Farewell to an inspiring staff member

April 28, 2014

Gnanaletchumy Jegasothy, affectionately referred to by her colleagues as Jega, has been an employee at Shenton Park Campus (SPC) since 1977. This month, after 37 years of dedicated service in physiotherapy, Jega will retire, celebrating a remarkably successful and diverse career at Shenton Park.

Jega spent much of her career as a Senior Physiotherapist in the Neurosurgical Rehabilitation Unit, responsible for the delivery of specialist clinical services for patients with acquired brain injury.

Carol Watson, A/Head of Physiotherapy at Royal Perth Hospital says that Jega has played a fundamental role in advancements in the physiotherapy profession.  

“As a professional, role-model, researcher, educator and mentor, Jega has made significant contributions to the physiotherapy profession,” Carol said.

Jega was a pivotal force in the development of the Neurosurgery and Acquired Brain Injury service at the State rehabilitation centre. More recently, she has been a key figure in the Late Effects of Disability (LED) Clinic at SPC, a service that provides rehabilitative support for adults with disabilities acquired in childhood.

“Jega recognised a gap in the availability of complex rehabilitation for adults with disabilities acquired in childhood,” says Carol.

“Working collaboratively with a Rehabilitation Consultant, Jega was the primary force behind the establishment of LED, the first clinic of its kind in Australia”.

An advocate for her patients and her profession, Jega continuously provided support and guidance for junior and senior staff. She was renowned for providing alternative perspectives when approaching clinical problems, known widely as ‘the guru’ in rehabilitative physiotherapy.

In 1992, Jega’s passion for helping those in need took her to Cambodia, where she worked as a volunteer with amputees. Working collaboratively with the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, Jega’s aid work helped to improve the quality of life for adult and juvenile amputees.

“A willingness to give back is reflective of a passion to deliver superior healthcare to those who need it,” Carol said. “The longevity of Jega’s substantial contributions to the industry are testament to her tireless dedication as a professional, researcher, mentor and volunteer in the physiotherapy profession.”