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Preaching an active lifestyle to patients is part of the job as an Occupational Therapist at PA Hospital, yet one staff member is going above and beyond to walk the walk, not just talk the talk.
Graduate Occupational Therapist, Dominic Churchett, has just returned to the wards of the hospital after being selected to compete, and placing ninth, for Australia at the International Triathlon Union World Age Group Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“I’ve been training and competing in triathlons for over 10 years, so it was important for me to keep that routine when I start work fulltime as an OT.
“I’m passionate about health and wellness and I love working with people, so I find there is a lot of crossover for me in this field,” he said.
Dominic is currently part of the OT Acute Medical Team after spending some time in various rehabilitation areas of the hospital including BIRU and GARU.
“I find it really rewarding to help people and work with them to get back to doing the things they want and need to do,” he said.
“Particularly in a rehab setting, you’re generally working with people who are highly motivated to get back to living their normal life so it’s a lot of repetition, a lot of strength building and goal setting. This is similar to what I do with my training so that allows me to put myself in a patients shoes which I believe they find helpful,” he said.
In this last few months of his two-year graduate program at PA Hospital, Dominic has been able to work in several different environments across the campus.
“The team at PA are amazing and the support we receive as a new grad is fantastic which allows us to develop our knowledge and skills.”