Did you think Physiotherapy was just about sports injuries and massage? Want to know more about what it is like to work as a Physio – from scope of practice to the challenges and rewards? To help answer some of these questions, here’s the profile of Amanda Glaubitz, a Physiotherapist at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
I grew up in a small country town in Western Victoria and chose to move to Melbourne to study Physiotherapy at Monash University straight after finishing secondary school. After 4 years in the big smoke, I was ready for a change of scenery and pace and chose to apply for a job at the Royal Hobart Hospital. My year as a new graduate has been both challenging and incredibly rewarding. As a rotating Physiotherapist, you are exposed to a variety of different environments within your first year and to date I have worked on the medical wards, musculoskeletal outpatients and ICU/general surgical wards. The learning curve as a new graduate is incredibly steep but the support received by both senior and junior staff within the department has been outstanding and I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to put into practice everything I learnt at University.
Decision to study Physiotherapy
I had absolutely no intention of studying Physiotherapy when I finished year 12 and was actually quite disappointed when I received my offer, however, on commencing the course I quickly changed my mind and have loved it ever since.
What do you enjoy most about your profession?
I really enjoy the team based aspect of being a Physiotherapist- I’ve met so many interesting people and learnt different ways of looking at things. It is also really satisfying to work together with people to achieve good outcomes for patients.
The other really rewarding aspect of this profession is really getting to know your patients and being able to help them to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.
What are some of the challenges associated with being a Physiotherapist?
You do see a lot of sad situations, particularly working in Intensive Care or on the Medical Wards and it can be difficult at times to not take your work home with you. I have found the easiest way to overcome this is to have someone to debrief with and also to ensure a good work-life balance.
What are your other interests outside of work? Do you get time to pursue these activities?
I love team sports and play volleyball and netball regularly. I also enjoy getting outdoors and go bushwalking and white water rafting, so the move to Tasmania has been fantastic. The beauty of Physiotherapy is that it is a 9 to 5 job and allows plenty of free time in which to undertake these activities.
Do you have any advice for budding Physiotherapy students?
Get an idea of what the profession involves and if it is something that will suit you. If you like problem solving and working with people then it probably will; if you don’t like hospitals or the sick or injured, probably not so much. Talk to people in the profession and ask to spend some time observing. Also, there are many different fields of Physiotherapy – its not just sports injuries and massage- so it’s worth investigating to see what you might enjoy.