APC E-News – Autumn Edition 2017

Welcome to the Autumn Edition of the APC E-News.

Below you will find updates on APC’s latest activities and events in the amputee community including – APC’s Bandaged Bear Breakfast, Össur Mobility Clinic and AMP Camp.

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From all the Team at APC, we hope you have a lovely Autumn.

Bandaged Bear Breakfast 2017

APC’s Bandaged Bear Breakfast is taking place in two weeks! Come and join us for breakfast from
8-10am and meet our special guest, Long Jump Paralympian, Sarah Walsh, on an exciting morning filled with fun activities such as face painting, raffle prize draws, and more!

All proceeds go directly to “The Limb Deficiency Clinic”
for The Children’s Hospital, Westmead

When: Friday 24th March
Time: 8-10am
Location: 2 Redbank Road, Northmead NSW 2152
Cost: $10

If you haven’t already RSVP’d, please contact Lisa at [email protected] or on 02 9890 8123 and let us know that you are coming!

All funds raised will go directly to providing world-class care and services to children with limb difference through the Limb Deficiency Clinic. If you would like to share your support, please consider donating via the link below.

New Clinic in Port Macquarie

We are excited to announce the opening of our new regional clinic in Port Macquarie, NSW.

APC Prosthetics now visits Port Macquarie every three weeks to extend our service to amputees in the Mid North Coast Region.

New Clinic at:
Suite 2/2 Wrights Road,
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

If you have any questions regarding this new service, please contact the APC Hunter office at [email protected] or on 02 4969 8700.

Welcome Kristopher van Parreren to APC Hunter

Kristopher van Parreren
Clinical Prosthetist

Kris graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne with a Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Since graduating, Kris went on to work at Ballarat Health Services for 6 months and at Barwon Prosthetics and Orthotics in Geelong for the past 3 and a half years.

In January 2017, Kris joined the APC Hunter team, assisting with the opening of APC’s new regional clinic in Port Macquarie, as well as aiding with the workload in Newcastle and Tamworth.

A keen traveller, Kris has recently returned from a holiday in Norway and was captivated by its dramatic landscapes. He can’t wait to go back to its picturesque scenery.

As a creative person, Kris likes to spend time composing his own music. Kris enjoys being active and working on his fitness, but can also appreciate a good novel, alongside a delicious treat of dukkah on eggs.

Kris grew up always aiming high in all of his endeavours, having admired those who were considered a specialist amongst their peers in their line of field. Working in prosthetics, Kris loves the opportunity to connect with his clients, being able to make an immediate impact on their lives, and the ever evolving nature of his profession. We wish Kris all the best in his new role at APC.

Amber Gorman has moved to APC Northmead

Amber Gorman
Clinical Prosthetist

Born and brought up in country Victoria, Amber has always had an interest in rehabilitation and helping others from an early age.

After graduating in 2013 from La Trobe University in Melbourne with a Master in Clinical Prosthetics & Orthotics, Amber initially secured a locum position at APC Hunter before progressing into a full-time ongoing role.

In January 2017, Amber made the transition down to APC Northmead to further her technical knowledge and clinical experiences as part of the APC team.

Amber is a lover of life and spends her weekends exploring the beauty of Sydney in her trusty camper van. Amber also has a fine appreciation for good music, so you may catch her at a gig or two around town!

Never one to give up, Amber takes inspiration from her dad, who had always taught her to value hard work and encouraged her to pursue her dreams.

Össur Mobility Clinic 2017

The Össur Mobility Clinic is back again in 2017 and will be held on the 10th and 11th of April in Melbourne, VIC.

Össur’s Mobility Clinic is a great event for amputees of all ages and abilities to meet other amputees, create new friends and learn how to improve overall mobility through exercises and activities designed to increase confidence, balance and strength.

If you would like more information about the event, please visit Össur Mobility Clinic FAQ’s or email the organisers at [email protected]

AMP Camp 2017 is happening this weekend!

Good luck to all attending Campers and we hope you enjoy an amazing weekend at AMP Camp.

We would like to thank everyone who has come to the financial aid of the AMP Camp organisers. Your generosity and support has enabled many campers all over Australia to be given the amazing opportunity to meet other amputees, learn new skills and create memories for life.

Please read below a special message from Russell Hodge, who has been blown away from your kind generosity.

Dear friends of Amp Camp,

Amp Camp 2017 commences this coming Friday 10th March and there are 72 very excited campers out there. It’s been quite a journey getting everything ready, but the Amp Camp Team have proven themselves to be very diligent and thorough. Flights are booked, the program sorted, leaders ready (well, almost) and final touches being completed.

A stand out for Amp Camp 2017 has been how the funds have been raised. Yes, we did receive some grants and are deeply grateful to those organisations accepting Amp Camp as a worthy cause.  However, by far the majority of funds came through friends, family and generous supporters who responded to our call for financial assistance.

On the 20th January we expressed the need to raise $20,000.00, which was the approximate figure needed to fly camp participants to Amp Camp from all over Australia, from Tasmania in the South to the remote Mulan Community in the North. By the end of February we had already reached our goal. We have raised enough money to pay for the camp; plane tickets have been booked, we can hire the bus needed and we can value-add to the camp by adding some special touches. All this is possible because people like you see goodness, love what we do and want to see it grow.

On behalf of all involved in Amp Camp this year, we send you our deepest gratitude and would like to thank you for your love and support.

I am also excited to announce that for lunch on Monday, 54 Amp Campers will be boarding a Sydney Harbour cruise with Majestic Cruises! I had emailed them with the idea of taking Amp Campers for a Harbour Cruise and I nearly fell off my chair when they responded that they would be able to do it for us Free of Charge! So I wanted to plug this company – Majestic Cruises!  If you ever want to go on a Harbour Cruise please don’t forget these people. Have you ever heard of such a thing? 54 tickets Free of Charge!!!

So stay tuned for what is to come – Amp Camp in Action – post camp video.

Grace and peace to you all,

Amp Camp