Kate Pestell is a physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia in 2017.
She worked in Esperance for several years and has recently come back to Perth to work at Fremantle hospital.
Kate was alerted to the resources available via the TRACS WA website by her senior physiotherapist in Esperance. She was grateful to have access to the TRACS WA website, which she felt supported her to be able to provide safe, quality care and to ensure that her patients were not disadvantaged by distance from a tertiary hospital.
In particular she utilised website resources around community based pulmonary rehabilitation (e.g. the breathless patient panel discussion) which she said gave her confidence to understand current best practice and to reflect on the provision of services locally available, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses.
She also accessed the resources on best practice care of people in the community living with Parkinson’s disease, as this was a condition that she did not have any prior experience with, apart from the theoretical content covered within her university program.
As a new graduate Kate was also able to access the “Transition to Practice” group provided by WACHS, a peer led support network for allied health staff. She commented that mentoring and guidance is essential for newly graduated AH staff and was very appreciative of the support offered by this network and from senior clinicians at Esperance health service.
We would be very interested in hearing from other clinicians regarding how accessing the TRACS WA website has assisted them in their role.
Kate Pestell enjoying Esperence