Throughout her career, Elyse has enjoyed the opportunity to work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, including exercise physiologists, speech pathologists, support coordinators, nurses, and occupational therapists, to help achieve a client’s goals.
“It’s interesting to see the difference,” Elyse reflects. “In hospital, the focus is on discharging patients to a safe environment. But in a community setting, we focus on how the client wants to live their life.”
Elyse believes working inter-professionally has strengthened her knowledge and ability to assist patients holistically.
“For example, in a hospital, I’ve worked with occupational therapists (OTs) to assist with mobility, which has also allowed the OT to complete an assessment,” Elyse explains. “At the MS Society, we have OTs who will do home modifications and put in applications for assistive technologies.
“Similarly, I have worked with an OT to ask the NDIS to provide a client with an electric tricycle (E-Trike), because it was equipment required for physical activity, rather than mobility. If funding is approved, I will then work with the client and their bike to improve their fitness, stability, balance, and safety.”
Elyse reflects on the significant impact inter-professional health care and support can have on people’s lives.
“One lady cried when she got her E-Trike, because now she can ride with her kids to school. Another client does a lot of travelling and wanted one she can fold-up to take with her, as she’s previously been unable to join her partner and friends on bike rides during their trips.