Lower limb amputation can result as a consequence of trauma or orthopaedic complications as well as vascular indications.
Dr Heather Batten from the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, recently returned from her Churchill Fellowship tour of European amputee centres, and Cairns Hospital Senior Physiotherapist, Uki Inoue, discuss management and challenges both in metropolitan and regional settings.
Dr Heather Batten graduated from UQ with Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1999. She has been the Lead Amputee Physiotherapist at Princess Alexandra Hospital since 2003 and guest lectures on Physiotherapy Amputee Management to universities in SE Qld. She completed her PhD in 2019 from UQ, entitled Functional Outcomes of People with Lower Limb Amputation Following Inpatient Rehabilitation. In 2020, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship with the aim to improve the transition of people with lower limb amputation from hospital to living in the community. As part of the Fellowship, in late 2022, she travelled to 14 amputee rehab facilities in 8 countries across Europe and the UK to compare models of care. She is currently undertaking research into physical activity of amputees post inpatient rehabilitation and phantom limb pain, and also considering how to implement new ideas gained via the Fellowship travel.
Uki Inoue graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons I) in 2008. Uki has been working at the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital since 2014. She has been working as an Advanced Amputee Physiotherapist since 2021. In 2022 Uki, along with her colleagues, established the Queensland Amputee Physiotherapy Special Interest Group as an initiative to improve communication for physiotherapist working with patients after amputation and bench marking for regional hospitals. Uki worked from 2011-2013 in London, UK in various rehabilitation facilities and prior to this completed her graduate years at the Princess Alexandra hospital where her passion for Amputee Rehabilitation began alongside Dr. Heather Batten. Uki is passionate about improving outcomes for patients after amputations in regional and rural areas and is involved in quality improvement activities to advance amputee rehabilitation in her region.
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