Experts in rehabilitation from the Princess Alexandra Hospital have joined forces with Griffith University researchers to improve the outcomes for people with long-term disabling conditions including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and persistent pain.
“Sitting at your desk for long periods of time, maintaining awkward positions for long periods of time and assisting patients with transfers, can all take a toll on your body—it’s important to have a strong core,” said Allied Health Workforce Development Officer Julie-Anne Ross.
“Building connections back to community is vitally important for a patient’s health, we have been working hard, partnering with GP services to ensure better quality community follow-up and to lower the rate of readmission to hospital,” Vivian said.
Tina Coco trained at PAH as a scrub nurse and in 1990 jumped into donor coordination—at the time a new field of nursing. Almost three decades later, the DonateLife Queensland Manager has been awarded one of the highest Australia Day Honours.
In a world-first clinical trial at PAH, an anti-inflammatory drug will be given to participants within hours of spinal trauma in an effort to minimise tissue damage and improve recovery from spinal cord injuries.
“The core of nursing still remains, the caring, the comfort, the ability to translate what’s happening, to support, it’s a privilege to actually care for people and be with them on their journey,” Veronica said.
The nursing profession has changed significantly over the last 50 years, including the welcome addition of men into the workforce. For 23-year-old Cody and 37-year-old Siyu, being part of the PAH 2017 Graduate Nurse Program makes them feel special rather than a minority.