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Ashley Lewis - Physiotherapy Manager

08 January 2018 Blog
Introducing our Physiotherapy Manager Ashley Lewis.

What does a typical day in your role involve?

My role is primarily ensuring the governance of the physiotherapy department is maintained, this includes exercise physiology, hydrotherapy and some of the outpatient groups including oncology, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation. I will also work clinically to support the department as required. There is a lot involved in ensuring the department provides the excellent care to our patients and I work in partnership with caregivers to ensure this happens. 

Why did you decide to pursue a career in this field?

I was always very physical and sport minded growing up with a keen interest in fitness and general health. This passion led me to do physiotherapy as my undergraduate degree. Various opportunities eventuated to take on more of a managerial role within physiotherapy and I developed an interest in that side of health.

What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy working as part of a team to produce an environment for caregivers to provide best care. For me it is all about the patient and their needs, what we can do to assist in their journey of returning to optimal health. If we do that then the patient is satisfied, the caregivers are satisfied and we have an environment that also engenders creativity to continually work at doing things better.

What has been a memorable moment working at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital?

It is difficult to describe just one moment, I have been excited by the fact we have recommenced a successful student program, a quality and education program, an environment where caregivers can come up with ideas and try things in a supportive way. All due to the quality of the caregivers that are part of St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

These days it is running around looking after the kids and being their taxi. Every now and then, I like to just sit and watch a good movie.
Ashley Lewis - Physiotherapist

Ashley is a physiotherapist at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital. He completed his physiotherapy degree in 1991 and finished a postgraduate diploma in orthopaedic physiotherapy at University of Melbourne in 1995. He then completed an MBA from Monash University in 2005. Ashley has mainly worked as a rehabilitation clinician. Ashley became a physiotherapist after spending three years in the defence force. He feels it is a privilege to be working in the health sector and continually meet the needs of the patient.