Life is not what other people tell you it should be, it is rather what you make of it yourself.
Life can be seen as a series of challenges designed to teach us about ourselves and in consequence, our response to these challenges defines who we are. I have been told that “Surgery is not a career for women”, that “You won’t be strong enough to do orthopaedics”, “Karate is not a girls sport”, that “Women with careers shouldn’t have children” and that “Doing Outreach work is a waste of time”… If we believe everything that other people say, we limit our potential and we never realize our own identity. Life is not what other people tell you it should be, it is rather what you make of it yourself.
My vision for the QLD LRC was to develop a practice environment which encourages and enables people to be the best they can be, both physically and emotionally. No matter whether your diagnosis involves complex reconstructive surgery or non operative management of a minor ankle sprain, it is my genuine desire that every patient leave our clinic with a plan to achieve the best possible function they are capable of. Sometimes surgery can assist this, sometimes it cannot. It is therefore my role to explain your diagnosis and management options so that you are able to make informed decisions about your treatment.
As a fellowship trained Paediatric Orthopaedic surgeon, I also feel that our children are the most precious responsibilities we will ever be charged with caring for. We are incredibly lucky in Australia to have access to a broad range of sporting activities to engage and stimulate their participation. We need to keep our children safe when undertaking these activities and ensure they enter adulthood with an appreciation of how important their physical health is, and how it is inextricably linked to their mental wellbeing. Every childhood should include physical activity if possible. If not, then integration of physical limitation should be embraced and respected within our social structure. I firmly believe in treating every patient with respect and compassion for their situation.
The QLD LRC was initiated with the intention of providing a private sector forum where patients undergoing complex surgery could access surgical intervention as well as allied health resources to assist their reconstructive journey. Limb Reconstruction is time consuming and can be physically and emotionally exhausting. This service caters for patients and families who need extra help in navigating their recovery and I hope that if you are in need of support, then we are able to help you.