Enriched Health Care Update July 2014

Having completed some fun sporting events this year, I am getting used to writing a diary post reflecting on the event. As we pass the end of the financial year for Enriched Health Care, I thought I might take the same fun approach as it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the last twelve months and celebrate the achievements of our great little team.

Enriched Health Care has now delivered improved health outcomes for over 12000 patients and it is a pleasure to have such a capable and committed team.

Port Macquarie Physiotherapist Alexandra Cox engaged a flourishing new patient group with her paediatric physiotherapy services. She delivered not only BetterStart funded Physiotherapy for children with disabilities but also a range of musculoskeletal physiotherapy services.  Alexandra has been on maternity leave while she looks after Harry, the beautiful addition to her family. We all miss Alexandra’s bubbly personality around the clinic and the Enriched Health Care team are eagerly waiting for her to return.

Port Macquarie Physiotherapist Barry Spencer has now settled in and has quickly picked up a full case load of patients. Barry has been an absolute champion to have back on deck and has quickly contributed his musculoskeletal rehabilitation wisdom to our multi-disciplinary team. Barry and his super wife Sarah also had another son Daniel in March this year and Barry seems to operate exceptionally well on minimal sleep.

Jade Fraser is continuing to work in Kempsey and Port Macquarie. She has been participating in a significant workload with full time work at Enriched Health Care and ongoing learning with her Masters in Exercise Rehabilitation. Kempsey has unfortunately seen some funding reductions over the past year with the removal of the Rural Primary Health Services (RPHS) program and Aged Care Access Initiative (ACAI) funding, previously provided by the Division of General Practice now Medicare Locals. Jade has demonstrated a very proactive and adaptive approach to changing tides. Kempsey continues to successfully provide a range of health care services for WorkCover, DVA, Private Patient and Aboriginal health patients.

Alex Pearson has been very busy in Nambucca, Coffs Harbour and Grafton. Enriched Health Care has had significant growth thanks to his persistent and stable efforts. Alex has achieved this whilst at the same time managing the significant loss of funding with the closure of RPHS, along with other funded services being re-arranged by the new Medicare Locals. Alex has provided a range of corporate health, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic disease management services over the last twelve months with great success.

Rebecca Schmidt has almost finished her Certificate IV in Practice Management and over the last twelve months has taken on many of the challenging and various roles of practice management within Enriched Health Care. Rebecca has demonstrated exceptional work ethic and commitment and her effective ways gain the respect of people very quickly. I have thoroughly enjoyed her professional approach to getting things done properly.

I continue to balance multiple hats. I have for some time now been carrying a full time patient load at Enriched Health Care, whilst also managing the company. My clinical work has changed to include more clinical gait assessments - particularly for runners, orthopaedic and neurological patients. My musculoskeletal rehabilitation work continues to keep me busy with Functional Capacity Evaluations, Work Place Assessments and Exercise Rehabilitation. I am also providing case management services again for complex patients who have spinal cord and brain injuries. This has also allowed me to gain some new skills over the last twelve months including Care and Needs Scales, Care Needs Assessments, Care Needs Reviews and Functional Independent Measures. In the past twelve months I’ve completed the Port Macquarie 70.3 (Half Iron Man), and two ultra runs including the 80km Cradle Mountain run in Tasmania and the North Face 100km run in the Blue Mountains. I am also studying Musculoskeletal Medicine at Flinders University, plus trying to balance this with family life as I have an 18 month old daughter at home who is growing up way too quick! I am lucky to have one very patient wife.

Enriched Health Care has successfully engaged within community events over the past twelve months and the team have thoroughly enjoyed our sponsoring of the Port Macquarie Running Festival, Port Macquarie Triathlon Club, Port Macquarie Tracks and Trails Club and the Sawtell/Toormina Saints AFL.

So that’s us for the last twelve months. A great team doing great things. Thank you to our medical doctors, allied health partners, patients, employers and families for your support of our services. I hope everyone is looking forward to the next 2014/2015 financial year.
Kind regards

Simon Turnbull
Managing Director
Enriched Health Care