True Stories: Emma Riley – Making a difference through physiotherapy!

During my physiotherapy training I had a placement in disability and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to explore this area further by volunteering at an organisation called the Self-Help Group for Cerebral Palsy in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was an amazing, eye opening and fulfilling experience that I intend to repeat.

In a typical daEmma Rileyy for me at work I will usually have a visit booked to a see a client at their home, school, workplace, or maybe a playground. I need to first prepare for the visit by gathering appropriate materials, assessments, toys and relevant information on the client.

At a visit (depending on where we are up to) we discuss the client’s needs, functional goals, current level of achievement, and in conjunction with the client/family/carers, we discuss ideas of how we might address the goals set, then follow-up on progress.

Back at the office I document my notes and discuss, with appropriate members of the allied health team, other ideas that could make our intervention better.

My role at Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) allows me to see people who need assistance. I can see them in their own environment, which gives my ideas context and can make a large and practical difference to the people I am working with.

Emma Riley

Physiotherapist

Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC)

NSW

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