Mr Lenny Aronsten1
1Rural Locum Assistance Program, Canberra, Australia
Presenting my experience as a locum physiotherapist for Rural Locum Assistance Program over the last six years I hope will provide a discussion springboard for participants to make practical contributions in building a survival toolkit for locum health professionals.
The brief of Rural LAP is ‘a component of the Australian Government’s rural workforce capacity agenda and aims to provide targeted rural support services to general practitioners, specialists, nurses and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia’. But rather than wax lyrical about adventures in far away lands (or country towns), my preference is to highlight something of the challenges that have changed my life as I’ve changed landscapes. Locum stints are by definition short posts where you need to hit the ground running. One can often feel like a roadie bumping in and out of a gig, living out of a suitcase. However, there are great benefits to be had with the choice to be a locum physio – a journey of discovery across an array of work and geography. The challenges from these years as a roving locum are encapsulated in my title ‘Where Am I, What’s My Login?’. This is actually a question I’ve not infrequently asked myself, an example of losing one’s frame of reference, an occupational hazard of being on the road. I have in my own way gathered a few survival tools to maintain some sense of community and belonging, and I would enjoy the opportunity to workshop these strategies here at this conference
Lenny Aronsten has twenty-three years experience as a physiotherapist across a broad range of applications and environments around Australia including hospital, private practice, defence force, industrial, and remote area service delivery. Following a good decade in remote and indigenous practice, Lenny decided on a sea change, which lead to joining Rural Locum Assistance Program in 2012. The last six years as a physio with Rural LAP has been a great journey of practice in rural towns across the country. Time off between locum stints has allowed the presenter to combine travel to Europe and a slight obsession with physical sciences, music and photography, in chasing the crossroads of art and science.