Monday, 15 August 2022
From an early age, Tanya Morris knew that natural health was her calling. It was only when she began working in the student clinics at Endeavour College that she realised she also enjoyed teaching and the world of academia.
Fast forward 16 years and Tanya is now working as a Digital Learning Designer combining her passion for naturopathy and teaching in a meaningful way. We chat to Tanya to find out about how she got to where she is today and what she loves most about her career.
Tell us a little bit about your background before joining Endeavour.
I went from high school to studying naturopathy. Upon graduating I went into a multi-modality clinic (part-time) and temp reception roles (to supplement income as I set up my clinic). A year after graduating I was invited back as a clinic tutor to assist in teaching in the College clinics. From there I went into teaching. I took some time out to live in Norway and England and worked as a naturopath in companies like natural skincare and health food shops. Coming back to Australia I realised I thoroughly enjoyed teaching and dedicated more of my time to the path of academia.
What made you decide to pursue a career in natural health?
I was trying to get out of a maths class, along with three fellow classmates. One of them put their hand up complaining of a (fake) headache. Instead of being told to go to the (air-conditioned!) sick bay, a teacher aide suggested rubbing pressure points on her temples. This was the first time I had heard anyone say anything other than taking Panadol and rest. A light switched on. I went to the only ‘alternate’ book shop in town and devoured books on every random topic I could find. I took massage lessons, I did work experience in various natural health clinics. I had to explain to the guidance officer what natural medicine was and what post-secondary study options there was!
What do you do at Endeavour?
After 16 years of teaching in and managing the Brisbane naturopathy department I moved into the Digital team as a Digital Learning Designer.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?
I get to apply my teaching and learning experience in a completely new environment. I get to be creative and academic at the same time and I get to be at the cutting edge of education.
What motivates you?
I am answering my question of “how do you put subjects within health professional degrees into an online environment in a way that maintains the integrity of the profession?” It is very exciting!
Is there a piece of advice you can share with people interested in pursuing a career in natural health?
Put in the time to explore all options. Put your hand up to do work experience – answer phones, sort mail, clean and tidy up, pour the herbal mixes for them… anything to get a hands-on experience of what your day might entail. Listen to the things that really excite you and find out which qualification will continue to ignite that for you.
What’s one piece of wisdom that you apply to your career?
The pursuit of wellness is an antidote to our times. When it seems the whole world is out of balance, finding that within yourself allows you to be of service in a meaningful way.
Which short courses would you recommend to people pursuing a career in Naturopathy?
Naturopathy – natural health short course. It gives you a clear overview of the modalities used and a taster of other similar qualifications to help you decide what is right for you.
Can you share a career highlight?
I enjoy the process of discovering myself… all the nuances that are me and how I can use those to best help others. Naturopathy and education have allowed me to live a life where I can question, uncover and understand myself and those around me which I feel makes me a more compassionate and helpful human!
What’s the most memorable experience or moment you’ve had at Endeavour?
There are a thousand tiny moments, particularly in the classroom, where myself or a student gets a concept in a really thorough way. The penny drops and my or their lives are forever changed.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I create and teach courses on self-development, I spend time with my family going on adventures, I spend time on family farms – learning about organic agriculture and zero waste living, I spend time with dear friends who make me laugh.
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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 Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture Therapies and Chinese Medicine, Undergraduate Certificates, a Diploma of Health Science and massage courses.
"I have just started a short online course over the weekend and I am really enjoying it. I am considering going back to more formal studies, but it has been many, many years since I have studied and wasn't sure how I would go and how I would function with online work and material. The online short courses are brilliant and I am really enjoying the course content!"
- Janine Hollands
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