Life can be seen as a series of challenges designed to teach us about ourselves and consequently, our response to these challenges defines who we are.
All my life, I have been told different things meant to limit my vision of myself and those around me. Things like:
“Surgery is not a career for women.” “You won’t be strong enough to do orthopaedics.”
“Karate is not ax girls sport.”
“Women with careers shouldn’t have children.”
“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; rather, it is what you make of it yourself.
My vision for QLRC was to develop a practice environment that encourages and enables people to be the best they can be, both physically and emotionally. 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. 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.
QLRC 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, we are able to help you. One thing for sure – we look forward to meeting you!