What is physiotherapy?
Many people experience a number of physical difficulties, such as problems with strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination due to cancer or treatment for cancer. Physiotherapists work with people to optimise their function and mobility, and promote independence and quality of life.
Lifehouse physiotherapists offer services to inpatients including:
- Providing walking aids to allow for more independent mobility
- Prescribing strengthening, balance and stretching exercises
- Early mobilisation and prevention of complications after surgery
- Education on falls prevention
- Providing exercises and strategies to promote optimal respiratory function
- Leah Steele – Leah.Steele@lh.org.au; 8514 0642
Who is my physiotherapist?
Rose Coyte is a physiotherapist at Lifehouse and was involved in establishing and developing the hospital’s physiotherapy service. In her role, she works with patients to help them return to their previous level of function after a decline due to illness or surgery. She is passionate about working with people to help them achieve their goals and recover so that they are able to return to their home or to work.
In 2016, Rose spent time volunteering in Fiji as a community paediatrics physiotherapist in seven special educational settings. She worked closely with school principals, teachers, parents and students with a disability on education plans and goal setting.
Leah Steele is a physiotherapist at Lifehouse. She began her career as a Rotational Physiotherapist at Redcliffe Hospital after completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons 1A). She was attracted to Lifehouse by its holistic ethos and the unique opportunity to work in a young and growing hospital.
Leah helps inpatients who have difficulties with breathing or movement, with the aim of getting them home quickly and safely. She views her role as one of education and empowerment – giving people the knowledge they need to regain and maintain their quality of life and physical function.
Prior to joining Lifehouse, Leah volunteered at a hospital in Kenya, worked for a VIP in Saudi Arabia and was a Senior Physiotherapist at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.
She is inspired by patients, particularly older patients with a strong drive to keep their independence.