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Clinical Researcher

spanning Australia, Canada, USA, Ireland and the UK to achieve these research goals.

What’s your link to Townsville? I moved to Townsville to attend James Cook University and was part of the first graduating cohort of physiotherapists.

What’s happening with your life outside of work? In the summer it involves hiking mountains and cycling the coastline of British Columbia, while in winter I ski and snow shoe on the weekends.


Where are you now? After graduating I moved to Brisbane to start my physiotherapy career. Working with people after they had suffered a stroke – seeing their struggles and the incredible amount of recovery achieved by some – made me realise I wanted to commit my career to researching how to improve outcomes for all people with stroke. I completed my PhD at The University of Queensland and am now completing my Postdoctoral Fellowship at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada. It’s a beautiful west coast city where mountains provide the perfect backdrop.

How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? Working with the physiotherapy staff at JCU and The Townsville Hospital Rehab Department was instrumental in guiding me to take the research path. I found my passion for working with stroke survivors, honed my physiotherapy skills and completed my first research project in Townsville.

What does your work involve? I’m working to understand how an individual recovers arm and hand function again after a stroke. Out of every 10 stroke survivors, three to four can’t use their arm or hand – a devastating personal experience. My research looks at how the brain changes after stroke, use of arm and hand adapts, and therapy approaches that can be used to optimise recovery. I’m fortunate to work with a group of researchers


Do you still come back to Townsville to visit? About once a year I come back to visit colleagues and current students undertaking postgraduate studies through JCU.

Stage Manager What’s your link to Townsville? I was born and raised in Townsville and completed a degree in Technical Theatre at James Cook University.

few years ago and enjoy sharing our garden with our chooks, rabbits and birds. Living in stunning wine country is worth the daily commute to Adelaide. What does your work involve? I’m a freelance Stage Manager, primarily working in opera for the State Opera of South Australia and theatre for the State Theatre Company of South Australia (STCSA), as well as for the Adelaide Festival of Arts and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. I’ve just finished heading up the Australian Stage Management Team on Handel’s Saul for the Adelaide Festival and I’m heading off on a national tour this year with STCSA Stage Managing a production of George Orwell’s 1984. My husband and I also own a video production and event management company called Pepper Tree Productions. We provide live images to big screens for major concerts in Adelaide. How did your time in Townsville set you up for success? I was blessed to be surrounded by very supportive family, friends, teachers and mentors who encouraged me in all that I did. I had lots of opportunities that I wouldn’t have had in a big city. Do you still come back to Townsville to visit? I haven’t had the chance for a few years but I’m hoping to visit within the next year.

Where are you now? My husband Nicholas and I bought a house in the Barossa Valley a

DUOMagazine April 2017


DUO Magazine April 2017  

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