Anjeela is NHEDF’s physio and started work at NHEDF in September, 2015.
Her job is multi-dimensional. She works with patients to improve their balance and gait. She fits slings and splints, measures for prostheses and provides advice on mobility. She provides education to patients and carers so that physio techniques and exercises can be performed after discharge and she helps with discharge planning. She develops individualised exercise programs for her patients to recover their mobility, maximise their independence and prevent stiffness and contractures. As you can imagine Anjeela is very busy!
Anjeela thinks she has a hard job and much to the hilarity of the nurses, she “thinks that nursing would be easier”! She loves everything about her job. She is currently working flexible hours but there is a long-term plan for her to set up a physio treatment room at the Shelter, so that she can also “treat patients from the surrounding region where there is a great need”. NHEDF currently has one patient who is coming for physio as an out-patient but they are hoping that this service will increase. Anjeela explained that “a physiotherapy consultation in Nepal costs the equivalent of AU$7.50 which is out of reach for the majority of Nepalese people. Even within the hospitals there are no free physiotherapy services and patients have to pay. Many people go without the physiotherapy they need to restore function because they cannot afford it, and this leads to huge increases in disability in Nepal”.
A huge thank you to Anjeela’s sponsors for enabling NHEDF to employ her!