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.
Aboriginal health worker
ATSI health practitioner
Chinese medicine practitioner
Community health representative
Dental medical specialist
Federal health representative
Health agency representative
Medical radiation practitioner
Mental health professional
Nurse – enrolled
Nurse – registered
Nurse and midwife
Public health representative
State health representative
Student – health
Student – medicine
PHPN Young Professionals Health Summit
What a unique learning environment at the inaugural PHPN YP Health Summit located at the Mackerel Islands.
Our group had the opportunity to create lasting connections with colleagues and friends from around the region and learn valuable knowledge, encouragement and clinical wisdom from our trainers Dr Cherelle Fitzclarence (RCSWA), Dr Graeme Fitzclarence (RCSWA) and Physiotherapist Alice Bartley (Pilbara Physiotherapy)
Thank you to our Young Professionals for attending the Health Summit. We look forward to next years at the beautiful Mackerel Islands.
Meet a local health professional
Occupation: Acting Senior Physiotherapist at Hedland Health Campus
What are your professional interests/specialties?
Working at Hedland Health Campus you need to be a generalist as every day is different, and you can’t be sure what is going to walk through the door. We treat inpatients, outpatients, complete home visits in the community and run regional outreach programs across the Pilbara. I have a special interest in educating communities about ‘wet cough’ and preventing Chronic Lung Conditions.
Tell us, where are you from and how did you get to be a Physiotherapist in the Pilbara region?
I am from Perth originally. In my 4th year I completed a placement in Kununurra in which I found my passion for working rurally and being up North. I applied on the job.wa.gov website for Western Australia Country Health Service
What do you love about the Pilbara?
I love the red dirt, it gets everywhere but it also means you must be having a good adventure. The community I live in is the best part, really makes you feel as if you are part of something and there is always someone to help you out if you get a bit stuck. There is a new spot to explore every weekend and most of all the sun is pretty much always shining!
Did you always want to be a Physiotherapist? Why?
I have a huge passion for working within the Indigenous population and ensuring they receive equal opportunity to our healthcare system. I am passionate about getting patients back on their feet and returning to baseline, ensuring they are adequate set up in the community with enough support. Working in the Pilbara has allowed me to achieve this.
What are your passions?
Volunteering! I am the Hedland Project Officer for Fair game which I was able to get off the ground running last year. Every Monday night we run sports activities with other volunteers (basically my friends I have recruited) for the local indigenous kids. We are able to run ‘Game on’ sessions that I am able to use principles of Physiotherapy to teach kids healthy habits and lifestyle choices.
When you aren’t working, where will we find you?
Playing every other social sport
Having cheese boards on my new tinny