The Pilbara Health Professionals Network welcomes health professionals from throughout the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Registration to the site allows access to extensive support resources not available to general users.
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Pilbara Palliative Care events
During the month of September, the Pilbara Health Professionals Network hosted a series of events in the Pilbara supporting the launch of the Pilbara Palliative Care program. This innovative new service aims to assist in the delivery of palliative care services to patients in the Pilbara region, and reduce patient travel for specialist services.
The education and networking dinners held in Port Hedland, Karratha and Newman were hosted by Palliative Care Specialist Dr Paula Moffat and Clinical Nurse Specialist Ed Gaudoin, from Bethesda Health Care. Also, in attendance were members of the Pilbara Palliative Care team including Medical Director Dr Graeme Fitzclarence, Nurses Jane Muzamba, Fiona Jones, and Linda Wishart, and Aboriginal Healthcare Worker Helena Lane.
The events were a fantastic opportunity for local health professionals to network and engage with other health disciplines supporting palliative care in the region. Attendees took the opportunity to engage with the presenters and the Pilbara Palliative Care team to discuss ways in which they could support their patient’s needs regarding treatment, referral pathways and advanced care planning.
Thank you to our guests for attending this Pilbara Health Professionals Network event. We look forward to seeing you at future networking events across the Pilbara.
Meet a local health professional
Occupational Therapist – Connect Paediatric Therapy Service
What are your professional interests/specialities?
I have been working in rural and remote settings since I graduated from University as I have a passion in rural health, particularly from a paediatric perspective. I have largely worked for WA Health Department so I’ve worked across the spectrum of Occupational Therapy but I am now delving into the world of private therapy and so focusing on disability. I particularly love working with families right at the start of their journey in the early years and in mealtimes.
Tell us, where are you from and how did you get to be an Occupational Therapist in the Pilbara region?
I am originally from Esperance in the south of WA. I started my OT journey in Carnarvon because I was looking for some more sunshine. After 5 years in Carnarvon I went traveling overseas and when it was time to return a good friend of mine was the Senior OT in Karratha and encouraged me to apply for the job. I was super interested in the job because of the outreach to other communities, the opportunity to work with Aboriginal populations and my friend just sold the lifestyle!
What do you love about the Pilbara?
I love the contrast in colours, the sunsets, the massive tides, seeing so many animals when you’re out on the boat and the people. There are a lot of special people up here in the Pilbara. Oh, and winter, nothing beats winter in the Pilbara!!
Did you always want to be an Occupational Therapist? Why?
No, I had no idea what an Occupational Therapist was until I did a prac during my first degree with a lady that was working part time as an OT and as an exercise physiologist. I just loved the idea of working with people to achieve their functional goals and the collaboration.
What are your passions?
Running, 90s music, eating and gardening
When you aren’t working, where will we find you?
In my garden, walking my dog round the streets of Karratha, with the kids at the pool or having a beverage and a great convo with my friends.