Marni Smith - New Physiotherapist At PDH

Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Home is where the heart is and Portland District Health’s new physiotherapist Marni Smith is happy to be back in her home town.

Ms Smith grew up in Portland before studying physiotherapy at the University of South Australia and working in private practice in Adelaide for three years.

She has now returned to Portland to be closer to family and to take up her new role at PDH.

I'm glad I went to Adelaide and stayed after Uni to expand my horizons, but I'm really happy to be back in Portland with my family, she said. I'm not moving again.

Ms Smith was attracted to physiotherapy for a career helping people.

I knew I couldn't do anything with blood or needles - the people I see are all stitched up when they get to physio, she joked.

After moving from private practice to the public health system, Ms Smith is able to cover a variety of conditions and has no specific field of expertise.

I work across the board, she said. There are probably disadvantages and advantages of working in both public and private systems but I like the idea of the wider service in the public setting where people don't have to worry about cost.

Mostly Ms Smith will work in multi-disciplinary teams with nurses, doctors and other allied health professionals to help people to regain their full health.

In private practice you’re very one-on-one with patients, which I enjoy, but I also enjoy working in teams, she said.

I love helping people and getting them to the point where they want to be and to help them be their best possible physical and functional self.

She will also delve into what brought people to physio.

I believe in treating the person as a whole, finding out what's important to them, what impacts on what they can and can’t do and then working together to reach to those goals.

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