Physiotherapist “right where she belongs”

“There’s no better feeling than watching one of my clients reach their goals.”

Physiotherapist Katie Rudgley always thought she’d end up working in a big city hospital, however once she’d experienced the joy of working at Kurrajong Therapy Plus, she knew she was right where she belonged.

Katie has worked at Kurrajong as a physiotherapist in the Therapy Plus team since 2021, coming to the organisation through the new graduate programme.

She added on to the role in May this year, taking on a newly created position of Student Coordinator, looking after students coming on to placements with the organisation.

Katie loves working in the disability sector, in particular in paediatrics, and relishes the chance to work with children of all ages and abilities.

“I absolutely love my job. Being able to spend time with my kids on my caseload every day means that I always leave work with a smile on my face.”

“After experiencing working in the world of paediatrics and disability and witnessing the amazing work and change that is carried out at Therapy Plus each day there was no doubt in my mind that Therapy Plus is where I belong.”

The role is challenging and varied, and no two days are ever the same – in any given week you’ll find Katie in sessions with clients, writing notes, visiting the orthotics clinic, in sessions at the pool, or at the Tumut Therapy Plus where she runs an outreach service. She is responsible for identifying, assessing and treating a huge range of genetic, musculoskeletal, and neurological conditions that Kurrajong clients may have, and working with them and their families to ensure they reach their therapy goals.

“Since we provide therapy long term, as therapists we have the opportunity to create wonderful relationships with our clients and their families and appreciate firsthand the change we create in their lives.”

“There is no better feeling than watching one of my clients reach their goals.”

The Student Coordinator position, while very different to her role as a physiotherapist, is also extremely rewarding – as it is a new position she has been busy creating policies and procedures that will ensure Kurrajong students are well supported and supervised on their placements, and are able to see how wonderful a career with Kurrajong can be.

When she’s not busy with clients and students, Katie loves heading to the gym, out with friends and family, or relaxing on the couch with whatever new tv show has grabbed her attention.

Physiotherapist Katie Rudgley sitting at her desk facing the camera.