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Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Meet the instructor: Greg Cope

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Greg Cope is a passionate and valued member of the natural health community, having dedicated over 12 years to the VET and Higher Education (HE) sectors. Currently the National Educational Pathways Manager at Endeavour College, he’s also a member of the Chinese Medicine Reference Group for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, it’s safe to say he practices what he preaches.

An educator, mentor, author, practitioner, committee member, and beyond, Greg took some time out of his busy day to answer some questions for us…

Tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been with Endeavour?

I studied with Endeavour in the 90s before I moved into clinical practice. I then returned 14 years ago as a teacher, and since then have worked across a number of departments in both the VET and HE sectors, including roles as the national manager for the homeopathy, Chinese medicine, complementary medicine, vocational education and pathways departments.

What made you decide to pursue a career in natural health?

Natural health caught my interest after seeing a documentary about the use of acupuncture as an alternative for anaesthetic in surgeries – this was relevant to my grandmother at the time who needed surgery but was subject to some risks associated with general anaesthetics. My piqued interest led me to attend an open day at Endeavour, after which I discovered how much I loved the philosophy and practice of natural medicine.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

Getting to share my love of natural medicine with students and seeing them bring positive outcomes into the lives of the patients is always the most exciting thing for me. In my current role, I work with students at the start of their course and then again as they’re approaching graduation – I love seeing how they’ve grown into capable practitioners ready to step out into the world and make a difference in people's lives.

What’s one piece of wisdom that you apply to your career?

While you’re a student, take the opportunity to work in as many situations with as many different kinds of people as possible. Then use those learnings to work out what your ideal practice or working environment will be when you’re ready to graduate. Working in natural medicine is incredibly flexible in terms of balancing clinical practice and your personal life – so be intentional in deciding how you’d like to live your life and then create your business or role in a way that caters to your ideal outcome.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I’m particularly interested in wild canids and their role in ecology, an interest which formed as a child when I met a dingo in K’gari. I’ve had amazing opportunities to travel and see different types of dingoes, wolves, coyotes, and foxes both in the wild and in sanctuary organisations. A highlight for me was visiting a dingo sanctuary interstate, and the moment they opened the main enclosure gate and 18 dingoes came running over to meet and lick my nose was probably the most excited (and slightly scared) expression my face has ever made.

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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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