Rehabilitation Registrar role a first for Rockhampton

27 March 2017

Rockhampton Hospital has gained approval to recruit an accredited advanced trainee in Rehabilitation medicine.

Staff specialist Dr Ganesh Gnanasekaran started work in the Rehabilitation Unit at Rockhampton Hospital in 2015 and quickly recognised the need for the position.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine) agreed, and endorsed the training program.

Dr Betty Lin started work last month as the first rehabilitation registrar in Rockhampton. Dr Gnanasekaran said there were two major benefits to this position. The Rehab Unit gets the support of a trainee doctor, and trainee doctors interested in rehab as their specialty get another option in their career progression.

“Every year the number of trainee applications in Queensland is greater than the number of positions available and this helps meet that demand,” he said.

“Getting an approved college training position is definitely going to interest the doctors more to come up to Rockhampton.”

Dr Lin is thrilled to be the first registrar and is thoroughly enjoying her work in Rehab, wheretypically longer-stay patients are supported in their rehabilitation following illness or injury (eg a stroke or fall).

“We provide true patient and family-centred care and it’s all about what we can do to benefit them,” she said.

“Our aim is to improve our patients’ quality of life and offer assistance to get back to their regular life and the level of function they had before they became ill.”

Picture: Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist Dr Ganesh Gnanasekaran and Registrar Dr Betty Lin.