10 episodes

Ever wondered how it feels to live with a spinal cord injury? Or what it’s like to use a wheelchair every day? Curious about how a brain injury can affect someone’s day-to-day life?

We feel so privileged to be given the chance to discuss life and disability with these incredible people. Get ready for a stream of honest and eye-opening conversations – with a lot of laughs along the way!

P.S. This podcast contains a number of shameless plugs for exercise physiology, the most fantastic industry in the world. And no, of course we’re not biased…

UNAWARE with Be Physiology Be Physiology

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Ever wondered how it feels to live with a spinal cord injury? Or what it’s like to use a wheelchair every day? Curious about how a brain injury can affect someone’s day-to-day life?

We feel so privileged to be given the chance to discuss life and disability with these incredible people. Get ready for a stream of honest and eye-opening conversations – with a lot of laughs along the way!

P.S. This podcast contains a number of shameless plugs for exercise physiology, the most fantastic industry in the world. And no, of course we’re not biased…

    Charles’ Unscheduled Dismount Off A Horse

    Charles’ Unscheduled Dismount Off A Horse

    And we are back with Season 2 of the UNAWARE podcast by Be Physiology! Get ready for a stream of honest and eye-opening conversations – with a lot of laughs along the way! 
    The first cab off the rank is Charles – a deep-thinking individual who offers us a unique perspective on disability. As far as Charles sees it, he is faced with two options every morning.  Option 1: stay in bed. Option 2: give it a go. It’s not an easy decision. In this eye-opening interview, Charles explains how choosing Option 2 has made his life richer and more fulfilling than he ever could have imagined. 
    Once upon a time, he tells us, Charles’ ego was centred around his position as a  company CEO. That’s how he’d introduce himself at parties, anyway. Then, after he experienced an “unscheduled dismount” off a horse while riding with his daughter, his perspective changed. Charles describes how his body incurred a spinal cord injury that would change his way of doing life. Faced with the need to relinquish control,  Charles decided his ego should be more attached to his persona rather than his situation. He tells us how this shift in perspective allows him to discover new opportunities and explore possibilities. Oh, and it also had Charles challenging doctors when they told him he would never ride a bike. Update: he now rides a bike. 
    Our conversation with Charles leads to some valuable nuggets of wisdom and useful life advice. Listen in to hear Charles talk about the power of determination and the disability that hasn’t been near as disabling as he expected.
     
    Be Stories By Be Physiology | Season 2 of UNAWARE
    Tune in to hear our amazing guests talk about their experiences of disability. Ever wondered how it feels to live with a spinal cord injury? Or what it’s like to use a wheelchair every day? Curious about how a brain injury can affect someone’s day-to-day life?
    We discuss all this (and more!) in our second season of the podcast, titled ‘Be Stories’. Gain valuable insights into the world of NDIS support work, and learn what you definitely shouldn’t say to a person living with disabilities! We chat about the perks of living with disabilities (convenient parking is one of many) and discover more about the challenges our guests have faced and overcome.
    We feel so privileged to be given the chance to discuss life and disability with these incredible people. Get ready for a stream of honest and eye-opening conversations – with a lot of laughs along the way! 
    P.S. This podcast contains a number of shameless plugs for exercise physiology, the most fantastic industry in the world. And no, of course, we’re not biased…
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    • 55 min
    Michelle Talk Perks & Pitfalls Of The NDIS

    Michelle Talk Perks & Pitfalls Of The NDIS

    Ever wondered what a Support Coordinator is? What’s their role, and why are they so important?
    In this episode, we sit down with Michelle, an NDIS Support Coordinator, to hear all about the part she plays in disability support. 
    Michelle has always had an affinity for helping people meet their needs. When her son, Tom, was born with multiple disabilities, she realised how overwhelming the  world of disability support can be. Sometimes it’s a complex and time-consuming procedure just to access the NDIS in the first place! After facing several obstacles – including a misdiagnosis which forced them to restart the entire process – Michelle decided to help other people navigate this journey. Michelle explains how a Support Coordinator links people with services and fills gaps in their knowledge of the NDIS.  She is “the other woman” (Michelle said it, not us!) which eases the pressure off families and carers. Listen in to hear the perks and pitfalls of the NDIS and learn how to gain access to the support scheme.
    Find out how Michelle ended up screaming  ‘Aussie, Aussie, Aussie’ in her wedding dress (spoiler: it was that one time Australia won the Bledisloe Cup). We loved hearing Michelle’s stories, and we know that you  will too!
     
