24 October 2022

Meet Nadine Quarisa: The one who wears multiple hats

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Nadine Quarisa

Nadine Quarisa, a physiotherapist at Griffith Base Hospital. Photo: Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Physiotherapist Nadine Quarisa loves the variety in her work as she can utilise a wide range of her knowledge and skills.

The Griffith Base Hospital allied health staff member said each day was different, which helped to keep her work engaging.

Her work includes assessing everyone from newborns to older people, including those undergoing stroke rehabilitation.

“It’s easy to create rapport with patients. Most are pleasantly surprised to find out I am local and are very grateful for the services we provide,” Nadine said. “It keeps a smile on your face.”

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) level 3 physiotherapist works across surgical emergency, rehab and ICU, providing inpatient and outpatient care.

Nadine also assists with the supervision of students and new graduate physiotherapists.

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She also facilitates classes about falls prevention for the people of Griffith.

“I currently run the falls prevention exercise and education program at Griffith Base, which comprises mostly of clients over the age of 65,” Nadine said.

“I am very passionate about aged care and the importance of social interaction, and it is very rewarding to see patients often meet up outside of group settings and develop permanent friendships.

“I feel very privileged to have had a small role in facilitating this.”

Nadine was also responsible for including allied health in Concord Hospital Burns Unit’s expansion of telehealth burns services.

The MLHD staffer said she had been able to increase her autonomy and responsibilities thanks to working in regional facilities, which had led to a faster career progression compared to those working in cities.

“I encourage people to study and stay here – there is just so much regional areas can offer,” she said.

The physiotherapist was born and raised in Griffith and outside of work enjoys spending time with her loved ones and eating great food.

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“I must admit I love being spoilt with a weekly Sunday night feast at Nonna’s,” she said.

Physiotherapists treat patients with pain or movement issues.

They diagnose and manage various physical conditions associated with nerves, muscles, bones and the cardiovascular system.

Patients are taught and guided to use physical techniques that help reduce stiffness and pain and improve movement and quality of life.

Treatments include massaging areas of the body, stretching muscles and manipulating the joints.

Click here to learn more about physiotherapy services at MLHD.

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