New Physiotherapist at Portland District Health

Monday, 20 January 2014
A desire to work in a hospital environment has lured South Australian Beck Blanch to Portland District Health.

Ms Blanch has joined PDH as a physiotherapist and is enjoying not only the team support but the variety of patients she gets to help.

"I had been applying to various hospitals for work. I would prefer to work in a hospital rather than a private outpatient clinic," she said.

Ms Blanch studied at Flinders University and completed her Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia. The Glenelg native worked for five months at Flinders Hospital before moving to Portland.

It has been a hectic start to her career but Ms Blanch is enjoying the challenge of helping people to recover from a variety of ailments.

Her role includes supporting elderly and frail patients and assessing their mobility and need for home help.

She is also covering knee and hip replacements and assisting people post shoulder surgery and other injuries. Another important part of the role is assisting people with rehabilitation after a stroke.

Ms Blanch says PDH has offered a supportive, team environment for her work. "I like the team environment. It is good to have the support of nurses and occupational therapists and be able to work together to support patients," she said.

That support has included helping her to come to grips with the differences between South Australian and Victorian procedures. There is virtually nothing the same as South Australia," she said. "I have had to learn a whole series of new acronyms and programs."

Like many parts of rural Australia, Portland has struggled to attract physios in recent times but is continuing to try to recruit new staff.

Ms blanch is supported by a part time outpatient physio and an allied health assistant while David and Lesley Walker have been supporting the physio service during the recruitment phase. 

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