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Meet Jacqui our new physiotherapy blogger

Hello there!

My name is Jacqui and I’m a physiotherapist working at Peninsula Health. I was approached to contribute as a blogger, evidently someone must think I have some things of interest to share! I will do my best to provide you with an insight into my life working at Peninsula Health, and hopefully provide some entertainment along the way.

I guess I’ll start by introducing myself…. My job title is Emergency Department Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. . What does a physiotherapist do in the emergency department, you might well ask? We will get to that, but first let’s go back to where it all began.

I have always been a local to this area; I grew up in Langwarrin and went to school there. I enjoyed school and had a particular liking for science, especially anything involving the human body. Whilst I was at school my dad worked in administration at the Mt Eliza Centre, and I remember him mentioning to me how much the physios that worked there seemed to enjoy their jobs. I looked into what being a physio involved and thought that sounded like it suited me so I decided that is what I would work towards. I was about 14 at the time. Luckily for me all my hard work at school paid off and at the end of year 12 I was offered a position to study physio at the University of Melbourne. I loved my course and couldn’t wait to start working in the field. After 4 years of travelling to the University of Melbourne from Langwarrin via public transport (not to mention various clinical placements, none nearby), I decided when I finished Uni I wanted to work close to home!

My career with Peninsula Health kicked off way back in 2003, when I joined the physiotherapy team at Frankston Hospital as a rotating grade 1 physiotherapist. But that wasn’t the first step in my physio career. My first job as a new graduate was at Beleura Private Hospital, where I spent 18 months. It was a lovely place to work and I met many great people.  I craved further challenges and learning opportunities so I decided to look for a new role and was successful in obtaining a position at Peninsula Health. In my time at Peninsula Health, I’ve worked in pretty much all the areas of physio at Frankston Hospital – I’ve spent time in each of the rotations on all the wards as a grade 1, I’ve worked in ICU, in women’s health, in paeds and in outpatients. I’ve done cardiothoracics, neuro and orthopaedics. I’ve also spent time working at Rosebud Rehab, Rosebud CRP and Franskton CRP. I’ve done home visits for PenPAC. During all of this I also worked after hours in a local private physiotherapy practice. Gaining experience and insight in so many areas helped me to determine where my particular interest lay, and where I’d like my career to head. I discovered my passion was working in the musculoskeletal field, and so I undertook a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, which I completed in 2007. Whilst studying for my masters, I started working weekends as a primary contact physiotherapist in the emergency department at Frankston. This type of role was quite new to the physiotherapy profession, and Peninsula Health were one of the first four health services in the state to trial the position, commencing in 2005. I loved working in the ED, and when I completed my study I took on ED work as my permanent role. Over 6 years later, I’m still here working in ED and still loving my work.

So that’s it for an introduction to who I am and where I’ve come from, and probably quite enough for one post! Thanks for reading, stay tuned for next time where we’ll get onto what on earth is an Emergency Department Physiotherapy Practitioner, and what it is I do in the ED.

3 Comments

  1. Karen Ridgway Feb 25 2014

    Well I never- the things you find when surfing around for other information!!

    Cant wait to see your next post about physio in ED 🙂

    • jhumphreys@phcn.vic.gov.au Mar 14 2014

      Thanks for taking the time to read, hope you enjoy the next post too!
      It’s nice to have a forum where I can share with others about the work that physios do in ED.

      Jacqui

  2. Iris wilson Jun 19 2017

    Do you do short wave and sling treatment for the public or di you work only with out-patients??

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