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Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Allison Hocking

Name: Allison Hocking

Job: Team Leader/Occupational Therapist- Stroke Detours Program at Golf Links Road.

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

Every day is different, which is why I love working in a home based rehabilitation team. I can be working with clients within their own homes to help them attain their goals post stroke or out in the local community with clients to assist them to return to shopping or work. I can be visiting the hospital or other rehabilitation wards completing referrals for clients coming onto our program or I can be working with the other team members to support the on-going day to day running of the Stroke Detours Program.

Why did you decide to work in rehabilitation?

I started my career in a rotational position, which allowed me to see different areas of Occupational Therapy. I loved rehabilitation as I was able to see a change in client’s occupations and could really see what I was doing was helping them to achieve their goals. I particularly like to work with clients within their own homes, as you can utilise their own environment to help enable their recovery and also get to do some fun therapeutic activities such as playing golf, going to their work place or walking along the beach.

What do like best about your job?

The team I work with is such a hardworking, dedicated group that amazes me with what we can achieve for our stroke clients. I also enjoy the flexibility that comes from working within the community and how every day is different.

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

Peninsula Health received funding to develop and implement an early supported discharge program for stroke clients called the Stroke Detours Program. I was fortunate enough to get the team leader role and was able to develop this evidence based program from the ground up and it has now been successfully running for five years and has on-going funding. This has definitely been a career highlight.

Another highlight is when you see clients achieve their goals, no matter how small, and what that means for them and their families.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Family adventures with my nearly 2 year old (who keeps us all on our toes), spending time with family and friends and hopefully getting back into running, if I ever find the time!