As The Movement Team nears our third birthday, we are sharing a series of short articles about how and why we came to be. Our home page is www.themovementteam.com.au. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you. Thank you for your support.
Before The Movement Team, Yanek and I, had each experienced just about the polar opposites of the Physiotherapy profession.
The scope of the Physiotherapy profession is so much larger than most people realise and it felt to us that we had started off heading in the opposite directions and then just kept going...
When most students line up for their first day of their Physiotherapy university course, they have very little idea what Physio truely is. Each new semester uncovers new potential workplaces, skills, approaches, injuries and conditions. Physiotherapists work across the full scope of the health sector, but the possibilities extend also in the sports; fitness; disability; workplace health and safety; and education sectors.
Each graduating Physio will explore, discover and develop interests and skills in parts of our profession.
Two very different paths...
When Yanek and I met at the University of Queensland, we were already on very different paths. I was completing the Bachelor degree while Yanek was completing the Masters course. Yanek was entering Physiotherapy with a clear goal, to return the UK to work in Football, while I was keen on doing well, but not quite sure what that meant!
After University we professionally took very, very different paths. In fact, there were almost no similarities about our workplaces after university.
Yanek worked in Brisbane for a year before heading back to the UK. There he worked in football, working with developing squads and elite teams. He spent 4 years working with Tottenham Hotspurs in the EPL before transitioning to work in complex military rehabilitation.
I meanwhile entered the hospital sector and worked in private then public hospitals in Brisbane and Hobart. I took a specific interest in neurological surgery and rehabilitation, until I had an opportunity to work in paediatrics (babies and children). Over the next 8 years I would explore as many parts of paediatric health care as possible, working in the hospital, disability, developmental and private sectors in clinical and leadership roles.
Those 2 paths somehow converge...over food!
More for personal reasons than professional, a number of years later Yanek and I both found ourselves back in Brisbane. Soon we sat down for a catch up meal with our wives. As four health professionals, including three Physios, our conversation soon turned to our various works.
We had each had a number of jobs, in a number of sectors. We had worked in different states and countries. We had worked with different ages, types of conditions, in different sectors, and in each of these jobs, different factors limited or assisted our ability to help people. We discussed the things that went wrong, the things that went right, and if we had the power...the things we would change and the things we would keep.
Some of our observations:
Physio's can work in a huge range of places... each with it's own pro's and con's:
In elite sport, money was never an issue; in the disability sector, money was always an issue.
In private practice, access to other professionals and specialists was often difficult; in the military, it was as easy as calling across the room.
In public hospitals, systems were designed to support people in hospital but ongoing care once discharged was difficult.
In early development services, intervention was mostly focussed on education and exercise; in private practice, intervention was mostly delivered on a treatment bed.
In each of our jobs, these and many other different factors limited or assisted our ability to help people.
Our unique backgrounds might give us a unique opportunity...
As we talked, the best things about each of our jobs somehow seemed to mirror each other.
We loved helping people. When a job environment valued the person... things often went well.
We loved working as a team. When a job environment allowed people to learn from and support each other... we often felt good!
So at the end of the day, despite all the differences, Physiotherapy in every context actually seemed to depend on only two things:
- the person needing assistance and
- the person assisting.
Each system, workplace and service that we had worked in was trying to allow one person to best help the other. Each had its own strengths and weaknesses.
That night at dinner we decided that maybe, just maybe, we should have a crack at putting those strengths together.
The challenge was set... the next steps would turn out to be much more complicated!
Tim and Yanek.
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