Young stroke survivor inspires health professionals at ACU

Published: Monday 11th July 2016

The School of Allied Health at ACU has hosted more than 120 health professionals who attended an evening Q&A event based on a recently launched book Reinventing Emma by Emma Gee, occupational therapist and stroke survivor.

Emma Gee experienced a stroke at the age of 24 and in her unique position as a health professional and stroke survivor is able to share insights into her rehabilitation and experience of the health care system. Emma spoke candidly to attendees on the night about disempowering situations that proved a catalyst for the penning of her book.

ACU lecturer Liana Cahill partnered with La Trobe University and the rehabilitation equipment company RehabHire to facilitate the Q&A event in June, which was attended by occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech pathologists from health organisations across Melbourne.

ACU students from the Department of Allied Health volunteered on the evening, serving wine and cheese to attendees.

Associate Professor Natasha Lannin from Alfred Health interviewed Emma Gee and heard of her passion for enhancing person-centred care through her workshops, keynote presentations and consultancy.

Emma encouraged attendees to challenge their thinking regarding practices that may disempower their patients and to always strive for genuine individually-tailored care. Emma is involved in the teaching program in occupational therapy at ACU and will deliver a lecture to students in coming weeks.

Quentin Bryce, former Governor-General, wrote the foreword of Emma’s book and noted it to be “illuminating in its candour and uplifting in its illumination of the inner strength of an exceptional young woman”.

Further information about the book Reinventing Emma and a free copy of the first chapter of the book can be found at Emma Gee - The Book.