Jemma Corsiatto’s commitment to patient wellbeing earns Allied Health Assistant award at Westmead Hospital

Jemma Corsiatto, a dedicated Allied Health Assistant at Westmead Hospital, has been awarded the prestigious Allied Health Assistant of the Year award at the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) 2023 Allied Health Excellence Awards, in acknowledgement of her exceptional commitment to patient care.

The award recognises an individual who consistently provides extraordinary and quality support for Allied Health professionals and services while actively promoting a positive culture.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Acting Director Allied Health, Luke Taylor, spoke of Jemma’s passion for innovation and dedication to her work.

Jemma is an integral member of the multidisciplinary Allied Health team in the Sub-acute Rehabilitation Ward. She has upskilled in various clinical areas, providing excellent high-quality care to complex long-stay patients across different services including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology. Her innovation and her dedicated approach to improving patient care has seen her establish a Wellness Group in the rehab setting, which has increased therapy time, reduced length of stay and improved morale of her patients.

Luke Taylor, Acting Director Allied Health

Jemma’s journey at Westmead Hospital began in 2022 as a student in Acute Geriatrics, and she has quickly emerged as a compassionate member of her team. Speaking with The Pulse, Jemma said caring for others has always been her calling.

“I was offered a casual position following placement and took this up with no hesitation as it has always been a dream to work in NSW Health and Westmead Hospital was always my first preference,” Jemma said.

“Three months after working casual in Acute care, I was given the opportunity to work on the Sub-acute Rehabilitation Ward and then took up a full time position. I couldn’t be happier with where I am now.”

“I studied to become an Allied Health Assistant as a six-month course through TAFE, and I love being able to work across a multi-disciplinary team and assisting in patients develop across areas of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.”

For Jemma, the connection she forms with patients stands out as one of the most rewarding parts of her role.

“Working in a Rehabilitation Ward and being able to work with patients to progress and achieve goals is why I love my job,” she said.

“A patient enters the rehab ward with significant impairments, and being able to build positive relationships and work closely with them across Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy to see them able to walk out of the hospital gives me so much joy.”

I worked closely with a young patient of a similar age who was admitted to hospital with significant impairments and deficits. I provided care and support to this patient daily to work on her functional ability to get back to her active lifestyle and achieving her goals of returning back to university and being able to drive. With frequent updates from this patient when returning to the ward for visits and seeing her return to her previous active lifestyle has been extremely rewarding. 

Jemma Corsiatto

One of Jemma’s proudest achievements is the establishment of the Wellness Group in the rehab setting. This recreational initiative aims to foster social interaction among patients, contributing to increased therapy time, reduced length of stay, and improved morale.

Jemma hope to expand this program across multiple wards to enhance the overall patient experience.