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Cathy Howells

Consultant Physiotherapist, Author and devoted Mum Cathy is one of Australia’s most knowledgeable and experienced amputee physiotherapists.

Cathy graduated from Cumberland College of Health Sciences in Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Physiotherapy in 1985 and has worked exclusively with amputees for over 20 years.

Starting work as a junior physiotherapist at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Cathy discovered that her professional interest was in orthopaedics and specifically, Amputee Rehabilitation. She was the physiotherapist in charge of the amputee unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital from 1988 until 1994 and has practiced subsequently in the private sector as a consultant Physiotherapist since 1994.

She is one of the keynote lecturers in the annual lower extremity prosthetics course at UNSW and has presented numerous scientific papers at both Australian and International Conferences.

Cathy’s experience in treating amputees spans from consulting at the Children’s Hospital to adults who have undergone amputation due to vascular disease, trauma, cancer and infection. She has treated patients from the pre-operative stage, through rehabilitation, to returning to work, sport and right through to the Paralympic Games.

Simply stated, she loves the game. Cathy is passionate about the Amputee Coach Program because it is an opportunity to create a community of amputees who can communicate with and support each other through this particular life experience. The Amputee Coach fills a void in the provision of information to amputees.

The mission is to help amputees live a fulfilling and active life through physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. As well as an amputee physiotherapist and author, Cathy is a devoted mother, rose enthusiast and fierce competitor at Scrabble.