    Be Stories By Be Physiology | Season 2 of UNAWARE
    Tune in to hear our amazing guests talk about their experiences of disability. Ever wondered how it feels to live with a spinal cord injury? Or what it’s like to use a wheelchair every day? Curious about how a brain injury can affect someone’s day-to-day life?
    We discuss all this (and more!) in our second season of the podcast, titled ‘Be Stories’. Gain valuable insights into the world of NDIS support work, and learn what you definitely shouldn’t say to a person living with disabilities! We chat about the perks of living with disabilities (convenient parking is one of many) and discover more about the challenges our guests have faced and overcome.
    We feel so privileged to be given the chance to discuss life and disability with these incredible people. Get ready for a stream of honest and eye-opening conversations – with a lot of laughs along the way! 
    P.S. This podcast contains a number of shameless plugs for exercise physiology, the most fantastic industry in the world. And no, of course, we’re not biased…
    Subscribe now
     

    • 49 min
    Straight-shooter Mick On Life With A Spinal Cord Injury

    Straight-shooter Mick On Life With A Spinal Cord Injury

    In this episode, we chat with straight-shooter Mick about life with a spinal cord injury. After suffering an accident at work, Mick was left with multiple injuries, the prospect of 4 months in hospital, and the need to adapt to his new life. In this motivating story,  Mick gives us an insight into the highs and lows of his post-injury journey. He takes us through his personal struggles, then shares some of the best things about living with a disability (hello, premium footy seats!). From learning how to get out of bed, to the perks of jumping queues, we discuss the ins and outs of adapting to life with a physical disability.
     
    Be Stories By Be Physiology | Season 2 of UNAWARE
    Tune in to hear our amazing guests talk about their experiences of disability. Ever wondered how it feels to live with a spinal cord injury? Or what it’s like to use a wheelchair every day? Curious about how a brain injury can affect someone’s day-to-day life?
    We discuss all this (and more!) in our second season of the podcast, titled ‘Be Stories’. Gain valuable insights into the world of NDIS support work, and learn what you definitely shouldn’t say to a person living with disabilities! We chat about the perks of living with disabilities (convenient parking is one of many) and discover more about the challenges our guests have faced and overcome.
    We feel so privileged to be given the chance to discuss life and disability with these incredible people. Get ready for a stream of honest and eye-opening conversations – with a lot of laughs along the way! 
    P.S. This podcast contains a number of shameless plugs for exercise physiology, the most fantastic industry in the world. And no, of course, we’re not biased…
    Subscribe now

    • 51 min
    Emma’s Nasty Fall Off A Balcony

    Emma’s Nasty Fall Off A Balcony

    While at a social event, Emma took a nasty fall off a balcony. She suffered a severe brain injury and completely lost the use of her legs (temporarily, we might add!).
    Emma was in the hospital for months following her back surgery, and she spent the time navigating post-traumatic amnesia and her major back injury. But Emma’s determination meant that, despite such major injuries, she wasn’t going to let these new challenges stop her from moving forward! 
    Emma, we discover, was born adventurous. Growing up in PNG meant she experienced life barefoot, out in nature, and next to a crocodile farm (yes, you read that right). She was still adventurous when she moved to Australia, and nothing changed after her accident!
    If you think someone who uses a wheelchair is limited in their daring pursuits, think again. Horse-riding, scuba diving, quad bikes…the list of  Emma’s active hobbies goes on! Emma talks about how using a wheelchair has affected her social life, shares what it’s like living with constant chronic pain, and evaluates the transition from one exercise physiologist to another. It’s especially tough when the physiologist in question overuses the words ‘um’ and ‘like’. 
    Get ready for a great conversation in today’s episode of Be Stories, where we chat to  Emma and she puts up with our company for a whole hour!
     
    Be Stories By Be Physiology | Season 2 of UNAWARE
    Tune in to hear our amazing guests talk about their experiences of disability. Ever wondered how it feels to live with a spinal cord injury? Or what it’s like to use a wheelchair every day? Curious about how a brain injury can affect someone’s day-to-day life?
    We discuss all this (and more!) in our second season of the podcast, titled ‘Be Stories’. Gain valuable insights into the world of NDIS support work, and learn what you definitely shouldn’t say to a person living with disabilities! We chat about the perks of living with disabilities (convenient parking is one of many) and discover more about the challenges our guests have faced and overcome.
    We feel so privileged to be given the chance to discuss life and disability with these incredible people. Get ready for a stream of honest and eye-opening conversations – with a lot of laughs along the way! 
    P.S. This podcast contains a number of shameless plugs for exercise physiology, the most fantastic industry in the world. And no, of course, we’re not biased…
    Subscribe now
     

