Tiarna is one of our amazing Occupational Therapists in the Sunshine Coast, QLD. Tiarna has been practicing since her graduation in 2017 and is now one of our Senior Therapists!
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Why do you like working in aged care?
I love having the opportunity to build a strong rapport with my residents! In many other fields of Occupational Therapy, you do not get to build the same meaningful relationships as you do in aged-care; every day I am taught valuable lessons that I carry in my everyday life, not just professionally.
What does a day look like for you?
A typical day for me involves providing falls education to residents and staff, completing pain management programs, assisting residents to complete exercises or mobilising based on their personal goals as well as completing a range of functional assessments. As I have recently become a Senior Therapist I also ensure each day that I am maintaining strong relationships between our HCA team, residents and their families, facility management teams and staff.
What’s your local team like?
The Sunny Coast team is all that one could hope for; we have so many different personalities and come from a variety of different cultural backgrounds which makes working alongside one another enjoyable and also gives a feeling of connection to the greater community of OT’s and Physio’s. Many of us attend regular social events outside of work such as going out to restaurants, indoor rock climbing, pottery classes and playing mini golf to name a few!
How many facilities do you work across (in any given week)?
I can work at up to 3 sites per week! Although with current preventative restrictions for I am working in one facility for further notice.
Do you work as part of a multidisciplinary team? What other specialties do you work with?
Every HCA staff member is part of a multidisciplinary team of Physio’s, OT’s, RN’s, AIN’s, Doctors, Speech Pathologists and Podiatrists; we give a very complimentary approach to our work and are consistently striving to achieve our residents goals and maintain their quality of life.
Why is allied health important as we age?
Allied health is vital in our ageing process as it enables us to continue to engage in meaningful daily activities that give us a sense of empowerment and happiness within our lives. Allied Health workers understand that all human beings, regardless of age, have a valuable role within society and strive to encourage all people to continue to do the things that bring them joy.
Did you always think you would work in aged care/community settings?
Yes, this was always an area I knew that I would like to work in.
Have you worked with us in the community or NDIS?
I am yet to delve into the NDIS work but this is an area I am interested in as there is a lot of space for OT’s to grow in this sector!
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