Many of us easily ride a bike, kick a ball or swim in the pool on the weekend without a second thought. But for some children and adults with physical disabilities, they need hours, days, months or years of physiotherapy to be able to move with ease.
CPL has a team of expert Physiotherapists across Queensland to help improve the gross motor skills (like sitting, standing, walking and lifting) of children and adults with disabilities.
Prue Clark, one of CPL’s Physiotherapists in Townsville, said that while no two days are the same, every day is about helping clients to achieve their full potential for physical independence.
Working amongst a team of seven Allied Health professionals at CPL’s Townsville service, Prue helps over 15 clients every week with specialised exercises, therapy or equipment to help them participate in everyday activities and environments they enjoy.
Prue said she starts each day with a cup of English breakfast tea and a smile.
“Over my two and a half years with CPL, I’ve never had the same day twice!” Prue said laughing.
“My day can range from travelling to help a client in their home, to a school or community visit, running a group therapy class like hydrotherapy, or a client appointment at our Townsville office.
“From age range to individual needs, every client and every appointment is different too.
“One client might have a goal of improving at a sport or in play time, where another might need help with balance and core stability, or it might be time for an equipment update or review.
“I love that I can support each client in a different way to help them achieve their individual goals,” she said.
Aside from working in CPL’s Townsville service, Prue is also part of a team of three who tackle a 10 hour drive to Mount Isa for outreach services three times a year.
“In one week, we would provide at least 150 hours of service between the three of us,” Prue said.
“We visit around 15 clients out in Mount Isa that otherwise have limited access to physio, speech or occupational therapy.
“We also assist a variety of staff with professional development opportunities so they can better support people with disabilities in their community,” she said.
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