This year the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s 2011 conference had special meaning for all of us at WPPC. The conference is always exciting and a great learning opportunity for new and old physiotherapists alike. There was an expected audience of over 2,000 Physiotherapists, supported by an exhibition trade of over 100 booths.
Andrew Dalwood packed his bags and trekked up to Brisbane for the conference. Not only was he there to mingle with some of the great minds in the field he was also there to attend the specialisation graduation ceremony, as a graduate! It is a tremendous achievement to become a specialist physiotherapist.
Andrew put together a few words to describe undertaking the specialisation process.
Last week at the APA conference that I attended in Brisbane there was a graduation ceremony for the admission of Fellowes to the Australian College of Physiotherapy. This was the culmination of a journey for me of further study, late nights, examinations and lots of coffee. The journey started in December 2008 and the final examinations were performed in Brisbane November 2009. This was an exhaustive period combining work, study and family, but very rewarding in the end. The ceremony now nearly two years later brought back all the feelings of achievement and reflection of the greater knowledge gained and improvements in my clinical management of my patients. There are now some 130 physiotherapist in the College from all over Australia and it was very humbling to be in such great and inspiring company. The journey now two years on is striving for continued improvement in effective patient management of the complex cases and to make “that” difference in “their” lives. A huge thank you to all my family, staff and friends (Dave, Jayce, Rob, Jenny) for all the support and encouragement.
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