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Kate returns to service home city

Monday, 2nd February, 2015

Physiotherapist Kate Vandenheuvel will soon start working at the GP Superclinic and plans to use the gym to help patients with fitness and strength-building. Physiotherapist Kate Vandenheuvel will soon start working at the GP Superclinic and plans to use the gym to help patients with fitness and strength-building.

By Emily Roberts

The GP Superclinic is about to enjoy an influx of doctors.

GP Superclinic’s Operations Manager and Financial Controller, Keven Donnelly, said they will soon see four registrars and two GPs start at the clinic.

“We’ve been unfortunate to lose a registrar but it’s part of the program that they work at different practices,” he said.

“We will be welcoming four new registrars who will start in February.

“They are fully qualified doctors who are undergoing training towards their fellowship.

“They will help with the case load, as well as seeing new patients.

“They will work here for 12 months before they move on.”

Mr Donnelly said they would also be getting two general practitioners. One of them starts at the South Medical Centre next Monday.

“There is always a big waiting list to see doctors so the more we have the better.

“We are also in the process of employing a physiotherapist, former local Kate Vandenheuvel, who has come back to the city to work.

“We have been looking for a physio since before the practice opened.”

Ms Vandenheuvel is studied physiotherapist at Charles Sturt University in Albury.

“I wanted to come back to Broken Hill,” she said. “It was on my mind to get a job in the city when I came back.”

Last year Ms Vandenheuvel was awarded the David Bowler Memorial scholarship. She also travelled to Malaysia to participate in a physio team for the Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge.

“It was an eye-opening experience and it was different to work on athletes in competition rather than before or after,” she said.

“I also saw how different cultures perceive physiotherapy.”

It is hoped that Ms Vandenheuvel will be able to see patients from late February once the paperwork is complete.

The gym has also been successful and Ms Vandenheuvel will be able to use it as part of her work with patients.

The small annex building has been leased to Capitol Radiology. They are undergoing renovations and hope to commence radiology services mid to late March.

“We are hoping this will take the pressure off the hospitals waiting lists,” Mr Donnelly said. “It is going to be a busy year for us.”

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