I have always been driven to work within the healthcare industry. I graduated from La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) in 2013 with a Masters of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics and a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Anatomy and Physiology. Upon completion of my studies I made the difficult decision to leave my close friends and family and relocate to Adelaide, South Australia to commence work for SA Health as a dual practicing clinician in both Orthotics and Prosthetics.
In 2017 I relocated to Cambridge, UK to fulfil the role of Senior Prosthetist within the busy NHS clinic located at Addenbrookes Hospital (contracted to Opcare). At this time the newly introduced NHS MPK policy was being implemented and the centre became Murrison funded. This subsequently resulted in me gaining a large variety of experience fitting and fine-tuning a number of MPK’s from many suppliers within the UK market. Furthermore, I provided mentorship to new graduates and delivered specialist supervision to students studying at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and University of Salford, UK.
My years of clinical experience working in the direct treatment and management of upper and lower limb orthotic and prosthetic end users has given me a clinical skill set I continue to use within clinic today. My first-hand experience in the clinical field, my experience mentoring and supervising staff and students, my continuing self-directed learning and my attendance at numerous national and international congresses has reiterated to me the importance of evidence based best practice within the Orthotic and Prosthetic industry.
Given my commitment to lifelong learning, evidence-based practice and my enjoyment of training and education, I am thrilled to be part of the Ottobock Academy which encourages this outlook and nurtures development of the industry as a whole. Since joining the academy I have enjoyed attending the limb fitting centres around the country and interacting with the many clinicians requesting supported fittings and training in a variety of Ottobock components and training principles. It’s also been very rewarding working directly with a number of end users to achieve an optimal outcome for their individual cases.
Throughout my journey within the prosthetic industry, I’m keenly aware of the constant mental strain the fear of falling can have on transfemoral prosthetic users, in particular those of a lower mobility level. This has emphasised the importance of default stance mechatronic knees such as the Kenevo and their ability to provide newfound confidence and trust to this at risk-user group. Offering different modes to cater to an individual’s specific needs, along with a number of intuitively built in functions, the Kenevo encourages each user to regain their optimum mobility level, while maintaining safety, regardless of age or previous prosthetic experience.