When it comes to loving the job you do, Cabrini paediatric orthopaedic surgeon Gary Nattrass would give most a run for their money.
After 24 years in the industry he still loves coming to work, for him it’s the families that make it so special.
“I do love it, I love working with children,” Mr Nattrass said.
“It’s the whole journey, you meet families and you follow their children for 10, 15 – sometimes 20 years. We get involved with the families and you see what they’re going through. You know their problems and hopefully, you can make it easier for them.”
Mr Nattrass said Cabrini’s new Hip Dysplasia Clinic offered a unique ‘one-stop’, multidisciplinary approach to assessing and managing hip dysplasia in babies.
Surgeons, physiotherapists, orthotists and radiographers are all on-site at the clinic, making it a simple process for families.
Mr Nattrass said until now, each practitioner had operated separately, which meant families were forced to drive across town for ultrasounds and brace fittings and adjustments.
Babies can now be assessed clinically, imaged by ultrasound and bracing treatment (if required) can start all in the initial appointment.
Mr Nattrass, a highly experienced paediatric orthopaedic surgeon, is supported by a team of clinicians who specialise in hip dysplasia and all have spent years working in paediatrics.
“It’s just a much quicker process. If families aren’t happy with ultrasound images that have been taken elsewhere, we can liaise with our technician on the spot and get the exact views we are after. Our radiographers are extremely experienced and we get fantastic images,” Mr Nattrass said.
At Cabrini we offer a range of paediatric surgical, medical and clinical services. Our highly experienced specialists provide friendly and family-centred care to infants, children and adolescents across a range of specialties, including the scoliosis and paediatric spinal service and the travel immunisation and vaccination service.
The Cabrini Hip Dysplasia Clinic is located in the Mother and Baby Centre at Cabrini Malvern.
For more information and appointments call (03) 9322 3360 or go to cabrini.com.au/paediatrics