Did you know over a third of Australia’s health workforce are allied health professionals, delivering a whopping 200 million health services annually?

This World Allied Health Day we want to take the time to celebrate the many achievements of our Allied Health professionals, as they remain the cornerstone of our multidisciplinary teams. Across all of our organisations now operated by Royal Rehab, our Allied Health staff provide an array of services, helping promote our customers emotional, physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs. Together, our Allied Health team maximises our customers capacity to live independently, sitting alongside our other services to promote a holistic approach. So, in celebration of World Allied Health Day meet a few of our amazing staff from across the organisation!

 

Meet Sarah, the Practice Lead with breakthru!

 

Sarah joined breakthru earlier this year after working as a frontline worker in crisis and homelessness mental health. With a passion for justice in the face of the multiple barriers that people with disability faced, Sarah entered the industry, working with customers to help them access the services they care about and gain control of their lives.

Her current role with breakthru allows her to look at a person’s strengths, capacity, and behaviours to identify how they communicate, and in turn, provide strategies and training to help them become more independent. Sarah’s roles as Practice Lead allows her to take the stage nationally, guiding policy and best practice through mentoring other practitioners and providing clinical supervision for complex cases.

While Positive Behaviour Support tends to be a longer process, Sarah has enjoyed helping a 14 year old she has been working with commence intervention. Prior to their sessions he had rarely engaged with practitioners, and after finishing their first session his mum said that it was the most engaged he had ever been.

Sarah’s skills don’t stop with Allied Health, she is also very musically inclined, so occasionally when she isn’t working, she loves to volunteer as a children’s entertainer with the Starlight Foundation and at children’s birthdays.

 

 

Meet Jane, a Senior Physiotherapist at Royal Rehab Private Hospital!

 

Jane has worked with Royal Rehab for almost 15 years, beginning her journey in early 2008. Since then, a lot has changed, including a few notable expansions, a few promotions, and of course, even better technology. Her current position has a core focus on the assessment, treatment, and management of inpatients where she works alongside a multidisciplinary team in private rehabilitation that provide neurological, orthopaedic, and reconditioning supports.

Jane joined the field as she was passionate about helping people achieve their best, and that is exactly what she has accomplished. One of her favourite experiences has been assisting a bariatric stroke client throughout his rehabilitation. From admission the stroke had left him using a wheelchair requiring 3 assistants to maintain balance while sitting, and by the end of his intensive rehabilitation he was able to walk independently with a stick and returned home.

When she is not in the office, Jane loves travelling and has a great time dog sitting for friends and family.

 

 

 

Meet Vanessa, the Sexuality Service Program Coordinator and Speech Pathologist at Royal Rehab LifeWorks!

 

Vanessa has been with Royal Rehab for almost 6 years, and immediately jumped at the opportunity to work with LifeWorks after its opening last year. She has always been fascinated by the speech pathology field, wanting to help people gain the confidence they need to have meaningful conversations. Combining this with her interest in relationship building, Vanessa joined LifeWorks to work with their Sexuality Service, supporting people with a disability to reach their intimacy goals. Through this, she provides a non-judgemental and safe environment for customers to work on their communication and improve their sexuality following injury. Moreover, she runs a Dating After Brain Injury group, where individuals with an acquired brain injury can develop their skills to successfully navigate dating and relationships.

In just under a year this program has already helped numerous clients reach their goals, helping a non-verbal client with cerebral palsy to communicate his needs, wants, and desires during his first sexual experience with a sex worker. Through utilising a board to communicate, the client was able to express himself throughout the experience.

Outside of work, Vanessa enjoys reading her favourite novel, walking her dog, and bushwalking when the weather allows it!

 

 

Meet Kierre, Club Sargood’s very own Lead Physiotherapist, Lead Exercise Physiologist, and Coordinator!

 

Kierre runs the gym at Sargood on Collaroy, leading an Allied Health team to support guests with one-on-one supports or the independent use of the space during their holiday at Sargood.

While originally destined to work in physio for the Australian Ballet after growing up with a love of dancing, Kierre’s career took a turn when she realised she wanted to work within the spinal injury space. Joining Sargood 2 years ago, her favourite part of working in the industry has been assisting people to move every part of their body to stay healthy and feel great despite their level of injury, function, or paralysis (and of course the amazing ocean view from the gym at Sargood on Collaroy!).

While Kierre loves helping people achieve little successes every day, a few stories have shined through for her. A local and recent favourite was when a young man who came to their first session with a burst fracture and forearm braces and walked away 6 months later being able to run and do a 60cm box jump. Additionally, another favourite experience was helping a lady with a C2 spinal injury eat toast with her own hand, she loves toast and what better way to eat it than with her own hand?

During her home time, Kierre loves spending time with her husband and two kids, doing everything from camping by the beach, playing footy, eating great food, and of course, a little bit of dancing.

 

 

Meet Aimee, a Social Worker at MetroRehab!

 

Aimee joined MetroRehab in early 2010 as her first role after completing her Bachelor of Social Science. She then moved to Liverpool Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, working in areas such as stroke and neurology, before finding her way back to the team at MetroRehab Hospital.

Throughout the years, Aimee has utilised her experience to facilitate professional development seminars with core focuses on domestic violence and elder abuse, with a passion for advocating for those without a voice.  In her role, Aimee loves helping customers and their families build therapeutic relationships to facilitate positive change, no matter how big or small.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A thank you to our Allied Health Professionals

Join us as we say thank you to our amazing Allied Health professionals who use their skills and experience to provide the best care to our customers and their families.

Isabella Grant
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