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A single naturopathic appointment that inspired a career shift

Written by Endeavour College of Natural Health | Monday, 13 March 2023

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Allanah Robinson-Cook was studying for two Western medicine degrees when a single naturopathic appointment sent her down a different career path.

“I grew up in Perth in a family who prioritised work over health,” Allanah said. “I was a hyperactive child and as an adult, I have been diagnosed with ADHD. As a teenager, I started tuning into how my brain functioned differently when I changed my diet and made more nutritious dietary choices.”

After school, Allanah studied Sports Science. During uni, she also spent six months in the United States and worked as a lifeguard at summer camps for disadvantaged children. During this time, Allanah managed two emergency incidents, sparking her interest in paramedicine.

“Back home, I started studying paramedicine. It was an amazing degree, but my gut health issues came to the fore.” Allanah decided to see a naturopath.

“That one naturopathic appointment changed my life. I felt so heard and understood. She connected many elements of my health. So, I paused my paramedicine studies and enrolled at Endeavour.”

“In paramedic prac, we would pass patients onto the hospital team, but never heard what happened. It was intense seeing the families’ reactions and not knowing how their loved ones did. I saw naturopathy as the opposite – integral to a person’s ongoing health and wellbeing.”

Allanah was studying two degrees full-time – Naturopathy and Sports Science – and working two jobs. “It was busy, but for my whole life, my family has normalised busyness. I was also a competitive ballroom dancer, so I was also dancing for many hours a week!”

“I found the content at Endeavour easy to learn, and I loved being on campus,” Allanah said. “I built relationships with many lecturers and made lifelong connections. I am so grateful to the lecturers, particularly one who helped me build my confidence after a difficult experience working in a clinic outside of Endeavour. The lecturers can see when you’re overwhelmed and help you through it. By the fourth year, you’re well-prepared and ready to practice.”

Allanah has finished sports science and naturopathy and is ready to do her own thing. She has moved from Perth to Margaret River, where her partner is from, and set up her naturopathy business, ARC Wellness.

“I didn’t want to lose any momentum, and the opportunity to share a space came from another Endeavour graduate,” she explained. “I’m also working online for Mecca and as a Pilates and barre instructor. So, there is no financial stress to build my naturopathy business quickly.

“Down the track, I may integrate my sports science and naturopathy knowledge,” Allanah said. “But, as a recent graduate, I want to see different clients and get a feel for different cases. I know as a naturopath, no matter how experienced you are, you’re always learning.”

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Endeavour College of Natural Health

Endeavour College of Natural Health is Australia's largest Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses.

The College is known as the centre of excellence for natural medicine and is respected for its internationally recognised academic teams and high calibre graduates. Endeavour offers higher education Diplomas in Health Science and Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture Therapies and Chinese Medicine.

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