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Due to massive growth, the Complete Therapies unit at Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) is currently inviting applications from qualified allied health professionals to come and join their passionate team.

“We’ve been inundated with additional requests for services, so we’re actively seeking an exercise physiologist, occupational therapist, an allied health assistant or personal trainer, and two physiotherapists to come and join us,” explains Angela Ellis, Executive Manager of the Complete Therapies Unit.

A 2015 Deakin University graduate, Zac O’Rourke is an Exercise Physiologist who’s been with GLCH since 2015. “It’s a really interesting job because you come across a lot of different people on a day-to-day basis. For me it’s a good level of challenge and satisfaction that comes from making progress and accomplishing things – it’s very rewarding. From an environment point of view, I really enjoy the setting we work in; it’s a community-focused organisation and I see familiar faces quite frequently, so I get to know my clients well, which I like.”

Parivesh Kumar used to visit Lakes Entrance as a tourist. He completed his post-graduation from University of Melbourne and is now the Senior Clinician in GLCH’s Physiotherapy department. Parivesh specialises in working with people who have chronic pain and musculoskeletal issues. “I’ve been working at GLCH for more than 12 years now,” he says. “It’s a really friendly and supportive environment with great people to work with. I feel well supported by my colleagues and there are also great opportunities available here, to advance your learning and further your education.”

Previously working in community rehabilitation at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Harriett Cook is a physiotherapist with a Masters in Neurological Rehabilitation, an advanced qualification that enables her to treat people who need neurological rehab or who suffer from dizziness. “What I really like about my role is the collaborative and holistic approach we take. So, I work with the other physiotherapist here, allied health assistants and an exercise physiologist, which means I’m learning a lot about all areas of physiotherapy; and I think it actually helps to make me a better physiotherapist.”

“In the city you can fall into a niche where you treat the same type of clients day in and day out; but here you get to work with a whole range of conditions, so I do find the variety in the role and the diversity of clients that you get to see here, really enjoyable,” Harriett adds.

In her role as GLCH’s personal trainer, Kim Woolan runs an exercise program for new mums as well as exercise sessions at GLCH’s Children’s Centre in Coates Road, Lakes Entrance. “I also work as an Allied Health Assistant, and in this role I deliver group sessions to enhance general conditioning and mobility, as well as working one-to-one with clients, and assisting physiotherapists and exercise physiologists with their rehabilitation clients.”

If you are a physiotherapist. an exercise physiologist, occupational therapist, allied health assistant or personal trainer, then contact GLCH to find out more about the vacant positions that are currently available.