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Physiotherapy supported to keep up with workload


A compact and reliable team of physiotherapists and undergraduate students has covered an increasing workload at Rural Northwest Health in recent times.

Our senior physiotherapist Brett Boyle has utilised the services of both undergraduate and locum physios to keep up with demand while RNH searched for a second full-time physiotherapist. The most recent contribution was from Melbourne graduates Michael and Hirumi and locum physio Lenny Aronsten.

Lenny said he liked locum work because it gave him the opportunity to see and experience all of Australia.

“I’ve loved my time working in Warracknabeal and I am really hoping to return in the near future for a further placement,” Lenny said.

“The facility is very modern and fantastic to work in and the Rural Northwest Health team are a great bunch and I find it very easy to work with them,” he said.

“I’ve used my weekends to travel the immediate region and have discovered all these great places to visit.

“My fondness for bush walking has lured me to nearby places of intrigue like the Grampians and Mt Arapiles.

“They are just amazing locations to visit and enjoy.”

La Trobe University students Michael and Hirumi are in the middle of a series of work placements before they can qualify as physiotherapists. For Michael, it is the first time he has ventured this far from his hometown of Melbourne.

“I’ve never worked in the Wimmera or Mallee but I loved every second of it here,” Michael said.

“Rural Northwest Health’s team has been fantastic because they are really supportive and I’ve gained more from constructive feedback,” he said.

“It’s definitely an environment conducive to my learning. I’ve been challenged beyond what I thought were my capabilities and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“The variety of work has also provided a lot of opportunities that I might not have gained elsewhere.”

Mr Boyle said his team was doing the best it could to keep up with demand.

“We’ve been getting through the workload as well as possible and having the support of locums and students has definitely helped,” Mr Boyle said.

“Lenny’s experience has been invaluable and he’s very professional,” he said.

“He extended his stay an extra two weeks which was a big help as well.”

Mr Boyle said RNH supported university students with work placement as often as possible.

“We have genuinely established ourselves as a teaching health service and the students all seem to really enjoy coming here,” he said.

“They learn a great variety of skills at a rural health service and they enjoy our modern facilities and equipment.

Mr Boyle said he looked forward to the appointment of a new physiotherapist in mid-August.

“We have been very fortunate to secure the services of a second full time physiotherapist because there is a strong demand for these services in our shire at the moment,” he said.

“The long-awaited appointment will give us the ability to provide sustainable quality care for the community.

“We will certainly be able to improve what is already a great service to the region, once this has happened.”

Caption: RNH senior physiotherapist Brett Boyle with undergraduates Hirumi and Michael and locum Lenny Aronsten.

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