thought I'd do something like Health Coaching in my semi-retirement, but I have made that move early as it is something that I feel strongly called to do now.

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

Don't sweat the small stuff. Youth is a gift. Older age is an even greater gift.

What advice do you have for current students?

Who you are is far more important than what you do. Just be a good person.

Where are you now?