    • 47 min
    Katie & Emma On What NOT To Say To Someone With A Disability

    Katie & Emma On What NOT To Say To Someone With A Disability

    It takes a particular sort of person to be a support worker.
    In this episode of Be Stories, we chat with Emma and Katie about their roles as disability support workers.
    Katie and Emma both care for Daelle, a creative 22-year-old woman living with Pachygyria Cerebral Palsy. We find out how Daelle helps to enrich Katie and Emma’s lives, and how exercise physiology has helped Daelle improve her overall health and abilities (a shameless plug for us EPs, we’re not even sorry). 
    We also find out about what it's like in Charters Towers, a small town in rural Queensland where they are both from. The town has ghost tours, a great pub, and a fireman pole in the local bowling alley - what more could you need?
    In this heartwarming conversation, Katie and Emma tell us how growing up around people with disabilities inspired them to become support workers and we get their top tips for future support workers, we learn what NOT to say to someone with a disability, and the best (and worst!) parts of being a support worker – happy listening!
     
    Be Stories By Be Physiology | Season 2 of UNAWARE
    Tune in to hear our amazing guests talk about their experiences of disability. Ever wondered how it feels to live with a spinal cord injury? Or what it’s like to use a wheelchair every day? Curious about how a brain injury can affect someone’s day-to-day life?
    We discuss all this (and more!) in our second season of the podcast, titled ‘Be Stories’. Gain valuable insights into the world of NDIS support work, and learn what you definitely shouldn’t say to a person living with disabilities! We chat about the perks of living with disabilities (convenient parking is one of many) and discover more about the challenges our guests have faced and overcome.
    We feel so privileged to be given the chance to discuss life and disability with these incredible people. Get ready for a stream of honest and eye-opening conversations – with a lot of laughs along the way! 
    P.S. This podcast contains a number of shameless plugs for exercise physiology, the most fantastic industry in the world. And no, of course, we’re not biased…
    Subscribe now

    • 58 min
    How Dave Macgyvered His Way to Accessible Solutions

    How Dave Macgyvered His Way to Accessible Solutions

    Dave was only 4 years old when he was in a major car accident. He suffered a spinal cord injury that meant he would live the rest of his life in a wheelchair.In this enlightening interview, Dave tells us about life before the NDIS, and how he ‘Macgyvered’ his way to accessible solutions (no, before you ask, he did not break out of a locked room with a paperclip).As Dave shares his employment journey, we learn shocking truths about discrimination that persists in society today. We ask him how living with a disability shapes his perspective on life, then we get distracted and start talking about snakes in the roof. And share several other Aussie critter stories.As usual, we’re all up for a laugh here, and Dave reminds us how important humor is when facing life’s challenges. So, plugin and listen up for another great episode of BeStories!
     
    Be Stories By Be Physiology | Season 2 of UNAWARE
    Tune in to hear our amazing guests talk about their experiences of disability. Ever wondered how it feels to live with a spinal cord injury? Or what it’s like to use a wheelchair every day? Curious about how a brain injury can affect someone’s day-to-day life?
    We discuss all this (and more!) in our second season of the podcast, titled ‘Be Stories’. Gain valuable insights into the world of NDIS support work, and learn what you definitely shouldn’t say to a person living with disabilities! We chat about the perks of living with disabilities (convenient parking is one of many) and discover more about the challenges our guests have faced and overcome.
    We feel so privileged to be given the chance to discuss life and disability with these incredible people. Get ready for a stream of honest and eye-opening conversations – with a lot of laughs along the way! 
    P.S. This podcast contains a number of shameless plugs for exercise physiology, the most fantastic industry in the world. And no, of course, we’re not biased…
    Subscribe now

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

EmmaEvert ,

Great

The boys are funny & goofy. But also knowledgeable & passionate. Love it 👏

BRITE89 ,

Informative and entertaining

I really enjoy this podcast. It gives insight into different filmic portrayals of people living with disabilities. It has helped me to learn a bit more about how to engage with others in my community. Harry and AJ’s presentation style is authentic and humorous and easy to listen to. “Unaware” is a must if you are starting out in the EP industry or just wanting to learn more about the physical experiences of someone living with a disability.

GabrielleS1993 ,

Can’t wait for the rest of the season!

Very interesting idea! The boys seem to have great banter which makes it very light-hearted and conversational yet still informative!

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