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Brad hopes his latest career twist will benefit Indigenous communities

Published:04 June 2019

CQUniversity Master of Clinical Chiropractic student Brad Morgan.

The potential to close the gap in Indigenous health has been a prime motivator as Brad Morgan nears his fourth major career phase.

The former diesel mechanic, police officer and automotive TAFE lecturer has taken time away from the workforce as he strives to become a chiropractor who can one day play a role in Indigenous health services.

It's been a pivotal change for the father of five young children as his wife has become the key wage earner, while he juggles the roles of student and caregiver.

Now in his final year of CQUniversity's Master of Clinical Chiropractic program, based at Mackay, Bradley has welcomed a $5000 Australian Rotary Indigenous Health Scholarship to support his path to employment next year.

As an Indigenous Australian, he has also received two annual study grants through the Australian Chiropractic Association.

Brad's interest in the human body and health was sparked in 2002 when he completed a personal training course.

"Since then I had the goal of working in the health field, but I needed to wait for the right time to be able to study," Brad says.

"I felt that, within the allied health field, chiropractic had the strongest foundation and greatest scope to help people; and as a chiropractor I feel there is a good opportunity to work with other health professionals and serve the community."

One of Brad’s passions is the health of his community and spreading the message of health and chiropractic.

In his police officer and TAFE lecturer roles, Brad was heavily involved in the Aboriginal communities of the Kimberly region where he lived at the time.

Through these roles, he began working closely with Aboriginal people and disengaged youth, seeing the large gap in Aboriginal health and the effect this has on communities. Brad believes grass-roots education and early interventions are an important key to
alleviating these issues.

“I look around and I see so many people that could benefit from basic exercise, basic training, basic movement, and health information, but I’m also aware that most people don’t understand what’s available to them.”

Witnessing first-hand the disparity in Aboriginal health, Brad also hopes to bring chiropractic to these communities to care for people, through mobile clinics and outreach programs.

He has also recognised that his own struggles and hardships have been shaping the practitioner he will soon become.

“Another positive consequence of this life change is having the kids see what my wife and I are doing and the dedication that is involved to succeed in a venture like this,"  Brad says.

"Ultimately, we are role models for them and having them see what’s involved with this big commitment is valuable learning for
them too.

"Even though the payoff of becoming a chiropractor is great, the bigger payoff for me is my personal growth and having my kids experience this process.”

Acknowledging the severe under-representation of Indigenous allied health professionals within the field, one of Brad’s goals after finishing his course is to go out into schools in rural and Indigenous communities to encourage more people by sharing his
own story, demonstrating that being an allied health professional can be a future for them.

“I want to head out to schools and try and spread the word at a grassroots level and let people know that joining the allied health profession is attainable and is achievable. It’s not a walk in the park and it is definitely not easy, but it is possible.”