12 May 2023

Updates & Communications
May 2023


Jennifer Mathias
MHT Director
Senior Clinician

Can you believe it’s May already? This year is flying by. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there. I would say “take a day off” but we all know that’s just not going to happen.

As usual, there has been frenetic activity in and around MHT’s nine locations.

Firstly, the refurbishments at Latrobe Private Hospital are racing along with the development of four operating theatres, additional consulting suites, a brand-new imaging department and, most importantly (to us, anyway), a rejuvenation of our practice rooms. Can’t wait.

MHT’s Latrobe-based therapists Kate, Terri and Jaime as well as receptionist Sharyn will temporarily relocate to rooms at the front of the hospital while our suite is upgraded.

Speaking of hospitals, MHT has launched its brand-new consulting suites at Cabrini Hospital. These suites will improve clinical access to patients in and around the Malvern area. See our website for details.

On a sad note, our lovely Nikita Kumar has taken a six sabbatical to work at the Royal Children’s Hospital in a bid to further her paediatric experience. We look forward to her returning to MHT in February next year. In the meantime, we are going to miss your smile, Nikita.

  • What's New This Month:
  • Word from Jen
  • Shoulder Physiotherapy
  • Specialists Shoulder Study Load
  • Fitness Passion Dominates Dominic's Practice
  • Fast Five with Aby

On a positive note, we are very excited to welcome new physiotherapist, Dominic Tan. Not only is Dominic a widely experienced and highly recommended physio, but he is also a credentialed weightlifting and fitness instructor with qualifications from Melbourne, Singapore and the United States. Read about Dominic’s journey further down in the newsletter.

That’s it until the June newsletter where we will update you on the Latrobe renovations and all the latest from our therapists and practice rooms.

Stay warm.

Shoulder Physiotherapy

Initially the rehabilitation protocol for shoulder injuries often includes protection, rest, ice, and gentle exercises to maintain pain free movement.

Following the initial stages, your therapist will guide you through an individualised program of range of motion and strengthening exercises which will help you return to the tasks that you love and need to do.

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Specialists Shoulder Study Load

It never stops at MHT and while our fabulous therapists are busy treating upper limb conditions, seeing patients and working closely with Melbourne’s leading surgeons, behind the scenes they are working hard to further their education and enhance their specialist knowledge.

Today, we are looking at our shoulder specialists to find out what they are up to on the study front.

Before moving to Australia, Rose graduated as a physiotherapist from the Tehran University of Medical Science and completed a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation in Iran. After arriving in Melbourne, Rose commenced the final stages of a PhD and recently graduated. Rose has contributed extensively to publications and medical journals.

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Kim, who is busy expecting her first baby this year, is also busy completing her Masters in Advanced Practice through Glasgow Caledonian University. She only has a couple of weeks to go!

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Terri, who has worked as a physiotherapist in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, has successfully completed a post graduate certificate in Rehabilitation of the Upper Limb through Auckland University of Technology.

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Well done, team.

Fitness Passion Dominates Dominic's Practice

When it comes to fitness, MHT’s new physiotherapist, Dominic Tan, seems to have done it all.

So much so, he is a certified Powerlifting Australia coach, a certified personal trainer, a certified fitness instructor, a certified sports trainer and a certified massage trainer with credentials from Singapore, Australia and the US.

And in between all this fitness certification, Dominic has managed to obtain a Bachelor – with Honours - in Sports Science and Management and a Master of Physiotherapy from Curtin University with a speciality in shoulder rehabilitation.

Dominic has gained a great deal of experience as an upper limb therapist over the last couple of years working with surgeons, sports doctors and exercise physiologists at Bounce Health Group, has acted as an onsite physio for Visy, Amcor, Coles and Aldi and a physiotherapist for Prideplus Health.

And in his spare time, he has assisted elite athletes and worked as the lead physiotherapist for Basketball Victoria’s Montmorency High Performance Hub, International Football and various Rugby Union clubs.

Melbourne Hand Therapy is looking forward to Dominic starting on June 1 and next newsletter we’ll update you on another new therapist to join the MHT family, Alison. Stay tuned …

If you would like to make an appointment with Dominic, please ring 9000 0557 or click here to book an appointment.

Fast Five with Aby

It’s taken us a few months – OK … maybe four – but Fast Five has finally managed to pin down MHT’s fabulous new practice manager and coordinator, Aby Sardar.

Aby started in January but has been so busy supporting therapists and staff, Fast Five found itself chasing its tail in pursuit of the whirlwind administrator.

But we got there in the end.

Take it away Aby,

What is your guilty streaming pleasure and why?

I like watching Friends and Scrubs. It’s a good way to switch off and its entertaining.

Who do you admire and why?

My mum. She has so much strength and kindness.

What is your go-to Karaoke song?

Sweet Caroline.

What celebrity annoys you the most and why?

The Kardashians. They are so annoying.

If you had to be a Disney character, who would you be and why?

Jane from the Tarzan movie, because she is a cool researcher.

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