Kerry Browne is the incredible woman behind Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation, with over 20 years of experience as a physiotherapist, her passion for optimal wellness for her clients inspired her to train as a lymphoedema therapist.
What is Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation?
Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation sees patients from diagnosis, through post-operative phase and treatment and then onto a guided exercise program to optimise physical and functional recovery. We specialise in prevention and treatment of lymphoedema, treatment of cording and post-operative scar management. We also assist in continuation or return to physical activity following cancer treatment.
How is it that Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation come to life…?
I have over 20 years’ experience as a physiotherapist and spending the first 15 years of my career specialising in musculoskeletal injuries, it was the work I did whilst in London 15 years ago at a clinic specialising in low back pain led me to train as a polestar pilates practitioner. After returning to Australia, I worked at a busy Melbourne practice specialising in the rehabilitation of cancer patients using both manual and pilates skills. A real passion for optimal wellness for these clients inspired me to train as a lymphoedema therapist.
I moved to Geelong 5 years ago and decided to open my own Oncology practice.
What keeps you coming back to work everyday…?
I am very privileged to be in the position to help people who are dealt the terrible cancer card. I meet them when they are at a difficult time juggling the stress of diagnosis, treatment and their work and family lives and I then watch them come out the other side and return to what they love and enjoy.
My work keeps me grounded and also motivates me to continue to strive to use best practice to help my patients.
Is your job exciting or do you just hang out with people who are struggling with movement?
Day to day I probably wouldn’t describe my work as exciting. Yes I am often dealing with patients who are struggling not just physically but also mentally however their strength and resilience continues to astound me. What is exciting is the research which has recently been published which has confirmed the importance of exercise and movement during and after cancer treatment in decreasing cancer recurrence!
What is planned for the future of Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation?
I will continue to manage cancer patients on a day to day basis but would also like to be involved in some further research into optimising wellness for my clients.
How can I get in contact or find out more about Geelong Cancer Rehabilitation?
My contact number is 0401916365 or you can go to http://www.geelongcancerrehab.com.au