By Kirsty Davis
Where distance and time mean so much, Tamra Enbom’s mobile orthotics clinic is gaining interest across regional and remote Australia.
From her OrthoEyre Clinic in Whyalla, Tamra’s travelling orthotics ‘workshop’ services Eyre Peninsula from Port Lincoln to Orroroo.
“I only wanted to work as an Orthotist if I could provide the best care possible for my patients; to do that I needed the right equipment and some lateral thinking.”
When on the road, Tamra can often be found ‘on the tools’ designing and building specialist orthotics during a patients appointment, so there’s little delay for those who desperately need orthotics.
“My patient load varies daily from cerebral palsy children through to acquired brain injuries and sporting rehabilitation – you never know who’s going to walk in.
“I clinically assess patient biomechanical needs and design orthotics to protect, heal and support rehabilitation for all kinds of patients,” she said.
Tamra applied and was successful in gaining a National Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grant to establish her mobile service – the first of its kind in Australia.
She is now supporting service providers in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, investigating how mobile services could benefit their regional and remote areas.
Tamra was raised in the hustle and bustle of inner city Melbourne, but moved to Whyalla with her husband 12 years ago for employment opportunities.
Such has been her impact on the EP, Tamra was named HARSCO Whyalla’s Business Woman of the Year this month, recognising her contribution not only to her specialist field, but her commitment to the Eyre Peninsula community.
Outside of her busy work schedule, Tamra is a scouts leader, spent time last year as a Chaplain at Whyalla High School, has helped students design and develop a proposal for a community ‘bush tucker’ garden and most recently was the Project Commissioner for ‘Breaking the Cycle’ – an anti-bullying initiative within scouts organisations.
“It’s essential to contribute to the community, we are where we live, and I love what I do,” Tamra said.
Tamra, who is also a dedicated wife and mother, said her future business plans were to continue providing best care for regional patients and offer support to others in Australia trying to expand orthotic services in regional and remote locations.
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