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2008 in Brief

We have expanded into an adjacent suite and have gained a new treatment room, redesigned an existing one and added a fantastic staffroom / meeting room. We have certainly grown in the last 9 years—one suite is now four and one OT is now six!

Jane, Kylie and Kerry continued their professional development in soft tissue by completing a week long advanced post-grad subject with James Cook Uni in July. This has again increased our treatment options for patients with soft tissue injuries.

Kerry presented “Oedema Management in Hand Injuries” at the FNQ Rural Division of General Practice Conference in November.

We presented “The Role of Occupational Therapy in Aged Care” at the Aged Care Forum convened by GP Cairns’ Aged Care Panel.

Jane attended a Wrist Injury Symposium and the AHTA’s Level 1 and 2 Splinting workshops.

Kerry attended the Australian Hand Therapy Association Conference in Melbourne in October. The conference had a focus on the rehab of overuse injuries.

Chris, Andrée, Jane and Kerry participated in the two day “Management of Hand and UL Deformity in Neurological Dysfunction Workshop” presented by Judith Wilton which focussed on splinting and casting for clients with increased tone.

We started an AHTA Special Interest Group in Cairns, for therapists with an interest in rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Limb.

Kerry was invited to become a member of the Cairns Primary Health Care Network and was involved in GP Cairns’ Aged Care Panel. She continues to convene the Cairns Allied Health Private Practitioner’s Network and promote allied health teamwork at every opportunity.

We continued our involvement with James Cook University by supervising 3rd and 4th year Occupational Therapy students as well as providing in-services for student groups. Kerry continues with her voluntary position on the JCU Consultative Committee, representing OT AUSTRALIA and clinicians in North Queensland.

We have been working at expanding our expertise in several areas over the last few years. Our services now include:

We are pleased to have assisted a greater number of Enhanced Primary Care clients this year and look forward to continuing to provide EPC services and being able to use the new code for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

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Coming Attractions for 2008

We are excited to be welcoming a new OT, Karina Lewis in January. She is returning to Cairns with diverse experience in Hand Therapy and Adult Rehab from throughout Australia and the United Kingdom.

We will have five therapists (Jane, Kylie, Chris, Karina and Kerry) working with patients with hand injuries, soft tissue injuries, lymphoedema, burns and scar management. With this blend of therapists we are aiming to meet our patients’ and referrers’ needs in the most timely manner.

Several of our therapists will be continuing their post-grad studies into soft tissue injury management, splinting and hand therapy in 2008.

We look forward to exploring new treatment techniques, including use of our new Whole Body Vibration machine to help optimise function.