Occupational Therapist – Advanced Skills Vascular Outpatients, The Townsville Hospital

Sue graduated from Queensland University in 1984 after receiving her bachelor degree in occupational therapy. She has worked as an occupational therapist for the past 31 years, 25 of these years here in Townsville at The Townsville Hospital. 

In 1997 she was employed in the role of Occupational Therapist working in the vascular outpatient caseload. For the past 18 years she has developed a leg ulcer clinic which operates, with the support from vascular surgeons, to assist with the healing of patients with venous leg ulcers. Her role also covers the measuring and fitting of compression garments to manage lower limb oedema, DVT management and to prevent ulcer recurrence. 

She enjoys sharing her knowledge on leg ulcer management with any health professional who is keen to learn more about wound care and compression bandaging and works collaboratively with many community health professionals to increase their knowledge and confidence with compression bandaging. 

Outside her professional career she enjoys family life raising her three children and tandem cycling with her husband.