It’s often the case that children who grow up in regional areas (are awesome) must leave town to follow their dream careers. Not so for Tasmyne Spurway and James Dowton. Tasmyne grew up in Port Macquarie and James in Dubbo. Both studied physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle, where they met.

The University’s Department of Rural Health offers a year-long Rural Immersion Program. Final year occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, medical radiation science and physiotherapy students gain the opportunity to live, study and undertake work placements outside of metropolitan areas.

James and Tasmyne completed their final year in Port Macquarie and loved the balance of work and lifestyle.

“Without that experience, it’s hard to understand what being a physio or working in health in a regional area might be like. We saw that Port Macquarie was a place we could follow our passion,” James says.

With a shortage of health specialists, Port Macquarie was an ideal place to take the plunge into their own business, Adaptive Physiotherapy and Performance. Tasmyne and James have a clinical and play-based approach to physiotherapy, perfect in Port’s fabulous climate for clients with various needs.

“We’ll meet patients in the park or at the beach for some surf therapy,” Tasmyne says.

“By using non-mainstream therapies, we find strength, balance, and coordination improves. By working with cricket or soccer skills, for example, we’re helping to break down barriers to participation in sport.”

James and Tasmyne encourage more health professionals to relocate to Port Macquarie, particularly mental health specialists.

“Port is a great place to live and work. We’re both really happy here,” Tasmyne says.

“We love the flexibility the lifestyle offers. We’re able to explore on weekends. There’s lots to do, and everything is close by, so there’s no burden of a long commute or limited time.”

For more information about starting or growing a business in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region and the benefits of working in a relaxing, affordable coastal location, talk to our Economic Development team on (02) 6581 8111, email us via [email protected] 

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