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Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Matt Brailsford

Name: Matt Brailsford

Job: Community Rehabilitation Team Leader/Senior Physiotherapist

What does a typical day/shift in your role involve?

Being a part of a big team, with many different roles and days of work, the day often starts with a check up of who is around today, which staff members are off site doing home visits and making sure if someone is off sick their clients are sorted. Emails next (if no immediate meetings) and there can be quite a few if I have been away from the office for more than a day.

I have an ‘open door’ style (most days!) which means staff members often ‘visit’ with any concerns, issues or ideas. This can be an enjoyable part of my role – or a challenging (somewhat stressful) part. I like to know what is happening with everyone, as this helps me have a clearer picture of how we are going as a Program.

There are usually a few meetings, some of which I lead, some in which I sit quietly and listen. I might have a supervision session with another Physiotherapist, to chat about a clinical issue or challenge.

I try not to ‘drift’ in the late afternoon and do a quick ‘to do’ list for the next day.

Why did you decide to work in rehabilitation?

There is nothing better than seeing people improve their functioning – a dry answer but true. The challenge (and the fun) is working out the best possible solutions/strategies for an individual when they present with their own unique issues and applying a lifetime of knowledge and seeing the results come later.

What do like best about your job?

In terms of the team leader role:

  • Working with so many great people – all different, all with their own experiences and all with their own approaches.
  • Getting the best out of everyone so we can all deliver a great service to clients – and in most cases have a significant impact on their lives.

What has been one highlight or memorable moment working in rehabilitation at Peninsula Health?

There have been quite a few. But one would be working with an elderly client with a recently amputated leg, who was nearly “destined for a nursing home” – client’s words not mine.

Over many months and with many ups and downs, he finally achieved his goals of being able to stay at home with his life partner, stand up at the toilet and walk into his favourite restaurant with his family! In Rehab it doesn’t get better than that.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I enjoy time with family, eating good food, gardening/outdoors, swimming and sleeping.