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2019-09-09 12:38:50

Allied Health and Health Practitioners

Brittany Vella – JCU medal for outstanding academic achievement awardee and first-year graduate speech pathologist

"As a new graduate, the speech pathology rotational program at The Townsville Hospital really appealed to me. It provides clinicians with the opportunity to experience a variety of caseloads and develop foundation clinical skills, while also meeting your specific learning goals and up-skilling in areas such as video-fluoroscopy and fibreoptic endoscopy of swallowing. I am currently working in the paediatric caseload and will rotate through rehabilitation, medical and surgical caseloads. My speech pathology colleagues, seniors and supervisors have been incredibly supportive in both my clinical management of patients and my transition in the hospital environment. I have had a really great experience starting out at TTH as a new graduate and look forward to expanding my clinical skills and continuing to grow as a speech pathologist!"

Brittany Vella – JCU medal for outstanding academic achievement awardee and first-year graduate speech pathologist
Dr Kelvin Robertson - Advanced pharmacist and Human Research Ethics Committee Chair Kelvin Robertson

"I’m proud to work for an organisation that has a true passion and commitment towards its community. The close collaboration that the HHS has with James Cook University has also allowed me to complete my PhD research, while working full-time. My accelerated career progression is due to the opportunities Townsville HHS has provided which are the same, if not better than our metropolitan counterparts."

Dr Kelvin Robertson - Advanced pharmacist and Human Research Ethics Committee Chair Kelvin Robertson
Jenni Meehan – Senior emergency department physiotherapist

"Being a tertiary facility in a great location, The Townsville Hospital affords many opportunities for physiotherapists while maintaining work-life balance. My 10 years at The Townsville Hospital has not only give me an opportunity to work across all clinical areas, but also to specialise in emergency department physiotherapy. As part of this role I have been able to develop the service, complete further training and progress the career pathway for ED physiotherapy to include trialling the emergency physiotherapy practitioner role. The best part is I’ve been able to do all this, right here in Townsville, and not had to travel to a capital city."

Jenni Meehan – Senior emergency department physiotherapist