Erin Thompson has just returned from travelling overseas to present her research at the World Congress of Physiotherapists. A staggering 3,500 delegates from around the world convened in Singapore from 1-4 May for this conference event.
"The NSW Rural Doctors Network supported my move to Bega and also provided me with the funding to attend the World Congress of Physiotherapists where I presented the outcome of my Honours research," said Erin.
Erin moved from Newcastle to Bega Valley in January to work at Bega and Pambula Hospitals and Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy.
"I love the Bega Valley! I’m really enjoying the work and lifestyle and getting involved with local activities and sport," she said.
RDN General Manager Dave Karlson commented on how great it has been to be able to attract and retain such high quality clinicians to the region, including six physiotherapists to Sapphire Coast in the last two years.
"RDN’s feedback from allied health professionals indicates that they highly value continuing their professional development but that exposure to education can be difficult in rural and remote areas. We are committed to doing what we can to assist the rural allied health workforce to access the same education and training opportunities as their urban counterparts," he said.
Chris Cheung from SNSW LHD said that the clinical and academic support that rural and regional health professionals are receiving is just as good, if not better, than metropolitan areas.
"For Erin to receive support from RDN to be able to present research to an international audience demonstrates that living and working remotely is not a barrier," he said.
Adam Woolacott, Director of Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy thanked RDN for its assistance with recruiting an allied health workforce to the Far South Coast, and for enabling Erin to access professional development.
"RDN’s support has allowed us to entice extremely high quality physios to Bega and it fits in well with our comprehensive new graduate program that we run with the SNSW LHD," he said.